2017 Diary Dates

26th May – The Hay Festival School Programme speaking at 11.15 am

25th May – Talk and signing at bookshop at Chipping Campden

18th May –  ‘928 Miles from Home’ published in hardback

w/b 3rd April – Bologna Book Fair with Il Castoro, inc Il Premio Strega Ragazzi prize ceremony – ‘Smart’ is a shortlisted title

w/b 20th March – Attending Puglia children’s book festival with Italian publisher, Il Castoro

23rd March – ‘A Seven-Letter Word’ is out in paperback

15th March – Presentation, author talk and CW workshops at St Christopher School, Hertfordshire

2nd March – World Book Day author visit at Bishop’s Stortford College

28th February – Author visit, Biddulph High School

9th February – Author visit, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School

11th January – ‘A Seven-Letter Word’ is shortlisted for the St Helen’s SLS ‘BASH’ 2017 11+


2016 Diary Dates

14th December – Local Author’s Reception, Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham

6th December – Author visit Neston High School, Cheshire

1st December – Brilliant Book Award Ceremony with NCC/The Bookcase at Mansfield Library

10th November – Talk and CW workshop with Y8 students at Bulwell Academy

21st October – ‘A Seven-Letter Word’ is nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017

3rd October – Keynote speaker at the UK SLA’s Librarian of the Year Award, Central London

17th/18th July – CW workshops at Ormiston Venture Academy, Great Yarmouth

14th July – Author talk and book signing Arnold Hill School pm

13th July – Author talk and book signing Farnborough School pm

12th July – Author talk and book signing Rushcliffe School pm

12th July – Author talk and book signing Djanogly City Academy am

11th July – Author talk Emmanuel School

8th July – ‘A Seven-Letter Word’ gets its first longlisting for the St Helen’s Book Award 2017 (BASH)

7th July – Writing workshops at Nottingham High School pm

6th July – Author talk and book signing at the Learning Lounge, Toot Hill School

4th July – Writing workshops at Nottingham High School pm

1st  July – Writing workshops at Nottingham High School pm

30th June – Author talk and book signing at Ashfield School, Kirkby-in-Ashfield

27th/28th June – Bolton Book Award: writing workshops am followed by awards ceremony pm

27th June – ‘Smart’ wins its 10th book award

27th June – ‘The Read’ Stockport Schools’ Book Award ceremony am

24th/25th June – Schools Library Association conference with Macmillan, Gloucestershire

21st/22nd June – Children’s Reading Partners Roadshow with Macmillan, Gateshead Library

19th/20th June – Running creative writing workshops in Tower Hamlets for CW competition winners

14th June – Author talk ‘Homegrown Talent’ at West Bridgford Library, 2.30 pm

12th/13th June – Tower Hamlets creative writing competition awards ceremony

8th June – Rushcliffe School Book Club 12.30 pm

28th May – The Federation of Children’s Book Groups Prize 2016 grand finale, Central London

12th May – ‘Smart’ wins the North Herts’ Schools Book Award 2016 (Younger teen readers)

11th May – ‘Smart’ wins the Grampian Children’s Book Award 2016

16th April – 26th May – Writing in sunny Spain!

24th March – My second YA novel, ‘A Seven-Letter Word’ is published in hardback by Macmillan Children’s Books … book launch event hosted by Waterstones, NG

14th March – Warwickshire Secondary Book Award ceremony

9th/10th March – ‘A Seven-Letter Word’ author visits, Stockport

5th March – Panel member ‘The Authentic Voice’ 11.45-12.40 The Writers’ Conference, The Martin Hall, Loughborough Uni

3rd March – World Book Day Evening – Bulwell Academy 6-7 pm

3rd March – World Book Day – author visit to Nottingham High School

1st March – The Weald Book Award ceremony

19th February – ‘Smart’ is published by Dtv Junior in Germany

10th February – Brilliant Book Award visits: The Bramcote School am/Ellis Guilford School pm

9th February –  Lunchtime visit to Nottingham Girls’ High School Book Club

30th January – ‘Writing Young Adult Fiction’ workshop – Worksop Libary 10am – 1pm

28th January – Lunchtime visit to Fernwood School Book Club

27th January – Author talk at Greenfields Community School, Nottingham

21st January – Panel member – Costa Book Awards Shortlist Evening, West Bridgford Library

18th January – ‘Relationships & Issues in YA Fiction’ – 6.30 – 9 pm MA core module session at Nottingham Trent University

2015 Diary Dates

1st December – Author visit at the QMC Children’s Hospital School

30th November – Notts TV appearance; 6.30 Show

27 November – Tower Hamlets Book Award ceremony, Swanlea School

19th November – Full day of school visits in Tower Hamlets, London

17th November – ‘Smart’ is shortlisted for Nottinghamshire’s Brilliant Book Award 2016

16th November – Bulwell Academy – Workshop with creative writing group 3pm

11th November – Full day of school visits in Tower Hamlets, London

9th November – Talk/workshop with English/CW students at University of Leicester 2-4 pm

5th November – ‘Smart’ is shortlisted for the Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards 2016

2nd November – ‘Smart’ is shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award 2016

27th October – 9 am Session with CW students at University of Nottingham

22nd October – ‘Smart’ is published by Il Castoro in Italy

13th October – Presenting certificates for ‘The Six Book Challenge’ at the Council House, Nottingham 4.30 pm

7th October – ‘Smart’ is shortlisted for the Bolton Book Award

5th October – Notts TV appearance; 6.30 Show

1st October – YA Panel member on ‘Mental Health & Diversity in YA Fiction’, Waterstones Leeds, 7 pm

25th Sep – ‘Smart’ is selected as a future classic title by Booktrust.

25th Sep – Full day of creative writing workshops at St Helen’s Central Library

1st Sep – Notts TV appearance; 6.30 Show

19th Aug – ‘Relationships and Issues in YA Fiction’ session – Nottingham Writers’ Studio

22 July – Pan Macmillan’s ‘Publisher of the Year’ summer party, 6.30 pm, London

4 July  –  ‘Steps to Strong YA’ session – Nottingham Writers’ Studio Development Day

30 Jun – East Midlands Book Award 2015 ceremony, 6 – 9 pm at Bromley House Library, Nottingham

27 Jun –  Author talk at Lowdham Book Festival 12.30-1.30 pm

3 Jun  – East Midlands Book Award showcase reading, Worksop Library 7pm

3 Jun  – ‘Writing Crime’ workshop at Bulwell Academy, Nottingham

28 May – Guest on the 6.30 Show, Notts TV

19 May – Leeds Book Awards 2015 ceremony, Pudsey Civic Hall

14 May – Creative Writing afternoon workshop at Ellis Guilford School, Nottingham

14 May – Creative Writing morning workshops at The Fernwood School, Wollaton

30 April – St Helen’s Book Award (BASH) 2015 ceremony, Chester Lane Library, St Helen’s

20 April – Shropshire Teenage Book Award 2015 ceremony, Shirehall, Shrewsbury. 

1 & 2 April – Creative Writing workshops at Edna G Olds Academy, Nottingham

26 March – Waterstones Children’s Book Prize event at Waterstones, Piccadilly

14 March – SMART is shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2015

26 Feb – Guest on the 6.30 Show, Notts TV

24 Feb – Creative Writing day at Glapton Academy, Nottingham

20 Feb –  Guest on BBC East Midlands Today Show

16 Feb  –  Guest on the Verity Cowley Show, BBC Radio Nottingham

12 Feb  –  SMART paperback edition released

12 Feb  –  SMART shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2015

10 Feb  –  SMART longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2015