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Crumlin Fun

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Hooray for the wonderful Crumlin teachers. Hospital can be a scary place for the most seasoned grown-up. How much more so for children. They’re away from friends, family and pets and surrounded by strange people, smells, food, conversations, bedclothes and the rest. While there’s clearly a huge effort to make Crumlin a welcoming place, with […]

Scuppering Silence

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Words are amazing. Even if you disagree and say they’re boring they’re amazing, because without them you wouldn’t be able to say they’re boring. If you quacked or grunted like a hippo or made weird whaley sounds, I wouldn’t have a clue what you meant and would probably be driving you to casualty right now. When […]

And the good news is …

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We’re just back from South Africa, that miracle of a country – though you wouldn’t believe it from the media. The papers, TV and radio news were awash with crime stories, corruption scandals and criticism of the government. The stabbing of a man waiting by the roadside after his car broke down; the report on […]

Class Act Launch

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All invited to the launch of Class Act on May 9th. Hope you can make it!

Class Act

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My new book’s arrived on the doorstep, shiny and exciting and just a bit scary. Class Act will be in the bookshops on Friday.  What’s the point of Brian O’Bunion? His teacher hates him. His schoolmates ignore him. His dad hasn’t bought him Coco Pops for two years, one month and nineteen days. He feels […]

Fine words butter no parsnips

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What a mad idea. Imagine trying to scrape words off the page with a knife and spread them on your root vegetable. Www.phrases.org.uk tells us it dates from the 17th century when mashed parsnips were an English staple and so dull they needed ‘buttering up’. It was such a common cookery trick that the English were called butter-stinkers […]

ATTENTION ALL ADVENTURERS!

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Look out for MONKIE BUSINESS, out in all good bookshops at the beginning of February. For all of you who’ve read the first two books, DEAD HAIRY and JUNGLE TANGLE, join Abbie, Perdita, Chester, Grandma and Fernando on their last, most haunting escapade. For all of you who haven’t, jump aboard the Fidgety Bridget for […]

Beyond Words

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Every writer should have a dog. I’m saying that after eight years of resisting the whines and pawings of my own litter. But now we’ve got her – a beautiful, smelly, impossibly keen, unfeasibly soft bundle of lab-retriever called Umber – I realise she’s the greatest gift to those weirdos who spend their days arranging […]

Monkie Business

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It feels good. I’ve just sent off the final version of the last book in the Dead Hairy trilogy. After much computer chewing and pencil gazing (or was it the other way round?) Monkie Business is done and dusted. Well , dusted at least. Just like anything I’ve ever written, it feels miles from done. […]

Junior Genies

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Hooray for Children’s Book Festival. What a great month for writers, let alone school children. You might think it’s the pupils who benefit most when authors park their magic carpets in schools and libraries around the country to drop their pearls of lit-wit. Far from it. Where do you think we pinch our ideas from […]