Inspiration and Aspiration 2014

Yellow Rabbit ACORN webHappy Second Half of January! By now we’ve all had plenty of time to assess 2013 and make wishes for 2014. Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about.

Top creative experiences in 2013:

Launching two new books for children and young people. In May […]

By |January 17th, 2014|About My Books, Inspirations, News|Comments Off on Inspiration and Aspiration 2014

Helsinki: Arrival at 60° North

I haven’t quite caught up with the fact that I am now in Finland.

I learned just over two weeks ago that I had been selected for a Helsinki International Arts Programme residency and it felt slightly unreal. The Scottish Book Trust, who are administering the two new residencies for Scotland-based children’s writers, pulled out all […]

By |March 16th, 2012|My Current Projects, News, Writing|6 Comments

Mapping Ideas

In which I deconstruct and reconstruct The Next Book.

I am on a short breather from work on my next children’s novel. This gives me a chance to stand back, tidy my workspace (and my brain).

I always find it fascinating to see how writers and artists work. Seeing sketches and scribbles others have done reminds me […]

By |January 27th, 2011|About My Books, My Current Projects, Writing|Comments Off on Mapping Ideas

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