Now that I’ve started a PhD in Creative Writing, I’m hoping I’ll be inspired to blog about it, although at the moment all feels a bit like journeying into the unknown. I’ll be researching within the field of young adult and children’s literature, producing both a thesis and a fictional work.
I have spent a lot of time not writing lately. I think it’s partly due to fighting that shut-in feeling which comes with staying at home to avoid COVID-19 but it’s also because I’ve always needed to incorporate “not writing” times into my life in order to get back to wanting to write anything at … Continue reading On Not Writing…
I started painting onions in the middle of winter because I wanted to have a go at something botanical and there were no flowers in bloom. I was also living in a town at the time, without a garden or easy access to the countryside. So I searched the kitchen cupboards and that’s how it … Continue reading Painting Onions – Reasons to Give It a Try
The simple answer from my point of view is, “Don’t.” Let me explain. I get asked this quite a lot; not so much online but out in the physical world. Though I try not to show it, it’s a question which makes me want to head for the nearest door. Don’t get me wrong, it’s … Continue reading Why Write for Children?
I didn’t grow up in the age of the internet and I’ve never quite managed to shrug off the fear that I’m bragging when I post about a new publication. However, this one’s different. Keith Dando (the illustrator) and I had such a wonderful time putting this children’s picture book together that every time I … Continue reading The Easter Bunny Book
As of late I have found myself co-writing rhyming books for children and along the way I’ve worked out a handful of dos and don’ts. Before I get into that though, I should make it clear that this post is only about functional narrative verse, that’s to say telling a basic story in rhyme. It’s … Continue reading Writing Rhyming Books for Children – Dos and Don’ts
I’ve been ever so busy over the last few weeks so I’m afraid it has taken me a long time to post this, but a new Christmas letter of mine was added to rooftoppost.co.uk last month for you to print out free. I entitled it “Rudolph’s Fishy Tale” because it tells the story of Rudolph’s … Continue reading Latest Christmas Letter
One of the more taxing pieces of work I’ve had to get done this month is an ornithological painting of a hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes). Now, I have to say I don’t often do birds. As far as scientific studies go, I have a far greater leaning towards the botanical. I like plants. I don’t wish … Continue reading Painting a Hawfinch
For those of you who like to follow the progress of my Father Christmas story-letters… I wanted to write this quick post to let you know that I’ve now finished the first of this year’s new printable letters, “Father Christmas and the Pirates”. (Yay!) It should be available for you to print from September 2013 … Continue reading Past the Pirates and on to the Talking Tree
Well, it’s that time of year again. The sun may be blazing through the window and the summer may be well underway, but the Christmas letters call. I have been asked to do both “before Christmas” and “Christmas Morning” letters as usual and I thought this year, I’d start with the latter. For anyone who … Continue reading Starting the First Christmas Letter
As those of you who’ve had my letters for aeons already know, I write new ones for Rooftop Post every year.What you won’t know (unless you’ve read it somewhere on their website) is that this year, there’s a difference. This year, they have decided to stop selling personalised letters in favour of providing printable ones … Continue reading Father Christmas Letters: Changes for 2013