Archive for April, 2009

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Fiendish FURNACE

For a brief, belated post about last Saturday’s fantastic Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival — plus a crafty recommendation for perhaps the most thrilling book for young people I’ve read so far this year — check my latest at Trapped By Monsters, here. For further pointers to fine reading check my LibraryThing profile. 😀 ————————– […]

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Title Test Tension Convention!

More touring today with the new UK edition of TIM. First up, a fantastic session at Alexandra Park School, taking a barrage of brilliant questions from Year 7 boys there. Look at all the hands…! To my particular delight, one of the questions that I was asked in this talk was about TITLES. As with […]

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Friday, April 24th, 2009

Hassle-Free Hassenbrook

Herewith a couple of quick pics from today’s brilliant visit to Hassenbrook School, in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex (UK). First up, a Spaghetti Western-style widescreen shot to give you a flavour…! And this (below) which shows pretty clearly how the warm welcome that I received there made me feel…! 😀 This visit was a lot of fun. […]

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Black Tat Q&A Blast!

Before I get down to it, take a look at THIS: This is Dinner Time in Hell, another stunning piece of Black Tat–inspired art by Monique Van Dongen, the genius behind The New Emperor, the winning entry of the previous round of the No Monsters Were Harmed In The Making Of This Website Competition. Apparently […]

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Monday, April 13th, 2009


Maybe, one day, I’ll be the kind of author who takes it all in their stride — and who /doesn’t/ get absurdly, cacklingly, arm-wagglingly, doing-a-weird-little-dance-in-the-carpark excited whenever they see things like this: …Nah. 😀 My thanks to Justin and Yen for inviting me and looking after me so well, and to everyone I met and […]

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Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Monsters Stole My Head!

As you’ll see from this pic in The Buckinghamshire Examiner, the monsters have stolen the top twenty centimetres of my face, leaving me with nothing above my neck but a huge, cheesy grin. Some people might think it’s an improvement, I know. But I hope the monsters bring the rest of my head back: I’m […]

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Awesome Amersham – The Art Attack Advances!

Briefly, here are some more pics just in of the wonderful Tim and Black Tat art that students at Amersham School created for my visit there the other day. Their stunning work has gone up in a special display at the local branch of UK chain bookstore Waterstone’s! You see it there? Just to the […]

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Saturday, April 4th, 2009

How It’s Done

Here’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you about for a while, something a bit special I reckon. It’s a link to a site where you can download a transcript of a discussion between three storytellers at the top of their game as they’re putting together the ideas that will become one of my favourite […]

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Awesome Amersham Art Attack!

Here’s a pic of me doing my stuff during yesterday’s brilliant visit to Amersham School, in Buckinghamshire: See that display in the background? Take a closer look…! Aren’t these spectacular?? This fantastic display of Tim and Black Tat art was created especially for my visit by students in Amersham’s Year 8. Their work is going […]

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