Supporting Words

As a qualified teacher and a children’s author you would think that writing my own teacher’s notes for each of my books is second nature. Well yes and no. With my mind in many places

Writing about the Unthinkable

I was in New Zealand at the weekend when tragedy struck Christchurch on such a scale that the world is still reeling. No amount of words or flower tributes or tears can reflect the sorrow and pain that the victims, the families and the wider communities are experiencing. As a writer and as someone who […]

Writing The Forever Kid

The Forever Kid is an important picture book narrative that deals with the issues of grief and remembrance. I got the idea for this book when I was thinking about my uncle who I never met. He died when he was a teenager before I was born. My father often spoke about him and described […]

Eddie

I’m remembering Eddie so clearly todayIt isn’t too hard – the images staySo clear in my mind of this man, this friendWhose heart was so full of love till the end.He never did think of his value, his worthBut only of what he could do on this earthTo help others, to care, to teach and […]