I began writing books for children after working as a scriptwriter for CBBC’s Tracy Beaker series. Before that I wrote scripts and directed for radio and TV. People say my work is funny, quirky and interesting. I say that’s how life seems.

I teach Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan university and am a specialist in the field of intellectual property – there is a funny, quirky and interesting aspect to it – does it help or hinder our creative instincts? I run successful workshops for children and young adult readers throughout the UK. I use my own stories as springboards into new writing. People say that these transformative sessions switch students onto reading and writing. 

Commissioned by: BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales, CBBC, S4C, HTV, Al Jazeera, UK IPO, EUIPO.

New fiction for young adults: The Last Big One

Clint Williams is in trouble. When he arrives in a new school way out on the west coast he thinks that this time, things will be different. A few weeks later, he’s expelled from school, running from his enemies and holed up in the craziest place he could imagine. Can he redeem himself – with a horse?

Order your copy of The Last Big One from Gomer Press here

Workshops for schools

I visit junior and secondary schools throughout the UK. For junior schools my workshops are enabling experience designed to turn readers and writers of all abilities onto writing their own work. I use my own experience and stories as gateways to discussion, action and creation.

‘When I do school events and kids ask me what author they should read I say Anthony Horowitz, Rosemary Sutcliff and Dan Anthony,’ Tom Palmer.