A very special day at Harrow International School Hong Kong!

March 3, 2021 at 7:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A big Hellooooo to all you fabulous students and staff at Harrow International School Hong Kong! Thank you so much for having me yesterday for my first Hong Kong school visit to celebrate this brand new Year of the Ox! It was wonderful to spend time with you reading The Tale of Oswald Ox to the Year 1s to Year 4s, and The Tale of Chester Choi to the gorgeous K1 and K2 kiddies! And then to visit with the Grade 5s…but that was so special it deserves another post all to itself!! A huge thank you to wonderful Director of Libraries Liz Campbell for inviting me and for being my fantastic host for the day! Kung Hei Fat Choi!

FOUR funny and fabulous Year of the Ox challenges!

February 16, 2021 at 1:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Yes, I know, you’re stuck at home and this Chinese New Year isn’t exactly the one we’re all used to, with its Lion Dances and big family feasts and crowds of people out there enjoying all the festivities! But fear not! I have some fun challenges for all you kids at home to complete over the Chinese New Year holidays!

You can:

  • Enter my fabulous international writing competition for primary school kids, An Oxcellent Ox Tale Competition!
  • Enter my brand new Oswald Ox Colouring-In Competition with two beautiful pictures to download!
  • Make my funny Moo Mask!
  • Listen to me reading The Tale of Oswald Ox with Asia Society Hong Kong!

Just click here to go right away to my brand new Fun Challenges page for all the links!

So what are you waiting for! Ready, Steady, GO!!

Hello San Pablo Elementary School in Florida!

February 12, 2021 at 11:53 pm | Posted in United States schools | Leave a comment
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A big HELLO to Mrs Relaford’s 3rd Grade Math class at San Pablo Elementary School, Jacksonville Beach, Florida! It was such fun to meet you all by Zoom this afternoon, to have the chance to read The Tale of Oswald Ox to you all, and to answer your fantastic questions about my books, my writing and celebrating Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai – or Kung Hei Fat Choi – to you all for a fabulous Year of the Ox! And thank you Mrs Relaford for being such a wonderful host!

Kung Hei Fat Choi for the Year of the Ox!

February 12, 2021 at 2:29 am | Posted in Video | Leave a comment
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A Big Fat “Happy Year of the Pig!” from Harry Harrison!

February 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac | Leave a comment
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My friend Harry Harrison, who is the FABULOUS illustrator of the Chinese Calendar Tales, has asked me to post this very funny cartoon on my blog to wish all his fans a very Happy Year of the Pig! Harry is the famous cartoonist in the South China Morning Post as well as many other publications in the world, such asĀ The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom and the Far East Economic Review. I’m so lucky that he illustrates my stories – and all the fans of the Chinese Calendar Tales are too! What can we say but Thank you Harry!

A wonderful visit to Beacon Hill School in Kowloon Tong!

February 4, 2019 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Beacon Hill School, Hong Kong Schools | Leave a comment
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Last week I visited two lovely schools with Ping Pong Pig and all her Chinese Zodiac animal cousins! Here I am above with a fabulous hall of students at Beacon Hill School in Kowloon Tong! All the primary school classes met my new Chinese Calendar Tales character Ping Pong in 4 big, fun sessions, and cheered on my little pig as she kept escaping the clutches of the wily Minister of Most Important Things in his attempt to win favour with the third Ming Dynasty Emperor Zhu Di! Many thanks, as ever, to the lovely Emily Jeves, Deputy Principal, for inviting me in and being such a great host! Here we both are with our own animal signs (I’m a Rat and Emily is a Dragon, and we both love that Ping Pong Pig) below!

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Ooops! Harry sends a naughty Chinese New Year greeting…

February 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Chinese New Year | Leave a comment
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Now I know that I do bang on about not using toilet humour in your stories for my Clever Competitions…but I can’t resist sending you this fabulous Chinese New Year greeting from Harry Harrison, beloved illustrator of the Chinese Calendar Tales and the Dirty Stories! It made me giggle out loud – and I especially love the look on the dragon’s face! Thanks Harry for keeping us all laughing this Chinese New Year!

Happy Year of the Dog from Desmond in Hong Kong!

February 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Books about Chinese Zodiac | Leave a comment
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Kung Hei Fat Choy or Gong Xi Fa Cai, depending on whether you live in Hong Kong or Mainland China! And Happy Year of the Dog to everybody else! Desmond and I wish you a WOOFY New Year full of good fortune, fabulous frolics and fearless fun!

More fab photos from Desmond Dog’s Woofy Launch Party on Saturday!

February 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Book launches, Bookazine Princes Building, Bookshop event, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Many thanks to Bookazine Events Organizer Manon for these lovely photos!

Here’s Harry Harrison and me before the launch!

Harry and me!

Here’s our fun book reading with some avid fans!

My gorgeous daughters Bea (left) and Annabel (right) have been holding up the pictures for the last 14 years now! Thanks Bea and Annabel!!

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A busy book-signing!

Harry and the Quiz, me and Harry – and the man himself with his fabulous book covers!

My wacky daughter Annabel continuing her annual ritual of a finger-signing by Harry and me!

My interview with Noreen Mir, RTHK3!

February 9, 2018 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Book launches, Bookazine Princes Building, Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese New Year, Radio interviews | Leave a comment
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This afternoon I had a wonderful chat with Noreen Mir at RTHK Radio 3 on the 1 2 3 Show all about my new book The Tale of Desmond Dog, the amazing history of Hong Kong and notorious pirate queen Ching Shih behind it, and, of course, the official launch of Harry Harrison’s and my book at Bookazine, 3rd floor, Princes Building, tomorrow at 2pm! You can listen to it here !

And don’t forget to come along! There’ll be a fabulous story reading, a fun quiz with some great prizes, laissee with yummy coins, bookmarks, snacks and drinks for everyone! Be there, or the Red Flags will come and get you – aha me hearties!!!

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