Upcoming events

  • May 16, 2018: Grampian Children’s Book Award; venue TBC Find out more
  • May 27, 2018: WisCon 42, Madison, USA: 25-27th May. Tiptree Award ceremony & readings &&& Find out more
  • June 29, 2018: Steyning Grammar School (Brilliant Books Award), UK
  • July 1, 2018: Felixstowe Book Festival, UK: 30th June. In conversation with Hayley Long . . . Find out more

News & Events

March 20, 2018

TIPTREE AWARD

I’m so very happy to share the news: Who Runs the World? has won the 2017 Tiptree Award. It is such a huge honour that my novel was chosen as winner from such an incredible international longlist. A h …

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December 23, 2017

The 2017 round-up

Bit perturbed I haven’t posted on the www. since July . . . here’s why and what’s been happening: First up, I was done in – physically and emotionally. Physically, too many years at a desk caught up w …

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July 31, 2017

YALC 2017

It was brilliant. As usual. (Even if I did have a hideous, snotty cold.) (Send sympathy/soup/more tissues.) I did two events at the UK’s Young Adult Lit Con at the London Film & Comic Con, 28th-30 …

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July 22, 2017

School visits

On Wednesday, 19th July, I did my first two Who Runs the World? school visits, speaking to 300 Year 9 students at St Cyres, Penarth, and Ysgol Uwchradd Caerdydd/Cardiff High School with support from M …

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June 29, 2017

How I came to write this story . . .

Who Runs the World? was a tricky book to write. It involved a WHOLE LOT of thinking (and addressing some pretty difficult feelings too). Here’s how I came to write this story – described in a blog pos …

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June 20, 2017

Authors for Grenfell

My heart goes out to the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire . . . but that’s not enough, is it? The publishing world has come together to offer support – in the form of an auction. You can r …

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June 20, 2017

Book launch do!

To celebrate the publication of Who Runs the World? we had a bit of a party at Waterstones, The Galleries, Bristol on Thursday 15th June . . . Thank you so much to everyone (especially the teens!) who …

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June 13, 2017

Who Runs the World? Q&A

The excellent Reading Zone asked some tricky questions . . . and I tried to answer them. (Link here.) The thing I am discovering about Who Runs the World? is that the questions never stop coming; they …

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June 7, 2017

And here it is . . .

Who Runs the World? was published on June 1st! This is my consignment of author’s copies . . . some of which will be making their way to the lovely people who inspired, advised on, and supported the w …

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April 13, 2017

Who Runs the World?

Here it is: the final cover of the final version. Yup, after a whole lot of tinkering – including a massive re-write of the last few chapters and a substantial refining (AKA serious hacking and tweaki …

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