Summer Highlights: Spring Fling in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

I know it’s September and we’re almost at the Autumn Equinox, but technically it is still summer. I’m holding onto that thought until 21:02 this Friday, the 22nd, when I finally have to let go of summer. It’s been a rich summer season, busy with work, school and holiday time. I’ve chosen few highlights to reflect […]

By | 2017-09-23T16:01:06+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Inspirations|Comments Off on Summer Highlights: Spring Fling in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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!

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: 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 | 2017-05-20T12:28:59+00:00 June 1st, 2015|Inspirations|Comments Off on Inspiration Monday: Exploring Huddersfield!

World Book Day 2015

My scrumptious thank you gift from the pupils! My scrumptious thank you gift from the pupils!

This is one of the biggest weeks in the UK school calendar! Tomorrow, March 5, children across the land will come to school dressed as their favourite book characters. They’ll be […]

By | 2017-05-20T12:29:00+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Inspirations, News|Comments Off on World Book Day 2015

January Inspiration!

This month has been excellent for art and writing inspiration. I kicked it off a couple of weeks ago when I spent a week at Lumb Bank, the Arvon Foundation’s writing centre in rural Yorkshire. It was magical, as I knew it would be, and it inspired my writing side in a very […]

By | 2017-05-20T12:29:00+00:00 January 28th, 2015|Inspirations|Comments Off on January Inspiration!

Buy Local and Support Your Indie Bookseller!

Totally_locally_Xmas_ManifestoI think this cool poster from Totally Locally says it all. When you venture out to make seasonal purchases, I hope you’ll support the retailers in your neighbourhood, your village, your town. They are your neighbours and their presence helps keep your area thriving, […]

By | 2017-05-20T12:29:00+00:00 November 28th, 2014|Inspirations|Comments Off on Buy Local and Support Your Indie Bookseller!

Maze and labyrinth hunting!

If you know my stories in the Blackhope Enigma trilogy, you know that I have a thing about mazes and labyrinths.

saffron_walden_labyrinth

Because I live in England, there are plenty of ancient and new ones to visit. I like to hunt them down, walk them, figure them […]

By | 2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00 May 7th, 2014|Inspirations|Comments Off on Maze and labyrinth hunting!

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 | 2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00 January 17th, 2014|About My Books, Inspirations, News|Comments Off on Inspiration and Aspiration 2014

Excess Baggage

Jill Maden (Photo by Teresa Flavin) Jill Maden (Photo by Teresa Flavin)

A rollicking ride around Australia with motorcyclist Jill Maden.

I’ll remember the summer of 2013 as one of the more hectic in my adult life. Not only have I been busy talking about my new book, […]

By | 2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00 September 27th, 2013|Books and Publishing, Inspirations, News|Comments Off on Excess Baggage