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I’ve been writing stories and plays since I was a kid and I used

to lie on the hearthrug and write with a smudgy pen and do all

the pictures myself in felt tip, before stapling all the pages

together (but hopefully not to the rug).  Fortunately, Troubador

Publishing knows much better ways of putting a book together

and in March 2011 they published my first book, which is The

Alien in the Garage and Other Stories, a book of short stories for

children. I have now published nine books for children and they

have been honoured with a win at the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore

Awards and have been longlisted for the inaugural Bath

Children's Novel Award and the International Rubery Book Award,

Highly Commended for the Independent Author Book Award and nominated for the People's Book Prize:


The Alien in the Garage and Other Stories (2011)

The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories (2012)

The Dinner Club and Other Stories (2013)

Childish Spirits (2014)

The Spirit of London (2015)

The Sword of the Spirit (2016)

High Spirits (2017)

The Coming of the Spirits (2018)

My Favourite People (2018)

Childish Spirits - eBook (2019)

Childish Spirits - audiobook (2019)

The Treasure in the Tower (2020)


My first ever published work was an article for a local magazine for the disabled (I’m a wheelchair user) when I was fifteen, and my first broadcast work was for Chain Gang and Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 Extra. In 2016 and 2017 I was a judge for the IGGY and Litro Young Writers' Prize.  I am a patron of the Children's Media Foundation. In 2019 my one-act stage comedy Mr Everyone was listed for the Alfred Bradley and Kenneth Branagh Awards.  


What else about me?  I studied Law at university and I’ve worked in offices and done voluntary work in schools, including storytelling and helping kids with their reading.  I now offer author workshops - see free brochure on the Home page for details. I have a Certificate and a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Lancaster University.  I live in Wirral, Merseyside and my hobbies include reading, quiz nights (as a competitor or hosting), doing magic tricks (quite badly), playing the odd bit of keyboard (worse), theatre, TV and going out with friends.



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Email me at: [email protected]

Get in touch via my publisher. For marketing enquiries contact Jonathan White:


Troubador Publishing, 9 Priory Business Park, Wistow Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leics LE8 0RX - Tel. 0116 279 2299


Distributor: Orca Book Services - 01235 465521 Email: [email protected]




Childish Spirits

When Ellie and her family move into Inchwood Manor, Ellie quickly discovers strange things are happening. Who is the mysterious boy at the window?  Nominated for the People's Book Prize!  Longlisted for the Bath Children's Novel Award!


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