The Results are Out in my Hair-Raising Halloween Poem Competition!

November 27, 2015 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Aaaaagh! Eeeeek! Brrrrr! ! That’s how I’ve been feeling while judging all the entries in my Hair-Raising Halloween Poem Competition! It’s been absolutely terrifying – and not just because of the large number of entries! There were a huge 127 entries this time, from 27 schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Western Australia, Seattle US, and the UK! There were even entries from whole classes! And the entries were all so gruesomely great, making my job even harder! But at last I’ve come to my decision and the top ten entries in each Category have just been posted on my Clever Competitions page – so click on the Clever Competitions link above for a hair-raising literary experience! Special congratulations to Madeline Painter, Grade 3, Stamford International School, Singapore (Winner of the Years One to Three Category) and Aria Fafat, Grade 5, Canadian International School Lakeside Campus, Singapore (Winner of the Years Four to Six Category), for their magnificent entries. They’ll each receive a free signed copy of one of my books!



A Publishing Workshop at WIS!

November 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Hong Kong Schools, School visits | Leave a comment
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Yesterday I had the huge pleasure of meeting 16 enthusiastic writers and artists from Year 7 at West Island School, as part of the WIS Arts Festival, with my special workshop about Publishing Picture Books from Brilliant Idea to Final Product! It was wonderful to meet so many talented young people, and to show them some real life examples of manuscripts, artist’s sketches and scamps, layouts and dummy books. I wish them the very best of luck for their future publishing careers!

A Great Day at the Conrad Christmas Fair!

November 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It was wonderful to meet so many mums and dads at the Conrad Christmas Fair on Wednesday, when my lovely office manager Mita Jotwani and I sold over 200 of my Chinese Calendar Tales, destined for gift parcels to countries all over the world! See you all there again next year!

Three fun poetry workshops at PLK CKY!

November 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Hong Kong Schools, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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SAM_7236On Tuesday this week I had great fun with the fabulous Year 4 students of P0 Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School at Piper’s Point, in three Introduction to Poetry Workshops! We learned all about rhythm and rhyme, and lots of different types of poetry including acrostics, haikus, rhyming verse and limericks! Many thanks to my lovely host Joli Moore!

Please be patient my friends!

November 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Oh dear! It’s another whopper competition! I’ve had 127 entries from 27 schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Western Australia, Seattle and the UK in my Hair-Raising Halloween competition and they’re all so good, it’s taking me a bit of time to judge! Not long to go now, so please bear with me and the results will be out soon!

Fabulous news from Room to Read!

November 20, 2015 at 9:17 am | Posted in Room to Read | Leave a comment
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Chapter-collage-2015-yellowYAY!! As a very proud Writer Ambassador, I’m excited to tell you that Room To Read has just reached – and forever changed the lives – of 10 million children throughout the world! Room to Read brings literacy, books and education to kids who would otherwise grow up into terrible poverty, unable to read or write or study and never able to find a good job. Click here to see some more terrific photos…and to find out about Room To Read’s exciting NEW goal!

And the even more exciting news is that YOU can help them reach that goal by taking part in a funny, crazy challenge at school! Click here to watch a fun video about the fabulous World Change Challenge and make it part of your fund-raising efforts in 2016!



Your time is up and the judging begins!

November 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment

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Huge thanks to all the fabulous writers who have entered my Hair-Raising Halloween Poem Competition! There have been over 120 entries from 24 schools in 7 different cities in 5 different countries around the world! I’m so excited to start the judging today…but please be patient! It’s going to take me some time to choose the winners from such fantastic entries!

Creating Writers in the Digital Age at CAIS Kowloon City!

November 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SAM_7297Last Monday I had the great pleasure of meeting more parents at Christian Alliance International School when we explored How to Create Great Writers in the Digital Age! We talked about the vital importance of reading books in creating good writers; about clearing kids’ schedules so they have precious time to play, to create, to dream, to read books and to write; about the fabulous benefits of reading aloud to children; keeping diaries and writers’ notebooks; using the internet with cunning; and the importance of Turning Off the Technology on a regular basis! Many thanks to my lovely host Tracy Gliddon for her warm welcome!


Just 10 DAYS to go in my Hair-Raising Halloween Poem Competition!

November 5, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I hope you all had a suitably Hair-Raising Halloween last weekend! And now if you haven’t entered my poetry competition yet, it’s time to get to work! You’ve got just 10 days more to get your entries in! Go to my Clever Competitions page above for all the details! Mwahaha!

It’s been a BUSY month as a Cheeky Monkey comes to town!!!

November 5, 2015 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment


Hello my friends, it’s been SUCH a busy month with a big office move, some fab school visits to Christian Alliance International School, PLK CKY in Piper’s Point and Think International School in Kowloon Tong for story readings, writing workshops and a parent workshop, and a bookstall at St John’s Cathedral Michaelmas Fair last weekend! Not to mention delivery of our gorgeous new book for next Chinese New Year from the printers! Phew! Here’s the front page (above) for a sneak preview! You can get it in the shops in Hong Kong from next week!


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