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The words are Magic

OK this is an idea that I’ve been running in the background of the books for a while but I wanted to touch base on what people thought to the concept and whether it’s an easy thing to follow. 321 more words



I’m now officially a goodreads author. They were brilliant at helping me link together my books and even created a wee page to show the ‘ 299 more words

Reading And Literacy

Literature festivals are awesome (and you should come to Crieff's)

(*updated timetable) Many years ago I went to the Edinburgh International Book festival on a trip with my Higher (5th year) English class. We were dropped into the middle of an event that felt like it was part rock festival and partly like sitting down for a cup of tea inĀ  a friend’s living room. 1,115 more words

Reading And Literacy

Crieff Primary visit

I knew it was going to be a different kind of talk today because the whole class had already read the book. In fact they had literally just finished the last chapter when I got there, so they had lots of questions about the characters. 234 more words

Jack Reusen And The Spark Of Dreams

The three Rs

My teachers were fantastic but there were limits to what we could do in the old curriculum. Things have changed a lot since I was a kid and, though I might be in the minority, I’m happy to see it. 300 more words


Drip (a wee glimpse into Fey)

It’s my birthday today so in a reverse of the norm I thought I’d do a wee birthday present for my readers. This is a story set in Fey, the castle in it will feature in the early chapters of ‘The Spark of Dreams’ but the characters probably won’t make an appearance until ‘The Children of Fate’ (working title). 2,002 more words

Children's Fantasy Book

Was Enid Blyton a bad writer?

Enid Blyton is responsible for a huge portion of missed sleep from my childhood. The Famous Five books and the ‘Mystery’ series were staple components of my evenings (and long into the night) from the age of about eight or nine till I started high school at twelve (we don’t do middle school in Scotland). 844 more words

Children's Fiction