Heartsong: latest from my Blog

Message to the schools I’m visiting in Sharjah

Greetings! I’m really looking forward to visiting you and talking to pupils and staff. I have just  this afternoon put a load of materials onto a USB stick...

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I’m off to exciting foreign places

One of the most exciting things about being a writer is an overseas trip. They may be exhausting and the preparation is extramungous, with more possibilities of things going...

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Win a copy of “Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders” by @evamusby

For a chance to win this truly excellent, warm and informative book by expert and parent, Eva Musby, see my latest Brain Sane newsletter here, where there are instructions....

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In which I commission a professional illustrator

A while ago, I decided I wanted some illustrations to bring a visual element to the talks and training I do about the teenage brain and stress. In my Powerpoint...

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Federation of Children’s Book Groups

Hugely looking forward to going to this annual conference starting tomorrow. The FCBG is a brilliant organisation, promoting and celebrating children’s books of all sorts. I’m on a...

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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!

The Shop

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Advice for Writers

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Teenagers, Brains & Stress

BMB new cover smallReassurance 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™