April 28, 2020

Hello! I hope you are all well and safe in the difficult times.

Like everybody else I'm currently in 'lockdown' and spending most of my time at home. Unfortunately, because of this, I wasn't able to launch The Problem with Problems but I did manage to meet up with the illustrator Zehra Hicks at Gosh! Comics in London to sign some o...

January 22, 2020

I'm back with some good news!

In the Autumn my poetry collection A Kid in My Class was lucky enough to win the North Somerset Teacher's Book Award. I was especially pleased about this as it was an award judged by teachers. I'm so glad that they liked all the kids who featured in the book.

I was away touring with The Children's Books...

October 31, 2019

I'm very pleased to hear that A Kid in My Class has been shortlisted for the North Somerset Book Award. The winner is announced in November 2019. The book is also long listed or the UKLA Award 2020. The kids in my class are delighted!

I'll be introducing A Kid in My Class to many other children on Wednesday 6th November as part of...

August 17, 2019

Following on from my Autism & Poetry project, I'm pleased to share with you the booklet of poems that we produced as a result of my time there. Inside, there are haiku, ekphrasis poems, free verse & rhyming poems, blessings, poems about memory and other insights into life as an autistic girl. We were lucky enough to have Chris Rid...

May 3, 2019

At Easter, I finished my Arts Council funded Autism & Poetry project at Limpsfield Grange School. We celebrated our 15 month partnership with a poetry assembly and were lucky enough to have Chris Riddell, the former Children's Laureate, accompany the student's readings with his live illustrations. I've really enjoyed getting to kn...

December 16, 2018

A Happy Christmas to you all!

Here's a quick Round Robin detailing my recent activities.

I've really enjoyed introducing pupils to the kids in MY class this term, touring schools with The Children's Bookshow in Leicester, Wolverhampton and Liverpool schools. 

Some of my poems have also been published in these lovely anthologies...

August 27, 2018

I'm very pleased to announce the birth of my new book. Or rather the arrival of 34 pupils, 2 part-time teachers, a supply teacher, a teaching assistant - and a very clever class hamster. The book has received some lovely reviews including this Guardian quote from Imogen Russell Williams... Rooney evok...

June 16, 2018

Autism and Poetry

It's June, and I'm underway with my poetry project at Limsfield Grange. We're slowly getting to know each other and every new session brings with it more engagement, more writing and more talking. In our last session we tried out Ekphrasis poetry - using familiar and not so familiar art images to provoke poems. It...

February 11, 2018

I have begun 2018 with a new poetry project that will keep me busy over the next 18 months. 

I am pleased to say that I now have Arts Council funding to work in partnership with with Limpsfield Grange, Surrey.

Limpsfield Grange is a residential and day school for girls aged 11 -16 with communication and interaction difficulties. The...

October 26, 2017

Today I'm looking through the roughs of my next poetry book A Kid in My Class, and making some final tweaks before it goes off to the printers. Can August ’18 come around soon enough…?

Here's a sneak preview...

Over the summer, I had the pleasure of reading though all the entries to The Betjeman Poetry Prize (a prize for young poets...

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