Heartsong: latest from my Blog

Getting and giving great author events

I’m on a panel today at an Edinburgh Book Festival event organised by the wonderful SE Scotland branch of SCBWI and, since there are six of us on...

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Exams and resilience

‘Tis the season to be stressed about exam results. In Scotland, pupils have already been through results day on August 5th but, in England, A-level results are out...

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For Scottish schools only

Every Scottish school buying a BRAIN STICK™ before August 25th will receive a signed copy of their choice of Blame My Brain, The Teenage Guide to Stress and or...

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Remembering my grandfather

Today, on the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, I’m thinking about my grandfather, Harry Robert Spencer. He was (like many others) too young to join up...

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My Edbookfest events – something for everyone!

I’d love to meet you at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Please come to one of my events and do get in touch, if you like, to say you’ll...

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