Showtime, featuring Machiko

Here’s something. Good friend and fellow author, Kevin Sylvester, has teamed up with Annick Press to produce Showtime, a fully-illustrated guide to the people working behind the scenes of plays, musicals and concerts. It’s a great book for any young … More

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Poetry, Neil Gaiman, “Writers as Outsiders” and Cowboys in the State of Texas

Last month (April 2013), I headed off to the Texas Library Conference, held in Fort Worth, just outside Dallas. I was a guest on a few panels, speaking on poetry and children’s books. I was honoured to appear with fellow scribblers, … More

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London Street Art

Since relocating to London, I’ve been repeatedly astonished by the quality and sheer preponderance of street art. The stuff is everywhere, especially in my neighbourhood of east London. It’s gorgeous, inspiring stuff, too, not just illegible tags (not that there’s … More

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2012 in Pictures

So that’s it for 2012. The world didn’t end. Life goes on. Et cetera. Wasn’t sure how to recap the year, so I’m doing in pictures. Here are, roughly in chronological order, my ten favourite-slash-most-significant images from the past twelve … More

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Kerouac’s Scrolled Manuscript and Britain’s Last Typewriter

Today I stared down Jack Kerouac’s 120 foot scrolled manuscript of On the Road, currently on display at the British Library. Check it out if you have a chance; the scroll’s impressive for a few reasons. First, it was penned uber-fast, in a … More

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