Aug 19, 2018

Arvon 2018

Last week, I had a wonderful time teaching a 5-day Picture Book course together with the brilliant author/illustrator Alexis Deacon ("Slow Loris","Beegu","I am Henry Finch") at the Arvon writers retreat in Totleigh Barton, Devon.

It is my third time returning to the beautiful 16-century thatched manor house and every time, I come back feeling impassioned and newly inspired. There was a brilliant mix of talented participants and my co-tutor Alexis is an extremely gifted, wise, thoughtful and knowledgeable teacher.

The week involved a lot of creative exercises, sharing of work, discussions, idea development, delicious food and bonding over some wine or star-gazing. On the third night, the wonderful author/illustrator Katherina Manolessou joined us to talk about her work.

You can find out more about both Alexis and Katherina's work here:

All in all, it really was a fantastic week and the centre staff were brilliant from start to finish. I am looking forward to seeing what exciting work/publications may come from those who participated. Thank you to everyone and I hope to go back again in future!

Aug 17, 2018

NEW! Activity Books・アクティビティブック

New English Language Learning activity books are now available in Japan!

Published by MPI, they are based on my previous books "Goody Goody Gumdrops" and "Jack and Zak". There are lots of fun activities inside (Stickers too!) and these books provide a good base for English language learning for young children.

mpiさん出版、Goody Goody GumdropsとJack and Zakの絵本をベースに作られ、楽しく勉強になるアクティビティが盛りだくさんです。たくさんのシールも入っていますよ。