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The Healing Power of Story

I am nocturnally challenged. Many years ago, upon sharing this information with someone I met, he looked me in the eye and said 'Get your beloved to read to you.' I wasn't sure what my beloved would think of that, but I asked him, and he did.…
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Celebrating National Poetry Day

Please click here to read an article I have written about National Poetry Day, celebrated this year (2019) on 3rd October. This year's theme is TRUTH. So, why not join in and #tellyourtruth
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Free Writing Friday - A Creative Classroom Revolution

Click here to read an article I have written about Free Writing Friday. This is a fantastic initiative spearheaded by children's author Cressida Cowell (of How to train your Dragon fame & The Wizards of Once) to give back creative freedom…
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Using poetry to engage & motivate children

Please click here to read an article I wrote for Simply Learning Tuition (a London-based tutor company) on how poetry can be a powerful tool to inspire, engage & motivate children.
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Where do Ideas come from?

Probably the question I get asked more than any other as an author is where my ideas come from. First of all, I'd like to debunk the myth that writers have better ideas than people who don't write. It's simply not true. It's what people…
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An Advent Calendar Poe-Tree

I had been meaning to create an advent calendar 'poe-tree' for my children for years, ever since seeing one on a children's book blog I follow. There's never going to be an easy time to do this, so I just decided to go for it this year, pulling…
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Encouraging Reluctant Readers

I recently had an article published on 'How to Encourage Reluctant Readers' on the Advice for Parents section of Simply Learning Tuition (a London based tutor-company). Click here to have a read of it!
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Lucy Paget: Living Bravely and Creatively

It is hard to know how to describe Lucy Paget, so wide-ranging are her skills. Perhaps polymath would be the best word for her: Writer, Osteopath, Business Owner, Yoga teacher, Nutritional Herbalist, Chef...the list goes on. Lucy has helped…

Rabindranath Tagore: Nobel Literature Prize Winner from the past

After this year's shock announcement that no Nobel prize for Literature will be awarded in 2018 due to a sexual harassment scandal (when, oh when will these scandals cease? I suppose when the perpetrators are all exposed, and that could…
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Want to help me write a novel?

As you probably know, I'm travelling round India right now with my husband and three kids (familygappers.com)and lots of people have been asking me, will your next novel be set in India and based on your experiences? The short answer is no,…