2021 is warming up in lots of ways. After the snow comes the thaw, and maybe after a bit of a ‘frozen’ time in terms of writing, there’s more movement now. New ideas are finding their way on to the page. These cover everything from Antarctica to astronauts, and from building bridges to prison breakouts with lots of things in between – it includes picture books, early readers and a return to writing a novel for 8-12s – back where I began. Here’s hoping for lots of growth of these into something eye-catching in the summer. Meanwhile, work on the 6th Museum Mystery Squad story will also continue – watch this ‘space’ (there’s a clue ;)). 

Book events remain quite quiet just now, but there are occasional virtual events or recorded sessions for schools. And in the midst of this second lockdown, the ‘Catscape Online Resource’, ideal for P5 and P6, continues to offer a novel (in audio chapters) and lots of related fun activities. Big thanks to Lasswade Primary School who I’ve been working with on this. The link to the FREE resource we’ve created is   

Finally, with my consultancy ‘hat’ on, 2021 has begun with some evaluation and facilitation work, supporting charities to be more effective in the communities they want to serve. We’ll see what else 2021 brings as the year plays out.