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Why authors should connect with their readers

I’ve made it my goal for this year to get out and meet more of my readers. Whilst this, on the surface, seems perfectly obvious and a natural thing to want to do, I can tell you for sure that, for me, it’s been no easy feat. Though a natural introvert, at one point, I would have put ... READ the POST

The importance of free writing

Free writing is an important part of the writing process. Being able to write freely, and without judgement, is something that is not often allowed for within the school curriculum. And I’m not having a go at teachers, or the system, about this. I understand how it’s important to teach children ... READ the POST

Reading aloud with older kids

There is a common misconception that once a child can read confidently on their own, you should stop reading aloud to them. Most parents stop reading to their child by the time they are eight years-old, with only 19% of 8-10's being read to on a daily basis. Research shows, however, that ... READ the POST

Author talks and school visits

It's going to be a busy year for me, as an author. I have not one, but two books coming out, the first of which has its official publication day on World Book Day (March 5th). If you're a regular reader of this blog, you may have heard of the Time School series. I've previously written about the ... READ the POST

Reflecting on the passing of another year – and a decade!

As we approach the end of the year, I always take the time to think about my intentions for the year ahead and whether I stuck to, or achieved, what I had set out to for the current year. It’s also the end of a decade and this is a good opportunity for all of us to reflect on the last ten years. I ... READ the POST