Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs, talks about her new book, The Snow Girl, and her love of Slavic folk stories.
My books blog – my own books, and those by other authors.
Find out about Tudor childhood and how children in the courts and on the streets of Henry VIII’s England lived, worked and were educated.
A new fantasy adventure novel by prolific author Nicola Davies. As well as my review, Nicola Davies tells how she created Skrimsli.
A review of Five Survive, the latest novel by Holly Jackson, the multi-million selling author of the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series.
A review of 2023 Carnegie Shadowers’ Award winner I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys and reviews of all shortlisted books by myself and my local shadowers.
My review of the gripping post-apocalypse novel The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros, winner of the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Award for Writing.
How to write a short story: golden rules plus tips, ideas and dos and don’ts for new writers or teachers writing short stories in the classroom.
Julia and the Shark and Leila and the Blue Fox, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, explore issues of global warming and environmental damage to wildlife.
Hannah Gold, author of the highly acclaimed The Last Bear, The Lost Whale and now Finding Bear, talks to me about her writing.
Patrick Ness’s Different for Boys is a powerful portrayal of the subject of relationships between young males; physical, sexual and emotional.
Author Gill Lewis talks about her new book Moonflight, as well as her writing process. Plus my review of Moonflight and tips on writing animal stories.
How to write riddle rhymes and puzzle poems, with a little help from poets Kevin Crossley-Holland and James Carter.