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 | 2017-08-21T07:38:27+00:00 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 […]

By | 2017-08-21T07:38:40+00:00 December 12th, 2015|Events, Inspirations|Comments Off on Gallery of Pupil Art!

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 | 2017-05-20T12:28:59+00:00 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 | 2017-05-20T12:28:59+00:00 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 | 2017-05-20T12:28:59+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Events, News|Comments Off on Inspiration Monday! A Great Day Out.

Open Studios 2013 at East Street Arts

IMG_0600I had all my creative hats on during a variety of ESA Open Studios events over the past four days: artist, illustrator, writer, workshop leader and even ‘advisor’. It all kicked off on Thursday night with the launch party for ‘Cache’, a small exhibition […]

By | 2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00 October 21st, 2013|Events, News|Comments Off on Open Studios 2013 at East Street Arts

Revisiting FLY HIGH! The Story of Bessie Coleman

fly-high-coverI spent yesterday introducing three groups of Edinburgh schoolchildren to the wonderful role model, Bessie Coleman, whose story I illustrated years ago. Since I began writing and illustrating my own books, I have spoken less about the picture books I illustrated, so I was really pleased […]

By | 2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00 October 10th, 2013|About My Books, Events|Comments Off on Revisiting FLY HIGH! The Story of Bessie Coleman

THE CRIMSON SHARD Book Trailer

Things have been go, go, go since I last wrote a post on this blog – which I am ashamed to say is many months! What’s been going on since I got back from Finland in April? Let’s see. I finished a first draft of a new book, revised it, did quite a few events […]

By | 2017-05-20T12:29:03+00:00 September 6th, 2012|About My Books, Events, News|Comments Off on THE CRIMSON SHARD Book Trailer