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What is the point of author/illustrator visits?

The society of Authors Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group committee, of which I’m a member, commissioned a survey of schools about their experiences of author/illustrator events. And I...

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York Festival of Writing – resources and stuff

Today and tomorrow, I’m teaching at the exhausting but stimulating and exciting York Festival of Writing, which will be full of writers serious about their writing and becoming published, and...

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Teenagers on The Teenage Guide to Stress

Two recent lovely responses to The Teenage Guide to Stress: From a mother who had been to one of my events with her 14yo daughter: “Last night you spoke...

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Is your brain too noisy?

Everyone has different needs for quiet time, time when not being bombarded by demands and questions. But everyone surely needs some of it. Enough of it. And, it...

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When a signing queue is not just a signing queue

In my life as an author, I have very often been the one without much of a signing queue. I’ve sat next to big-sellers and chewed my redundant pen and...

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