Once upon a time:
I was born long, long ago in Aldershot, Hampshire.
I lived not far from Fleet as a child.
I have two sisters and one brother. I'm the youngest.
I had two dogs, a cat, a budgerigar, a guinea pig, two hamsters and many mice. Plus a stick insect who came to a sad end.
As a child I was good at:
I used to HATE:
Beetroot and celery School dinners
Being told off
Being laughed at
Being left out
I wanted to be:
As clever as my sisters and brother
A hairdresser, a hermit, Biggles
Some things I LOVE:
Thinking and hoping
Imagining and writing
Friends and family
and their parents
Author, mother and grandmother, patchwork-sewer, reader and writing workshop conductor.
Home and family:
I have three grown-up children and seven grandchildren.
I live in Hampstead, north London
Lots of school visits.
Teaching resources for Something Else.
A new website of work Nick Maland and I have done together.
School and so forth:
Queen's Road Primary (Farnborough); Aldershot County High;
National Cathedral School (Washington DC) ; Wycombe Abbey.
Somerville College, Oxford, and then MIT for a year.
What I'm working on at the moment:
I'm talking to Nick Maland about a new website for our work.
I'm mulling over a follow-up to Similon about the renegade Chief Wizard Lazarus Logios who cheats death. I'm turning my reading books into e-books (unable to resist the temptation to rewrite them as I go) and creating a website where grandparents and grand-children all over the world can share what they can of each other's lives. Plus several projects so new I don't talk about them yet.