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My Fave Female Villains

Sorry for the radio silence throughout July – a combination of work and moving house (more on that later) has kicked my arse, and I’ve spent most of the past month too exhausted to focus on anything beyond “carry box … Continue reading

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See Yourself: Malorie Blackman and diversity in children’s books

I’ve already mentioned my love of Malorie Blackman and her work. I grew up on books like Hacker and Thief, and it’s no exaggeration to say that her Noughts and Crosses series literally changed my life – it’s influenced my … Continue reading

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Dragons Can Be Beaten

My heart always sinks a little when I see Richard Dawkins trending on Twitter. As past incidents have shown (content note for mention of sex abuse in those last two links), it’s rarely a sign of anything good. I clicked … Continue reading

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Trickster

If there’s one guaranteed warning sign that your child might grow up to become a fantasy writer, it’s this: an early obsession with myths and legends. Of course, it’s not inevitable. There are some children who will immerse themselves in … Continue reading

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About Lizzie

Just as Spider Circus started off as an unrelated story, Lizzie started off as a side character in what will eventually be one of the sequels. She appeared for a couple of chapters as a friend of Damien’s, as a … Continue reading

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About Spider Circus

I thought it was about time I wrote a blog about Spider Circus, so here goes. The story that begins in Spider Circus has been brewing for a long time, like a particularly lethal cup of tea. When I was fourteen, after … Continue reading

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Fortunately, the Milk: An evening with Neil Gaiman and friends

This Tuesday, a friend and I had an absolutely fantastic night out. We went to see Neil Gaiman give a reading of his new children’s book, ‘Fortunately the Milk’. Neil Gaiman has been one of my favourite authors for a … Continue reading

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