I enjoy sharing my experiences of being an author. During primary school visits, sharing ‘The Story of a Picture Book’ helps children to see how a real book takes shape, and how words and pictures work together. Older children are often interested in the printing and production process.

I am a member of the Society of Authors and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) for whom I also review books. I am an editor for Cornerstones, the literary consultancy. I’ve written articles for the Times Educational Supplement, Nursery World and Early Years Educator.

I have given talks about my work in the UK at the University of Southampton, where I’m currently a part-time PhD researcher, and in the USA at the University of Central Michigan.

I follow the Society of Authors recommended rates; please contact me for details, or take a look at the fact sheets on their website. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss a panel event, workshop or talk.

“A fun and interactive approach, particularly suitable for those children who have difficulties in literacy.”

Theresa Wingfield, Year 4 Teacher and Literacy Co-ordinator, Holbrook Primary School, Horsham

“All the children really enjoyed your session and it was great having a real author opening our library!”

Becky Wycherley, Deputy Head Teacher, Trafalgar Community Infant School, Worthing

“Your visit inspired every child from Reception to Year 1 and Year 2. The materials were wonderfully prepared and all the children loved choosing different textured fabrics for their dragons and naming their dragons!”

Liz Foinette, Reception Teacher, St Mary’s C. E. School, East Grinstead