Archive for September, 2016


Boy to Blueprint and Studio Canal

51aILmtiPgL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Studio Canal and Blueprint Pictures have bought the screen rights to A Boy Called Christmas. The duo came out on top following strong interest from a number of parties to the film rights. Ol Parker, who wrote both instalments of the hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films, is writing the screen play!


Aarhus 39

aarhus-192x181Hay Festival is launching a European children’s literature festival to take place in Aarhus (the capital of culture in 2017), Denmark, from 25th to 29th October 2017. It will welcome 39 children’s and YA authors under the age of 40 from across Europe. I helped choose the 39 children’s authors along with Daniel Hahn, Kim Fupz Aakeson and Ana Cristina Herreros. The 39 authors will be announced soon.

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The Girl Who Saved Christmas

The Girl Who Saved Christmas is my next children’s book and will be published in UK on November 3rd. It’s the sequel to A Boy Called Christmas and tells the story of Father Christmas’s quest to find Amelia, the first child to wake up on the first ever Christmas morning, and the only person who can bring back the magic of Christmas. Here’s the cover reveal!


Reasons to Stay Alive


5 reasons to stay alive:

Things that have happened to me that have generated more sympathy than depression:

Reasons to Stay Alive:

Me talking about Reasons to Stay Alive:



I’m taking a little time out to work on a new book but I will be doing the following events:

Wednesday 28th September, 4.15 – 6.15pm, as part of the KU Big Read, Kingston University, Clattern Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE, details

Saturday 8th October, 3-4pm, Hillingdon Literary Festival with Sharon Lockyer, Brunel Uni,  details

Saturday 12th November, Dulwich Book Festival

Monday 14th November, Waterstones Brighton event

Tuesday 15th November, Chelmsford event

Wednesday 16th November, Muswell Hill bookshop event

Friday 18th November, Waterstones Manchester event

Saturday 26th November, Foyles event, London

Sunday 27th November, Cambridge Children’s Festival