Robert Paul Weston

Joining the University of Lincoln

Lincoln. It’s not just the name of a dead American president. For nearly a thousand years before his assassination, “Lincoln” referred to a small cathedral city in the…

Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2021

For over a century, New York’s Bank Street College of Education has been a bastion of childhood achievement. Their programmes “combine the study of human development, learning theory,…

Zorgamazoo on The New Yorker Radio Hour

Back in the spring of 2020, a little twitter thread made me smile: It still cracks me up. It also makes me wonder. How would you take Zorgamazoo?…

10 Great Picture Books about Japan

In collaboration with illustrator Misa Saburi, I’ve put out my first picture book! Having only published novels and short stories, it was a welcome change. It’s so gratifying…

Prince Puggly in French

I’m proud to announce the French translation of Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff is now available from Editions Seuil in Paris. In French, Prince Puggly is…

Happy Book Birthday, Sakura!

Today is the 20th of February 2018, which means: Happy Book Birthday to Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms! This is my first picture book, with illustrations by the Japanese-American artist,…

Zorgamazoo—now en Français

Excellent news, everyone. There has been a new translation of Zorgamazoo. As you might imagine, finding someone—anyone—to translate this book is harder than finding pearls of wisdom in a…

Happy Loving Day

Had I been born a few years earlier in the U.S. state of Virginia, my existence would have been a crime. Until the summer of 1967, sixteen America states had laws prohibiting…

The Norwich Writers’ Centre is Awesome!

My favourite quote about Norfolk comes from Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, Never Let Me Go. “The lost corner of England” he called it, referring to the fact that Norfolk…

Breakfast with Dr. Seuss

This week a strange, unexpected, and rather wonderful thing happened. I appeared on television. And I have Dr. Seuss to thank. It happened like this… In 2013, a nearly complete…