March 20, 2019

No such thing as MG!

Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us. No reader worth his salt trots along in obedience to a time-table – CS Lewis Ok, so […]
March 24, 2019

Behind the green door – secrets from a writer’s shed

Pt1:  “Lashings of ginger beer” A writer’s inner sanctum is surely the holiest of holys.  The place where creative juices flow and much-loved characters are born, live and die. It is a place where empires rise and fall and magical folk […]
April 5, 2019

My top ten sci-fi reads for teens

Science Fiction was practically my entire life when I was a kid and it’s still one of the most imaginative and exciting genres available to young readers.  Whether you come for the science or for the fiction, sci-fi has something […]
April 25, 2019

My top five aliens

A top five list of aliens?  Out of the wealth of alien-ness available in the field of science fiction how could I possibly settle on only five?  Well, I don’t claim this is a list everyone will agree with but […]
June 9, 2019

‘One small step…’  my top ten moon stories for kids

On July 20th1969, three days before my ninth birthday, I crouched in front of our TV set, mesmerised by the grainy, black and white images of Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon.  I watched the footage over […]