Branford Boase Award (2013) Shortlist Announced!

I’m VERY EXCITED that ‘A Hen in the Wardrobe’  has been included on this lovely shortlist – announced today in The Telegraph. Here’s the blurb: Ramzi’s dad is acting very strangely. He’s sleepwalking because he’s homesick for his native Algeria. So Ramzi, Dad and Mum go back to Dad’s Berber village in the desertContinue reading “Branford Boase Award (2013) Shortlist Announced!”

Wendy Quill’s brand-new not-at-all second-hand book trailer

  At last! I’m allowed to share Wendy Quill’s brand-new, not-at-all second-hand book trailer! It’s for ‘Wendy Quill is a Crocodile’s Bottom’ – which isn’t actually out until May. So this trailer is hot off the press and my publishers have only just released it. And the absolute best bit: all the illustrations (and theContinue reading “Wendy Quill’s brand-new not-at-all second-hand book trailer”

Finding your (slightly silly?) ‘Voice’

To all those budding children’s writers out there, I’ve decided to give you all a bit of a advice. Here’s the thing. If you really, really, want to be a writer (whoops, bit spice girly), then it’s important that you ‘find your own voice’. What on earth does she mean, I hear you ask? (Well,Continue reading “Finding your (slightly silly?) ‘Voice’”

It’s A Hen’s Book Birthday!!!

I don’t believe it!!! Finally, the day has come and my first ever book is OUT!  Wohooo!  It’s about a boy called Ramzi Ramadan, his best-friend Shaima Stalk, and a dad who keeps doing crazy things in the night. Like getting stuck up trees and trying to sail to the moon in the bath! IContinue reading “It’s A Hen’s Book Birthday!!!”

The Day the Books Arrived!

OK. I admit it. I’m just ever so slightly excited. *whohoo!* What started out as a little idea has turned into a real thing! And there’s lots of them, sitting above my fireplace. Between two home-made giraffes. It’s so lovely making things, isn’t it? Cakes, quilts, motorcars, even papier mache giraffes. (I haven’t actually made aContinue reading “The Day the Books Arrived!”

A bit of good news ….

Guess what ?!!?  A Hen in the Wardrobe, has just been short-listed for the Muslim Writer’s Awards 2011 (yay!). It’s in the ‘unpublished children’s book’ category as it’s not due out until Feb 2012. I’ve been invited to attend the Award Ceremony in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre!!! It’s on November 22nd and there’ll be loads ofContinue reading “A bit of good news ….”