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 […]
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.
Here are some thoughts about why I write, recorded for National Writing Day 2019. It’s National Writing Day tomorrow, check out their hashtag #247challenge to see 24 word short stories written for this celebration of writing. Why not have a go at writing one yourself!
An extract from the Firebird Chronicles: They made their way along a dirt track that led through the heart of the makeshift encampment. Every so often, through the tarpaulins pulled between the shacks, Scoop caught a glimpse of the cathedral domes. The air was close, heavy with the smell of fried fish, sweet meats and […]
This is the final monologue in a series of stories being released as separate blogs. They form an account of an experiment performed at Knaresborough castle for Fright Night, Halloween 2013. Investigators travelled around the castle grounds to discover ghosts, who waited, hungry to tell their stories. As you read the accounts, I invite you […]
This is the third in a series of monologues being released as separate blogs. They form an account of an experiment performed at Knaresborough castle for Fright Night, Halloween 2013. Investigators travelled around the castle grounds to discover ghosts, who waited, hungry to tell their stories. As you read the accounts, I invite you to […]
Being an author and theatre director, I spend a lot of my time either writing about fictional worlds or bringing them to life on stage. The perfect combination? Adapting my own book into a play! I’m currently in the process of bringing my first book in The Firebird Chronicles series, Rise of the Shadow Stealers, to the […]
“For me, one of the final scenes was so beautifully unexpected. It involves a sort of revelation for one of the antagonists and was written so perfectly.” Auburn Langley, Goodreads
I’m excited to be the writer and director for this new journey based, community performance of Wind in the Willows. Meet Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger on the banks of the River Nidd. Beginning at the castle, this charming production will take audiences on a journey through fantastic river scenery, past giant puppet ducks, through Badger’s secret den, culminating in a […]