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Holiday Greetings!

I’m giving thanks for the many wonderful days this past year – and reflecting on the ones that weren’t so good. Despite enjoying the fond memories of good times, I always find I learn more from the difficult days, even if it takes a bit of time to come around to realisations. This has not been […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|General Updates|Comments Off on Holiday Greetings!

50 Word Spooky Story Winners!

I had an inspiring visit with Year 7 at St John Fisher Catholic High School in Harrogate last month and I set them a little challenge to write a 50 word story about a nearby spooky place. The prize for the top five entries was one of my Blackhope Enigma notebooks.

The students certainly rose to […]

By |February 13th, 2016|Events|Comments Off on 50 Word Spooky Story Winners!

Gallery of Pupil Art!

Earlier this autumn I had the pleasure of visiting Belmont Grosvenor School in Harrogate and working with the pupils on creating stories and illustrations. Here’s a lovely article about the day. We had loads of fun making up crazy tales prompted by character and setting cards I brought along. Sometimes the best stories are created […]

By |December 12th, 2015|Events, Inspirations|Comments Off on Gallery of Pupil Art!

Inspiration Monday: Taking a Breath

I haven’t been near this blog since last month because life has been incredibly busy (in a good way). The last time I checked in with great news about JET BLACK HEART, I was at the start of a jam-packed schedule of teaching, school visits, events and workshops. The studio started to resemble a […]

By |October 26th, 2015|General Updates|Comments Off on Inspiration Monday: Taking a Breath

Jet Black Heart News!


This is a pretty cool surprise: JET BLACK HEART has been shortlisted for the 2016 Coventry Inspiration Book Award in the 11-16 ‘Rapid Reads’ category. It’s in a splendid list of eight books by great authors. That list will go through elimination rounds and be […]

By |September 5th, 2015|About My Books, News|Comments Off on Jet Black Heart News!

Illustration Wednesday – The A-Z of Children’s Books with Fig Taylor

I don’t know whether the last week of August affects you the way it does me. I get excited in anticipation of the annual September buzz, the kind of buzz I should really be feeling on New Year’s Day but often don’t. That’s because years of schooling conditioned me to feel like September is the […]

By |August 26th, 2015|Advice for Writers and Illustrators, Events|Comments Off on Illustration Wednesday – The A-Z of Children’s Books with Fig Taylor

Inspiration Monday – East Street Arts Open Studios 2015

Participating in an Open Studios event can be a bit nerve-wracking. You clean all the paint-covered coffee cups, sweep up bits of paper stuck in the floor boards and generally make the place presentable without sanitising it too much. Then you think about what you’d like to tell people about your work and hope you […]

By |July 13th, 2015|Events, Inspirations|Comments Off on Inspiration Monday – East Street Arts Open Studios 2015

Inspiration Monday! A Great Day Out.

teresa-flavin-big-posterThis fantastic poster greeted me when I arrived at Allerton High School yesterday. The excellent team of students who organised my day of speaking and bookmaking with visiting primary pupils also made a variety of wonderful posters, flip charts, bookmarks and certificates. They were all charming, friendly […]

By |June 30th, 2015|Events, News|Comments Off on Inspiration Monday! A Great Day Out.

Inspiration Monday: Exploring Huddersfield!

I was delighted to be invited to speak to Year 6 at South Crosland CE Junior School recently, especially because Huddersfield Literature Festival awarded my visit as a prize for a schools writing competition. I discovered that the pupils are also keen illustrators when I set them a quick drawing activity and they all came […]

By |June 1st, 2015|Inspirations|Comments Off on Inspiration Monday: Exploring Huddersfield!

Announcing a New Partnership with Book Events for Schools!

I am very excited to announce that I am working with the excellent Book Events for Schools on my Yorkshire-based school and library visits. You may already be familiar with the comprehensive events listing, interview and review site offered by its sister organisation, Book Events for Children.

Book Events for Schools was […]

By |March 17th, 2015|Events, News|Comments Off on Announcing a New Partnership with Book Events for Schools!