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31 January 2018

I am delighted to have become a patron of the Children's Media Foundation! I'm honoured to be listed alongside great children's producers whose names I've known since my early years. Read about the CMF's wonderful work and support them:


26 January 2018

My first picture book for younger children, My Favourite People, is published this summer and has now been added to the site.  Click here to view...


15 January 2018

Mixed, Matched, Stewed Together, With A Pickle On Top!  I give my views on fantasy literature for children, blending genres, and a preview of the final Spirits novel in my guest blog for novelist, columnist and PR guru Stewart Bint!


1 December 2017

Season's Greetings to all my readers!  It's that time of year again, so... a FREE Christmas story, The Yuletide Spirit, has been added to the Extras page!


2 October 2017

High Spirits launched successfully on Saturday 30 September at the Wirral Arts Festival.  I was only scheduled to sign for an hour, but this became two and a quarter hours as adults and children kept coming to hear more about the Spirits

series.  As ever, it was lovely to meet my readers and see the joy that a well-written children's book can bring to young people and their families.


I'd like once again to thank Linghams Booksellers for their hospitality and the Festival organisers for their kindness - they took some video during the launch so look out for this soon!  Visit


Would you like me to come and hold a signing and/or author workshop for your school, library, bookshop, book club...?  Get in touch!  See free brochure on the Home page for more details!


14 July 2017

The launch for High Spirits, the latest novel in my Spirits series for the 8-12s, will take place on Saturday 30 September from 2pm at: Linghams Booksellers, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG


Once again, this is the first day of the Wirral Arts Festival so there should be lots happening!  Come and meet me and get your signed copy!  


Time, date and details subject to change.  Further details will be posted here or on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor. See you there!


22 June 2017

The cover for High Spirits has now been added throughout the site!  Read about the book on My Stories...


24 April 2017

Have a sneak preview of the new Spirits novel High Spirits: now added to My Stories!


More exclusive info on the book can be found in a new interview with me at They will also be reviewing one of my earlier books...


4 April 2017

I have been interviewed by up-and-coming journalist Heather Hoy! Find out how I became a robot, a barrister and a published author at:


26 March 2017

Just had some excellent feedback from Wirral Libraries on the author day I did for them:


"Great fun"

"It was just right"

"Thank you, girls age 7+9 really enjoyed it"


8/10 said the workshop was brilliant and 2/10 thought it was good. 9/10 actively said they would recommend my workshops to friends.


To book your workshop, see my contact details on About Me and download FREE brochure from the Home page. Workshops now include FREE signed books!


3 March 2017

The book day that defied a storm!

Librarians, volunteers, young people and I defied Storm Doris last week to make it to

Bebington Central Library on the Wirral, where I was holding my author day. The Friends

of the Library had organised everything brilliantly and we had a fun day for half-term that

was well-attended by local families and included:


Two author talks  |  Two Q&A sessions  |  Creative Writing and a Story Hunt around the

library  |  Tuck shop and coffee shop  |  A book stall courtesy of Linghams Booksellers

where I signed copies of the Spirits novels and my short story collections.


As always it was great to meet with my readers and hear their own views on writing.


View Wirral Libraries' photos of the day on their Twitter page:


If you'd like me to bring my author workshops to you, get in touch!  Check out the FREE brochure for download on my Home page.


31 January 2017

I will be off to Bebington Central Library on the Wirral this half-term for a fun day of workshops, creative writing and general authorishness!  A day for all the family.  Come and find out more about The Sword of the Spirit and maybe a little about the

new Spirits novel too...  And perhaps you'll finish the day with an idea for a story of your own...


Thursday 23 February, 10.00am-12noon and 2.00pm-4.00pm (same half-day event running twice!). Bebington Central Library, Civic Way, Birkenhead, Wirral CH63, UK


This is a free event but you need to book in advance (see Library staff!).


Details subject to change: further updates on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor or see Home page here!


Look forward to seeing you!



15 December 2016

A FREE Christmas story, The Spirit of the Season, has been added to the Extras page...


05 December 2016

Season's greetings to all my readers!  To celebrate the occasion I am hosting a very special giveaway on Goodreads, giving you the chance to win all three Spirits novels so far!  This will run from 6 December to 6 January and is open to UK readers only (sorry!).  Click here for details:


The giveaway has also been added to my Home page.


Happy holidays!


14 November 2016

Looking for Christmas presents for the kids?  Check out The Sword of the Spirit in my publisher's special offers carousel - a unique offer: Then, check out their offers on my other books for kids: click here.


The Sword of the Spirit is the current Indie Pick book of the week:


The Sword of the Spirit is being entered for the 2017 Independent Author Book Award.  Read about The Spirit of London's highly commended rating in 2016 here.


2 October 2016

Near-sellout for The Sword of the Spirit!


The Sword of the Spirit had a fabulous launch at award-winning Linghams Booksellers of

Heswall, Wirral on the first day of the Wirral Arts Festival.  Despite (or perhaps because of!)

the bad weather, we had a marvellous crowd and it was great to meet with all who came to

learn more about the Spirits series.  Particularly those who turned up dressed as wizards

and witches!  We were entertained by singers from Wirral Grammar School performing in

the coffee shop and I look forward to visiting the school to hold a workshop in the future. In

the signing session we had a near-sellout, with a handful of signed copies remaining in-store.  

I would like to thank Linghams and the Festival organisers for their wonderful hospitality.  

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Earlier in the week I gave a preview of the book to Year 6 classes from Liscard Primary

School who attended workshops with me at Wallasey Central Library.  Again, it was great to

see such a positive reaction to my books.  For more details of my workshops, please

e-mail me.


Also check out The Sword of the Spirit on Amazon - there are some new reviews there:


15 September 2016


The official launch for The Sword of the Spirit will be held at award-winning Linghams

Booksellers of Heswall, Wirral on Saturday 1 October 2016 from 11am, on the first day of the Wirral Arts Festival!


Linghams Booksellers, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral, CH60 7SG


Come along, meet me and get your signed copy!


I am this month's Recommended Read from The Author School! Check out my exclusive interview with them at

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The Spirit of London

Ellie investigates the mystery surrounding 47 Foster Square.  Who is the sender of ghostly messages asking her for help?  What is the secret of the Meadowes family?  And what does Edward know about all this? Find out more.


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