Award-Winning Children's Writer,
Ex-Zombie and
Part-Time Superhero


This is my "official" website where you can read all sorts of random stuff about me and I can pretend to be grown-up for a change.

Spam from the Slushpile

It's a little-known fact that I am a qualified spam archivist! And in that role, I've taken to the pages of Notes from the Slushpile to give my informed opinions on a range of spam comments left on the blog. Can spam be touching, poetic and downright weird? Most definitely.

Read the article here.

Introducing Alphabet Soup

Logo by Paul Morton

I've recently launched a new column for
SCBWI's Words & Pictures magazine, called Alphabet Soup. But what (apart from a tasty and educational foodstuff) is Alphabet Soup?

It's a column looking at forms of children’s publishing where writing and illustration have equal importance – areas like highly illustrated chapter books, children’s comics, educational publishing or digital media. Alphabet Soup is about the intersection between words and pictures, a world in which presentation, design, layout and interactivity have their own impact on how a story is told.

You can read Alphabet Soup on Words & Pictures by clicking here.

I Won an Award!

I'm very pleased to report that my Stew Magazine short story The Last Typewriter is the honors winner in the fiction category of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Magazine Merit Award.
This is, of course, totally awesome, and I'm very happy and honoured to have been recognised for my children's short fiction!