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 […]

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Creative Writing Resources for Young People

While I was signing books at the Leeds Book Awards, I had a chat with a pupil who asked me for tips on writing and illustrating stories and poems. I had an idea that the Scottish Book Trust website would have just the thing and promised the pupil I’d post links here.

Sure enough, the SBT […]

By |May 26th, 2011|Advice for Writers and Illustrators|Comments Off on Creative Writing Resources for Young People

That Pivotal Moment

It’s a very strange feeling to know you’re on the final leg of a marathon.

This blog has been sorely neglected. It’s growing weeds and spawning spiders, it’s been so long since I brushed it off.

Mea culpa. I have been deep into writing The Next Book, which I have mentioned before. But this time, unlike […]

Climbing the Mountain

And reaching the sky.

Recently I added this photo to my Powerpoint presentation for school groups. It’s a mountain of The Blackhope Enigma drafts, intermingled with comments from my agent. The oldest draft is on the bottom and the most recent at the […]

By |April 9th, 2010|About My Books, Advice for Writers and Illustrators, Inspirations|Comments Off on Climbing the Mountain

SCBWI Scotland’s Summer Conference

Calling all aspiring children’s book writers and illustrators!

The Scottish chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has just published its schedule for the 2010 Summer Conference, featuring top authors and illustrators, including Jane Yolen, Bob Harris, Elizabeth Wein, Nicola Morgan, Sara Pinto, Gillian Philip, Keith […]

By |April 5th, 2010|Advice for Writers and Illustrators, Events, News|Comments Off on SCBWI Scotland’s Summer Conference

What I’m Working On Now #4

A new odyssey.

The sun is out. The 48 hour squall that passed over us, dropping snow, sleet and rain has moved out. Back to spring dreams.

I am ensconced in the Next Book and feeling how far I have come since I started writing The Blackhope Enigma. The learning curve was very steep but the rewards […]

By |April 1st, 2010|Advice for Writers and Illustrators, Books and Publishing, General Updates, Inspirations, My Current Projects, Writing|Comments Off on What I’m Working On Now #4

SCBWI Scotland presents Catherine Rayner

On March 25, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Scotland is hosting award-winning author-illustrator, Catherine Rayner, in a day-long master class on illustrating children’s picture books.

If you are interested, click here for more information.

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Jane Yolen in Edinburgh

Your chance to participate in a picture book workshop with the award-winning American author of over 300 books.

The Scottish branch of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has let me know that Jane Yolen will be leading an all-day workshop about children’s picture books on Sunday, October 4, from 9am […]

By |September 1st, 2009|Advice for Writers and Illustrators, Books and Publishing, Events|Comments Off on Jane Yolen in Edinburgh

The Times/Chicken House Children’s Author Competition

Dust off your children’s book manuscript and sharpen it up. Here’s a competition offering a nice advance. Chicken House is a UK publisher with a great reputation. Good luck!

If you find you need a bit of online advice on your writing, head to Help! I Need A Publisher, Nicola Morgan’s blog. I’ve […]

By |August 6th, 2009|Advice for Writers and Illustrators, Books and Publishing|Comments Off on The Times/Chicken House Children’s Author Competition

Summertime in Glasgow

The studio has cooled down enough that I can work without the fan. I have been aiming it directly at me over the last few weeks, trying not to send papers flying. We usually get a week or two in summer where I curse the poor ventilation and wish I could be outside, but this […]

By |July 14th, 2009|Advice for Writers and Illustrators|Comments Off on Summertime in Glasgow