This summer it will be thirty years since my first YA novel, Yatesy’s Rap, was published by Penguin Books. Fifty-nine books have followed, including the 200,000 selling You’re A Hero Daley B (Axel Scheffler’s first picture book), the 70,000 selling House of Fun series, the 35,000 selling One Girl School, and the widely-acclaimed YA thriller The Last Free Cat, a passionate indictment of privatisation. The books that I have written in Cardiff are sold as far afield as the USA, Japan and China; I’ve been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award and a Writers Guild Award and have won a BBC Talent Award for radio comedy.
Just as important to me is my work as a teacher, not just at Welsh universities and the Bute Park Education Centre but on a myriad of school visits and community projects. It has been especially important to me to work in areas such as Adamsdown, where I lived for nineteen years: I don’t come from a professional background and have always been on a mission to encourage others in the same boat.
To celebrate those thirty years as an author I am offering to visit schools, libraries, community projects and events free of charge: I will bring signed copies of my latest book for juniors, Thimble Monkey Superstar, for sale, as well as other books on request. The offer will last to the end of September 2016, so if you are interested, let me know as soon as possible by email, or call me on 07599 203480. I am a qualified teacher and hold a disclosure certificate.
For details of Bute Park courses, see below.