Welcome Temper Tabitha

Today is the official release day for my new picture book with Larrikin House, illustrated by Leah Russack. No big fanfare or book launch, just a quiet announcement to welcome Tabitha into this very strange world that we are living in at the moment. And here’s a sneak peek of how the story begins. When […]

The School Magazine and me

15 years ago The School Magazine published a poem titled, If I Were a Giant, and this was the beginning of a very beautiful friendship. Illustrated exquisitely by the late, great Kim Gamble, this poem still holds a special place in my heart. Since then, along with so many wonderful illustrators, we have produced many […]

What some of my poems have been up to.

Just wanted to share what some of my poems have been up to lately should you fancy taking a look. Stone the Crows Stone the Crows was first published in The Caterpillar Magazine in 2018 and it recently appeared in their weekly mailout. It has been added to the Better Than Starbucks site here. Such […]

Over the moon!

My last post was titled The Moon so why now am I over it? Because today I can publicly announce that my poem – Everything’s Been Cancelled, has been commended by poet Roger McGough, judge of this year’s Caterpillar Poetry Prize. Sitting alongside me are such fabulous names as Coral Rumble (Winner of the prize […]

Autumn Cleaning

One thing that staying inside has lead to – is a tidy up of this blog. With my second picture book hovering in the wings I thought it was time to upload a new page to showcase the soon to be released Temper Tabitha, illustrated by Leah Russack and published by Larrikin House. Written in […]

Some spooky stuff

Halloween isn’t really something that we celebrate in our family, especially now that the kids have grown up. However, having said that, I do enjoy a spooky story (I grew up reading Stephen King) so thought I might share one on Poetry Friday which is being hosted today on Tabatha Yeatts’ blog. I hope you […]

Googling about…

It’s probably terribly vain but sometimes I Google my name just to see what’s floating about and here’s what I discovered today. This poem was first published by The School Magazine (ORBIT) in 2005 and again in 2016. It also appears in the New Mulberry English Course Book published by Oxford University Press in India, […]