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Costa Book Award Judges announced.


Posted on September 29, 2017

The judges for this year’s Costa Book Award have been announced…and I’m one of them. Along with Sanchita Basu De Sarkar from the Children’s Bookshop in Muswell Hill and Fiona Noble from The Booksell…

Interviewed by John Craven on BBC Countryfile


Posted on September 18, 2017

It was a pleasure to talk to John Craven about Roald Dahl (they knew each other) about how Dahl was inspired by the countryside on a special tribute episode of BBC Countryfile.   I enjoyed a grea…

The Box of Delights – world premiere announced


Posted on July 3, 2017

‘John Masefield’s The Box of Delights is one of the true classics. It has all the magic, adventure, threat, enchantment & excitement of the best tales for children of all ages. I remember wrigglin…

The Wild Beyond shortlisted for Islington Book Award


Posted on February 21, 2017

I was so proud to go to the Arsenal Emirates Stadium this afternoon, for a vey special ceremony, with hundreds of local Islington school children – the first ever Islington Primary Schools Book of the…

Visit Kester’s room in Spectrum Hall


Posted on March 11, 2016

Well, nearly. I can’t quite believe I am writing this, but I just returned from the most surreal but wondrous visit to the fantastic Story Museum in Oxford, and their fantastic new “Animal: A safari t…