Libraries past and future

In the village-becoming-a-suburb where I grew up, there were two school buildings. The ‘Old School’ – a solid early 1900s red brick building with high rooms and high windows – had been outgrown by the expanding population, and I did my primary school time in the new school (a sort of flat-pack late 60s construction: our teachers used to mutter that it would fall down long before the Old School did, though as far as I know it’s still going strong). Continue reading

Coming soon: Assalay volume two

With fingers duly crossed against last minute disasters, I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be publishing volume two of the Assalay Trilogy, The Singing War, on 30 November 2015.

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Reading the 2015 Carnegie Medal list

I have an annual summer holiday reading project – which is to read through the year’s Carnegie medal shortlist.

To be exact, it’s only been annual since 2014! so it’s not exactly a long established tradition, but I’m intending to make it one.  My own writing takes a back seat anyway during the summer (school holidays, and time away with the family disrupts the usual routine so I don’t manage much, apart from the odd snatched hour here and there).

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Reflections on Writing and Walking

I have been writing slowly recently.

A few years ago, when I was writing The Assalay Trilogy, I was faster. I worked pretty steadily at a rate of about 1000 words a day, five days a week. I haven’t achieved that since and I’ve been wondering why. Maybe it’s…

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Volume Two of The Assalay Trilogy

I have been busy revising and editing volume two of The Assalay Trilogy, The Singing War, over the summer, and have just about got to the point where I’m ready to send for a proof copy. Actually, I’m not quite ready to, but I probably will anyway, simply because there’s such a huge pleasure in having a real, physical book which you can feel and smell as well as read.

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