Friday, 29 November 2013

Another Dragonsitter review

"Full of fun, this is a perfect first chapter book for boys and girls alike."

"Josh Lacey’s comic tale of Eddie, who has been left in charge of his Uncle Morton’s dragons over the holiday, would make an ideal Christmas gift for a new reader. Once they start reading the slim book – perhaps on Boxing Day, too – any child is sure to be hooked."

Many thanks to Books for Keeps for their lovely review of The Dragonsitter's Castle

Full review here:

http://booksforkeeps.co.uk/issue/203/childrens-books/reviews/the-dragonsitter’s-castle

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Dragonsitter events in London and Winchester

I'll be doing a couple of public events over half-term, both of them with Garry Parsons, the illustrator of the Dragonsitter.

I'll be reading from the books and Garry will be drawing dragons, eggs and all kinds of other stuff too.

On Wednesday 30 October, we'll be at the Wessex Children's Book Festival in Winchester. It's at the Discovery Centre at 2.30. Full details here.

On Thursday 31 October, we'll be in London - we're at the Storystock Festival at the Bush Theatre. That event is at 2.30 too. Details here

Please come along if you can - these events are great fun.

And here's the cover of the new Dragonsitter book, which is published this month: 


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Calderdale Book Award

I'm delighted that The Sultan's Tigers has won the Calderdale Book Award.

I was nominated for this award a few years ago for Bearkeeper, but didn't win. When I went back to Halifax last week for the ceremony at the Central Library, I remembered that occasion, and felt quite sure that, once again, I would be watching someone else win the award. But this time I won.

Here is a picture of me with two of the other writers nominated for the award, Simon Mason and Sam Gayton. I travelled back on the train with Sam, and he took revenge during an epic three-hour marathon of ipad games, every one of which he won.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Roald Dahl Museum - Writer-in-Residence

I'm very pleased that I'm going to be Writer-in-Residence at the lovely Roald Dahl Museum for the next few months.


I'll be working on a book of my own - and perhaps I'll get a chance to sit in Roald Dahl's chair, which is now in the museum, along with all the other objects from the shed where he wrote his books.

I'll also be spending some time in the museum's archives. I've already had a look around and seen some of Dahl's notebooks, letters and early drafts, which are absolutely fascinating. I also saw two Oompa-Loompas lying on top of a cupboard, wrapped in bubble-wrap. They were the models made for the Tim Burton version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and are oddly creepy.

I'll also be visiting five schools in Buckingshire and working with several different classes, talking to them about my books and Dahl's, and working with them on their own stories.

I'll be doing several events at the museum, some alone and others with Garry Parsons, who illustrated The Dragonsitter. Please come along if you can. And if you can't, you should try to visit the museum another time - it's a wonderful place.