Portsmouth Book Award 2016


I’m so happy to announce that my book The Whopper (Templar Publishing) has been shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award 2016 (Picture Book Category).

The Portsmouth Book Award is run by the Portsmouth School Library Service. This programme, not only promotes the use of libraries but also encourages lively debate and thought amongst the children reading the books; as they become the voters.

Other nominees shortlisted for this category are; ‘The Something’ by Rebecca Cobb, ‘Oi Frog!’ by Kes Gray and Jim Field and ‘Those Pesky Rabbits’ by Ciara Flood. Congratulations to you all and best of luck!

Many thanks to the Portsmouth School Library Service – long live libraries!

The Whopper



In a rut? Cut it out!

Sometimes the best way to get out of a creative rut is to do something completely different for a bit. I love little theatres (and big ones) – I also sometimes make them. It’s really fun. And fun is important when you’re working.

So if you do get into a creative slump – try a change of scene. Or just cut some things out. It can be good therapy when the dilemmas of two dimensions leave you feeling a little flat 😉

Cat theatre

Jotter block sketches

I just found these in a pile under a pile. Jotter block sketches for a story idea.

I’m always fascinated with how people organise their ideas. I use mix of extremely eclectic sketchbooks, bits of paper, and A4 exercise books . I’ve developed a sort of spread eagled, hunter gatherer approach. Perhaps that’s just the right thing for me. A friend of mine, Martha Lightfoot, uses one sketchbook per project (duh! Why didn’t I think of that!) – very organised.