Stories From The Edge

StoriesfromTheEdgeA collection of gripping, thought-provoking short stories by eight award-winning UK young adult authors.
From the perils of online chat rooms, doping in sport, racism and terrorism, to gender and self-esteem issues, love, life and death, Stories from The Edge isn’t afraid to ask some big questions. Sometimes frightening, often funny, always brutally honest, these stories will take you to where the shadows are darkest and the ground drops away. The question is, are you prepared to look over the edge?
From the introduction by Joy Court, Chair: CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals
“The short story is a very powerful weapon in the hands of a librarian or teacher . . . I guarantee that these stories will leave readers gasping for more. But most importantly they will get teen readers thinking and talking. From the perils of online chat rooms, doping in sport, racism and terrorism, to gender and self-esteem issues, love, life and death, we run the full gamut of teenage concerns in this volume. We ‘gatekeepers’ know that one of the most important reasons for reading stories is building empathy and understanding, and it is the conversations springing from a shared reading which can be the most productive of results.”

Stories from The Edge will be available in paperback and eBook on 15th July 2016
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Discussion Guides for exploring each of the stories will be available as a free PDF download from The Edge website from 15/7/16.
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Thursday 24th September – Diverse Author Day 2015 #diverseauthorday

Thursday 24th September 2015 will be a day of tweeting about diverse characters in children’s, YA and adult fiction novels from any period in publishing history. Join authors, publishers, agents, bloggers and readers in celebrating diversity in literature!

Lots more information here –

Saturday 12th September – Kids4Libraries march #savebarnetlibraries

Please come and show your support for Barnet Libraries. The march will start at 10.15 at East Finchley, at 11.15 at Finchley Church End Library, where it will be joined by a red bus and a brass band! The council needs to know why KIDS NEED BOOKS!

More info here –

Teen Reading Group – will meet on Monday 21st September between 4.30 and 5.45 at Finchley Church End library, so if you’re aged between 11 and 15, love books, love sharing your favourite reads, then come and join us!

Finchley Lit Fest Saturday May 23rd

As part of the Finchley Lit Fest, on Saturday 23rd May I’ll be in North Finchley Waterstones with authors Alex Wheatle and Ellie Daines! The event starts at 12.30, so come and say hi if you’re in the area. More details of the event to follow.

Favourite Teen/YA Reads of 2014

Click on the link to read about some of my favourite reads in teen and young adult literature last year –



Loughborough University Literary Salon

Here are some photos from Loughborough Uni’s Literary Salon. It was a brilliant event with talks by industry professionals, and myself and Maxine Linnell. Local authors Bali Rai and Paula Rawsthorne joined in the evening. There were lots of interesting talks and conversations!

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Loughborough University’s Literary Salon May 2014

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On Tuesday 13th May, I will be at Loughborough University’s Literary Salon, talking about Writing Young Adult fiction in the 21st century. Maxine Linnell will there as well as Walker Books and reps from DKW literary agents. Tickets still available from

Hope to see you there!

Books for World Book Week

Happy Book Week Everyone!

My blog for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure is all about some of my favourite reads over the past year. You can read it here: An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

I’d love to hear about your favourite reads, so leave me a message.

Thank you to 3rd Class at St. Helen’s Scool!

Big thank you to the 3rd class at St. Helen’s School in Portmarnock, Co Dublin, and their wonderful teacher, Mr. Feehan, for inviting me in to talk about The Long Weekend. It was lovely to meet you all!


Authors for The Philippines

The online auction to raise funds for the typhoon disaster in The Philippines is now open. There are lots of signed books, manuscript critiques, and tons of other goodies available. Follow the link to read more about it and see what’s available, and please spread the word. Many thanks.

Authors for The Philippines