I found out today that 2019: Nature Month by Month has been nominated for the ALCS Educational Writers Award! This is the UK’s only award for educational writing which stimulates and enhances the learning experience.
The judges had some very kind words to say:
"This brilliant and colourful book is packed with engaging, informative and wonderfully varied activities for all the family, and is just the right size for putting in your pocket before you set off on an adventure. An almost bottomless treasure chest of a book to enjoy the whole year through."
There are some other fantastic shortlisted entries (my Christmas list has gotten a little bit longer...) so it'll be a tough competition. So congratulations to all other shortlisted entries and I'll be keeping everything crossed until the awards ceremony on the 3rd December!
You can read all about the other entrants and a bit more about the award on the Society of Author's blog.
I'm on the radio! While Anna Wilson and I were in Penzance last month promoting our latest book, 2020 Nature Month by Month, I happened to be interviewed for BBC Radio 4 Extra's Telling Tales programme. They were recording an interview with fantastic novelist Patrick Gale at the Edge of the World Bookshop for World Bookshop Day.
For those of you in the UK you can listen to the programme either on BBC Radio 4 Extra tonight at 21:00 or through the BBC Sounds App. (I'm at around 2:20, so right at the start). Click here for the link. I've also popped it on my instagram highlights.
For those of you out of the UK, I'm unsure how you'd listen, but just imagine a female voice that in no way sounds ridiculous, speaking eloquently and calmly about publishing books and drawing on windows. Do not imagine someone who has only a few moments prior exclaimed "I'm so glad that they are not interviewing us..." nor do not imagine someone who has no problem sending out a verbal stream of consciousness until the very moment a microphone is put in front of her face and definitely do not imagine someone who does a very good impression of a beetroot when asked to speak into said microphone and forgets their lines instantly - even when there are no lines to remember in the first place. My hat goes off to the BBC editor who managed to string something coherent out of my garbling.
Still, promoting your book on national radio is a pretty good achievement, even if they did cut me mentioning the title about a zillion times from the final edit. Will this be the start of a glittering radio career? Who knows!
(also - do I really sound like that?!)
I'm delighted to announce that I was awarded the prize for the Best Portfolio at the 2019 SCBWI conference in Winchester last weekend.
This was my first time attending the conference and I was blown away by not only how lovely everybody was but also the sheer passion on show for all things kid lit. The prize, open to all attending illustrators was judged by Strawberrie Donnelly from Bloomsbury, Jude Evans from Little Tiger Press, Arabella Stein from Bright and Bethany Sparks from Plum Pudding.
I'm hoping to do a better write-up of my time at the conference over the next week or so, but in the meantime I'm still buzzing from the great feedback I got about my work. Very inspired now. Woop!