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Shivering Shrewsbury

Before I headed up to Manchester I travelled up by train to Shrewsbury. Our carriage was a sauna while the others were really cold, so I stripped down to my T-shirt and ran from…


Team Tizzle

Well that’s what they called themselves! R L Tizzle, and they were the winning team during one of my visits to Manchester. This is me telling the ‘I Don’t…


Manchester Book Awards

What a party! This has to be the one to beat. You’ve never seen, felt, heard, somuch enthusiasm - a riotous roar for books. This was great. I loved every minute of it. Thank…


Book Signings without Books

Now there’s a novel idea - no pun intended - but after travelling hours to speak to the Dorset Teaching Reading Conference it turns out that despite months of warning the…


Mystery of the Crystal Skull

While researching the latest Danger Zone which was going to be called The Crystal Skull (before Mr Spielberg decided to use it in his title for Indiana Jones) I spent some time in…


A Spellbinding Award

Another nomination for The Devil’s Breath, which is great news. Cumbria School Library Service’s Spellbinding Award, is a regional award voted for by children from…


Another Cover

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog and that’s because I’ve been snowed under with words. I worked through the latest book, Ice Claw, with the copy…


THANK YOU MR SPIELBERG

Strange things are going on. The world is churning things inside out. I posted a blog on New Year’s Day showing dawn. I stood shivering above the River Dart, bleary eyed,…


DAY ONE

Just in case you missed it - or for those who have never seen one before - this is dawn.January 1 2008.I posted my last blog at one minute before midnight on Monday 31st December…


It’s Behind You!

Shakespeare wrote that the world is a stage ... I think it’s more like a pantomime. Got to have some laughs, rude jokes, and bags of energy - and lots of love of…


DARTMOOR ROUGH

Christmas Eve: Dawn . A low sun struggled to rise behind the mist as I looked out my window at the River Dart. The mirror-sharp surface crinkled when a duck landed, unzipping the…


ITALIAN MAGIC

So there’s a new manager for the England football squad! He’ll have a few problems in the dressing room at half-time. Nice thing about the Italian language is that…