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Some highlights from 2008

  • I hope to spend most of my time writing this year (on a very special project) but will be taking time out to visit a number of schools, some here in the UK, some further away like the International School of Dusseldorf, and some really far away in Calgary, Alberta in Canada!
  • I shall give a keynote talk ‘Ghosts have a Way of Rising: Writing the Past’ at the University of Hertfordshire, 4 April. The conference is called The Sands of Time: Children’s Literature, Culture, Politics and Identity
  • Burn My Heart has been shortlisted for Calderdale’s teenage category book award and I shall meet Calderdale readers in June
  • I also have a turn on a jury this year when I take part in nominating and being an advocate for an author whom I believe has made a difference to the quality of children’s literature for the NSK Neustadt Children’s Literature Prize. I have chosen to advocate Jamila Gavin with Coram Boy as her ‘representative text’!
  • In June, Barrington Stoke publish Call of the Deep. One of my tales is about the Mermaid of Zennor who enticed my Cornish ancestor Mathy out to sea!
  • In November I shall be at the Kaleidoscope Conference Story: Bridging Worlds
  • This year I shall also guest edit with Shereen Pandit a special issue on children’s and young adult literature for the international literary journal Wasafiri in 2009