I'm a qualified teacher and librarian but primarily IÃ¢Â€Â™m a childrenÃ¢Â€Â™s writer.
The 'J.K Rowling effect' means that there is enormous interest in children's writing at the moment. I run workshops on all aspects of writing for children including books for boys and reluctant readers, easy readers, picture books and books for older children. My background in children's books makes me particularly strong in this area.
As well as writing for children I offer workshops in reminiscence, short stories, and genre writing and I'm developing a portfolio of workshops for children and young people.
I also work as a freelance library consultant for Primary and High schools, advising on all aspects including stock, book provision, reading for pleasure and promoting books in schools.
One of my proudest achievements is setting up and developing the Leeds Children's Book Award.