Heartsong: latest from my Blog

No libraries, no readers – simple

Today, I’m over on The Awfully Big Blog Adventure, talking about the point of libraries and librarians when everything (actually not even nearly everything, but anyway) is online....

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Beating the January blues

I was asked to write an article for the Guardian, giving my ten top tips for beating the January blues, aimed at teenagers (though it’s not so different...

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In which I get stressed in a swimming pool

I went swimming in an actual swimming-pool yesterday. I’m still recovering from the trauma. I hadn’t been to a public pool (and I don’t have a private one)...

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Eating disorders – fab resource for parents

I have come across a truly excellent set of resources for any adults caring for a young person with an eating disorder. It consists of a book (Anorexia and Other Eating...

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Free Brain Stick Bits + Books – every month!

New in 2015: a monthly freebie. In fact, two. I am so good to you! On the 1st of every month (yes, I know this isn’t the 1st of...

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Events & Training

In-service training or talks on adolescence (brain and stress), the reading brain and the science behind reading for pleasure. I also talk to teenagers and parents. No budget for events? Buy a BRAIN STICK™ – and teach young people to look after their brains without the cost of inviting me!

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Advice for Writers

I give honest advice to writers about all aspects of writing, publication and promotion. I also critique MSS and submissions – honestly.

Teenagers, Brains & Stress

Reassurance and understanding for teenagers and the adults who care about them. New title: The Teenage Guide to Stress. You’ll find a free relaxation audio here, too.

Young Adult Novels

Drop into this section to learn more about my award-winning novels for young people. All my books are different, so I hope there’s one (or more…) that you might enjoy.

Patron of Reading

I am delighted to be Scotland’s first Patron of Reading, for the wonderfully enthusiastic Larbert High School near Falkirk. Click here for more information and news as it comes in.

LATEST: The Teenage Guide to Stress and BRAIN STICKS™