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Book extract

Counting down… it’s four weeks to the publication of The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle. The clip above is from my publisher’s YouTube channel – me reading an extract from the book to whet your whistles. Isn’t it funny seeing … Continue reading

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Counting down

Six weeks today, my middle-grade children’s novel, The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle, will be hitting bookshop shelves. I’m both excited, and very nervous. The excited part of me made this book trailer! For those of you who read my … Continue reading

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Kelpies Prize 2019

At the end of last week the Kelpies Prize winners of 2019 were announced up in Edinburgh. I say winners because this year there was a change of format to the prize. This year the Floris team were asking for samples … Continue reading

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Singing trains

Last week was a busy one. My trip to Edinburgh was great. It was beautiful weather up there: clear and crisp, and slanting low light around every corner. I visited my publisher’s office and met my editor properly for the … Continue reading

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Kelpies Prize

I’ve tried to write this blog post a few times and it hasn’t gone well. It’s hard to find words for something that I still feel speechless about. Maybe, in true British fashion, I should start with the weather… On … Continue reading

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Working hard

This week I have been up to Edinburgh for illustration-related meetings (exciting!) and have also learnt a lot about contrast in design. Now I’m going for a rest.

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Goodbyes

The house is full of boxes. I’m feeling wistful about leaving Scotland. There are many things I will miss but some things I won’t. I won’t miss the wind that inhabits Edinburgh all year round. It stalks the tall streets … Continue reading

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Danny, the Champion of the World

The hills that form the southern boundary to Edinburgh are called the Pentlands. On Friday they appeared purple and glamorous, wearing a peplum of rolling fog. Travelling in that direction to visit a friend, and eventually gaining enough height to … Continue reading

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Maple Arts Exhibition

Yesterday airborne seeds smoked and billowed from the downy heads of thistle plants. It always seems to me that, like the mayfly, thistle seeds seasonally pour forth in one of those blink-and-you-miss-it profligate events nature is so good at. Suddenly … Continue reading

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The Falkirk Wheel

The other day we visited the Falkirk Wheel. For those of you who don’t know (I didn’t before this week), the Wheel is a rotating boat lift (the only one of its kind in the world) opened in 2002 to … Continue reading

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