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  • I never intended to write a series

    I never intended to write a series

    When readers asked about a follow-up to my debut novel, Sugar and Snails, I was surprised. Although I had thoughts about how my character, Diana, might have developed since 2004 when the novel is set, I didn’t plan to explore them in fiction. My perspective turned on its head shortly after I submitted my third…

  • Matilda Windsor on Bookable Space podcast

    Matilda Windsor on Bookable Space podcast

    I’m interviewed by Yvonne Battle-Fenton for her podcast, Bookable Space, about my novel Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home. I also read three extracts, one from each of my main characters’ points of view. Yvonne asked me about the inspiration for this novel and what it was like drawing on familiar settings: Cumbria where I grew…

  • I’m interviewed on Hannah’s Bookshelf

    I’m interviewed on Hannah’s Bookshelf

    What a delight to be interviewed again on Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This time the focus is on Lyrics for the Loved Ones, the follow-up to Matilda Windsor is Coming Home, which Hannah and I discussed on the programme in August 2021. Hannah was curious about what it was like to return to…

  • An evocative and uplifting journey

    An evocative and uplifting journey

    I’m truly honoured that book blogger Yvonne Gill has taken such care with her review of Lyrics for the Loved Ones. Not only has she beautifully articulated her response to the novel – both her reservations and appreciation – she’s shared some of her favourite quotes from the text. I’m delighted that, overall, she found…

  • An audiobook taster and a Lakeland prize longlisting

    An audiobook taster and a Lakeland prize longlisting

    Do you ‘read’ audiobooks? I often meet booklovers who express an interest in my novels and short stories but prefer to listen rather than read. About eighteen months ago, I bought some kit and did a record-your-own audiobooks course but, after much frustration, concluded it wasn’t for me. But never say never. When my fellow…

  • Can fiction help save the planet?

    Can fiction help save the planet?

    With a spate of extreme weather events over recent months, we’re all becoming more aware of the climate crisis. However, you might not have heard of Earth Day, established in 1970 to draw attention to the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability. It’s marked each year on April 22. This year’s theme is the planet…

  • Let’s celebrate Mother Language Day

    Let’s celebrate Mother Language Day

    In 1999, UNESCO designated 21 February as International Mother Language Day. It’s an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge and celebrate language diversity and to resist the suppression of minority languages. Have you heard of it? I might not have done if I hadn’t visited a book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh, almost four decades…