Thank you to all my friends at Shatin Junior School!

April 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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A big thank you to all my old friends from Grade 1 to Grade 6 at Shatin Junior School! It was so lovely to see you all again today with my dashing Dark Horse – and to introduce the gorgeous Grade 1s and 2s to my terrific tiger, Temujin! I hope you enjoyed hearing all the fabulous Chinese history! And special thanks to the lovely staff, and especially my friend Karen Hubbard, for hosting me – it was great to see you all again. I look forward to lots of SJS entries in my Clever Competition!

Breaking news! The Emperor Han Wudi rode into Discovery College today!

April 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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And if you don’t believe me, here he is in the pictures above! Huge thanks to wonderful librarian Leanne Sercombe and the dedicated staff of Discovery College for having me today, and to the fabulous kids who were such a great audience! I hope you had as much fun meeting the Dark Horse and Pin Yin Panda as I had introducing them to you!

The Super Silk Road Story Competition starts NOW!

April 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Hello again to all you fabulous writers out there! I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break, because now it’s time to spring into action and enter my latest Clever Competition!

Now if you’ve already read my latest Chinese Calendar Tale, The Tale of a Dark Horse, you’ll know that I’m fascinated by the Silk Road, the ancient trading route that stretched all the way from the old capital of China at Chang ‘An to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea at Antioch in Turkey! It wasn’t always there – and you’ll have to read The Tale of a Dark Horse to find out why and when it started!

So this time I want you to write me a story all about the Silk Road, with three most unusual special features included! Go to my Clever Competitions page above right away to find out all the details! The deadline is in just seven weeks, on Friday 13th June, so if you want to be a winner, you’d better pack your saddle bag, jump on your camel and start your writing journey right away!

A Funny and Fabulous Morning at Kowloon Tong School Primary Section!

April 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


A big Thank You to wonderful librarian Ada Mok and the teachers and students of Kowloon Tong School, Primary Section, for hosting me this morning in a story reading session to the fabulous Grade 5s and the fantastic Grade 6s to celebrate Book Day! I had a great time introducing my handsome Dark Horse, and signing books in the Music Room afterwards! And thanks also to Alva Wong, Christa Tam and all my old friends at Commercial Press for organising the event. Here are some photos!

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Poetry rules at Harrow International!

April 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Warm thanks to Shelagh Green (pictured above), Year 4 teacher at Harrow International, for hosting me this morning when I visited the Grade 4s with my funny and fabulous Introduction to Poetry Workshop!  We had great fun with some heavenly haikus, accurate acrostics, luscious limericks, natty Knock Knocks, clever clerihews and super similes – not to mention lots and lots of alliteration! I look forward to reading some practically perfect poems from the Harrow kids in my next Poem Competition!



If you love wild animals….

April 2, 2014 at 11:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Here I am with my lovely Aussie author friend Jan Latta when we were both in Shanghai recently, photographed on the balcony of the beautiful M on the Bund Restaurant which hosts Shanghai’s annual International Literary Festival. Jan is the author and photographer of the magnificent True to Life Animal series for children, all about endangered species, and I LOVE her books! Here is a fabulous article which just appeared in an Australian magazine called Digital Photography – click on the link to see some fantastic photos of wild animals – including cheetahs and elephants and a baby orangutan – and to read all about her adventures!

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A fabulous Gallop at Renaissance College Hong Kong!

April 2, 2014 at 11:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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The Dark Horse and I galloped in to Renaissance College for a fabulous day of story readings yesterday with the whole of primary school – but my Dark Horse had to take a little break as Chester Choi visited the little ones! Thanks to my lovely hosts, librarians Shirley Chan (left) and Andrea Walker (right) –  it was wonderful to see you again and thank you for the warm welcome! And here is just a snippet of my presentation in one of the sessions – thank you Jamie Schmitz for posting on Youtube!



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