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It’s Time for Sleep. It’s Time to Dream.

Bedtime can be chaos. Tantrums, the audacity of guardians to pick the wrong colour of pyjamas or a lost Very Important Toy that you had no idea even existed before that moment, can turn the end of a fun day into hours of tears and frustration for everyone involved. My kids are in their teens now (a different kind of strop altogether) so I can relate to all those out there who deal with Bed Time. The struggle is real. We’re all nodding. Back when my kids were young, we’d sometimes watch CBeebies together. Derek Jacobi’s voice telling Iggle Piggle

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A Year Like No Other

Around this time in December there’s quite a few ‘end of year’ book lists appearing on social media. Most are dedicated to those published in the last twelve months. However, my to-be-read-and/or-reviewed pile, which I reduced over the year and filled back up again, is filled with wonders from not just this year but from previous years too. In 2020 I managed to read 49 books from all age ranges and genres. Most of the children’s books I have read this year (picture books to young adult) are reviewed on My Book Corner but there are some that are still

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NaNoWhatNow?

Every November, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) taps me on the shoulder and whispers ‘go on, you can do it’ in my ear. Over the MANY years I have tried to achieve the ‘just out of reach’ 50k word target, I fail. So for the past few Novembers I have been creating my own achievable targets instead. After a creative blow to the start of my year I finally started writing again. Slowly but surely the words came. I left myself little notes of encouragement in between the more lucid paragraphs. Things like ‘something scary needs to happen here’

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Sssshhh! Writer at Work

I’ve been to many book launches and ‘in conversation with’ events and one question (and its variants) always crops up during the Q & A. Do you listen to music when you write? Is a radio blasting out tunes in the background as you conquer each chapter? Do you write in a cafe or even a shed in your garden? Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes and no are my answers to these particular questions but regardless of where I am, when I do listen to music, I have my go-to artists. It’s all dependant on where I am with a story. For

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My Edinburgh International Book Festival

Every August, the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s tents go up in Charlotte Square and more recently in George Street too. I kiss my family good bye and say ‘it’s only 17 days, I’ll be back soon’. That is, of course, a slight exaggeration (quiet at the back). Chairing seven events with eight creatives, I knew this year was going to be special and it was. I got to see behind the scenes and meet all the wonderful people that make the festival go like clockwork – from the ticket sellers in the main entrance to the sound technicians who ensure

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The Fear

Pressing send on an important e-mail makes my hands sweat, droplets appear on my top lip and I feel like I’ve just consumed something that is going to make me throw up. It’s not because I feel awful about what I’m about to do, on the contrary, it’s more to do with the expectation of what might happen next. There’s a common theme that runs through my blog posts and that is the ‘what if’s’. No-one wants to know what’s running around in my head when that happens. There isn’t a blog space that would be big enough for all

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