News and Events
Here you will find information about all that is new and upcoming
My first children's book, Greencoats, a historical fantasy set during WW2, is now available. The action takes place in 1940 in Birmingham and Shropshire during the Blitz.
Greencoats is suitable for readers aged 8+ and is being used in schools for KS2 and early KS3 English and History. It has cross curricular links to Art and Science as well. A FREE KS2 Scheme of Work can be downloaded from here: Greencoats
Caroline Lawrence, the author of the wonderful 'Roman Mysteries' series has recommended it: "In Greencoats the magic feels real and the reality magical. Tense, compassionate and lyrical, I devoured it in a weekend. Highly recommended."
When the first bombs fall on Birmingham, ten-year-old Gwen, already haunted by family tragedy, is sent to stay with her eccentric Aunt Tiny in a woodland cottage. As Gwen explores the depths of the ancient forest, she inadvertently conjures up the mischievous spirit of a holly tree, along with other, more malevolent, creatures. When her aunt’s dog is stolen by elves, Gwen must summon all her courage and cunning to get him back. You can order a copy on the Shop page of the website.
The Errant Hours - my first Arrowsmith novel - is now available as an audiobook on Audible and through Amazon.
Rebecca Sharp - a talented voice actor - has brought the late 13th century plot to astonishing life - inhabiting the array of characters from a street child to Edward I - King of England. The reviews have been very positive. Here are some examples:
"I just loved this book. Excellent storytelling, weaving the different time frames, skillfully. I could not stop listening and was happy to inhabit the strange and vulnerable world of medieval England and Wales, told from such a unique perspective. A wonderful book!" U Oatham 22/08/20
You can listen to it for free with a 30 day trial of Audible - here
Author visits to Primary and Secondary Schools exploring the curriculum within 'Greencoats' can be booked through the contact page.
Talks about my historical fiction, poetry readings, medieval research, and being an indie author are available for public or private venues. Book Clubs, Women's Institutes, Bookshops, Libraries, Church Societies and many other groups have enjoyed these presentations. Talks range from 30 min to 1 hour in length. Creative writing workshops can also be tailored to the needs of large or small groups.
Poetry News and Events:
During 2020 I've had poetry published in several places including the Places of Poetry Anthology published by Oneworld, Whirlagust 2 Anthology produced by Yaffle Press, and my poem I become a tree came second in the Creswell Crags Nature Poetry Competition. The prize was my very own Woolly Mammoth, who now gives me moral support from his perch near my desk.
The Errant Hours - the book that travels the world! It has galloped through Morocco, Japan, Portugal, Cuba, Belize and Florida. Last seen being read by the Grad Students in the Celtic Studies Department at Harvard University.
Where will you read your copy?