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!

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