Heartsong: latest from my Blog

Thriving in a Changing World – conference on boarding

I’m speaking at this conference tomorrow, one talk to pupils (delegates from lots of schools) and one to staff from those schools. Here are some downloadable and printable STAFF...

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How can we sleep during exam stress?

This was the question asked by Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Lancashire, and here is my answer.   If you’d like to ask a question, do! The guidelines are...

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Ask me a question and I’ll give your school a mention

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started a podcast. (Click here to see the episodes so far, about Fleshmarket and one about The Teenage Guide to Stress.) I...

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FREE event for an Edinburgh school!

Next week, I have a 14 year-old schoolgirl, Iona, doing work experience with me and I thought it would be nice if she could come with me when...

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If you teach Fleshmarket, I have something for you

Lots of schools use Fleshmarket as a class reader in Y7 or 8 / S1 or 2. It’s a suitably gory and gripping historical tale featuring surgery before anaesthetic,...

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Teenagers, Brains & Stress

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Young Adult Novels

Read about my award-winning novels for young people. All my books are different, so I hope there’s one for you. Reading should be for pleasure!

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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.

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