The Liars League (or Reading Aloud for Grown-Ups)

Earlier this month, one of my short stories was featured at the Liars’ League, a kind of live action literary journal. It’s a monthly reading series where professional actors read new short fiction. This might seem like an obvious combination, akin to … More

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Dispatch from Norwich

One of my favourite quotes about the city of Norwich comes from Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, Never Let Me Go. “The lost corner of England” he called it, referring to the fact that Norwich is on the east coast, where the land … More

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Children’s Book Day Masterclass at the Norwich Writers’ Centre

Good news, everyone. This year on International Children’s Book Day (2 April), I’ll be part participating in a full day of talks at the Norwich Writers’ Centre. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a wonderful venue in Norwich’s historic Dragon Hall. I’m very honoured to … More

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Manchester Children’s Book Festival and the Importance of Children’s Poetry

Question: Are you reading this in North West England? If so, please consider coming out to say hello this weekend, 4-5 July 2015. I’ll be in Manchester for the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, where I’ll appear with the wonderful Mandy Coe, award-winning author of the … More

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This is What the “Essence” of Reading Sounds Like

Earlier this month, I took an incredible, whirlwind trip to Canada. It was fortuitous, exciting, inspiring, bittersweet—all the things a voyage across the ocean ought to be. Here’s why: 1. Fortuitous: At the beginning of 2015, if you had asked me if I … More

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