This is an extract from a blog written for Leeds Beckett University about creative writing and educational practice. Read the whole blog here
Part of my writing process for my new young adult novel Bea’s Witch: A ghostly coming-of-age story involved using objects to shape the plot and develop the book’s main character. In this video, I introduce some of those objects and talk about my process. Let me know if you’ve ever used objects as a writing […]
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to start a new First Story school residency at Co-Op Grange Academy in Bradford. First Story places published writers in disadvantaged schools to encourage the students to write for pleasure. Over the coming year, I’ll be working with a group of students to […]
Look what arrived today! So exciting!
ANNOUNCEMENT 📣 Cover reveal for Bea’s Witch! I’m really excited to share this with you. I hope you like it. Let me know what you think!
Anthologies of Hope: I’ve been encouraged and inspired by the two First Story anthologies produced by students at the schools where I’ve been Writer-in-Residence this year.
This song from Through the Uncrossbale Boundary is about grief and hope. It’s arranged and performed by the wonderful James Dey #FirebirdChronicles
Here are a couple of extracts from my books, an extract from one of my students’ anthologies, a creative writing idea and a Neil Gaiman quote. Do you think there are writing ‘rules’ that need to be broken?
The ribbons of cloud that twisted around the ship thickened, until slowly, the Black Horizon was consumed by fog. Rain churned the ocean. Despite this, the air was unnaturally quiet. The wind had died down and the sea was flat. The ship cut, almost noiselessly, through the water, its creaks and groans eerie in the […]
I read this at a Michael Morpurgo exhibition at Leeds museum. Which books have moved you and made you think? “Michael’s fiction frequently portrays real events through the eyes of children or animals. By encouraging his young readers to engage emotionally with the experiences of his characters, Michael hopes they may develop the skills to […]