Author, speaker, expert
Author of 100+ books and international authority on adolescent brains, stress and well-being; learning; the reading brain; and effects of screens and social media. Here you can book me to speak, buy my unique teaching materials, find out about my award-winning books or immerse yourself in fascinating human science.
My Areas of expertise
Explaining the changes that define teenage development: biological (sleep, emotion, peer pressure, risk-taking) and external pressures of exams, friends, school and family. Key books: Blame My Brain – The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed and Positively Teenage.
Bringing you evidence-based understanding of stress management, with intriguing insights into brain bandwidth and multi-tasking. For all ages, for life. Key books: Teenage Guide to Stress, Teenage Guide to Friends and Positively Teenage.
A former dyslexia expert, I’m passionate and knowledgeable about the science of reading and the different effects of our choices. My special interest is the evidence of the enormous benefits of reading for pleasure and I invented the word “readaxation”.
The internet and our always-with-us devices have changed our lives, work, friendships – even sleep. I share the science – negatives and positives – for all ages. With common sense, I promise. Key book: The Teenage Guide to Life Online.
“I would have loved to have much longer”
“the best INSET I can remember”
I have written over 100 books for all ages and won many awards. I'm most proud to have won the Scottish Children's Book of the Year twice for my teenage fiction and the School Library Association Award for The Teenage Guide to Stress, winning both the judges' and readers' categories.
The pros and cons of the Digital Age, from the information explosion to the growth of social media. I investigate hot topics like fake news and privacy, multi-tasking and distraction, addiction and over-use, with fascinating, cutting-edge research into how the internet and screen-use affect our lives.
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Most people look at me, read my books or hear me speak and think I am super-controlled, calm, healthy and confident. Most of that is a façade I’ve learned to display. With a highly-ambitious, perfectionist, over-sensitive and introvert personality, I have experience of stress-related illness, anxiety and failure to deal with pressure.
I am an international speaker and have spoken to audiences in countries including France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Spain, Sweden, the UAE, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
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This is something I feel passionately about. It’s also something I know about, as the science of reading is one of my “things”. In fact, this is a re-posted blog