Frankfurt Bookfair 2014


I attended my first Frankfurt Bookfair this month, and what a good time I had! Most years I visit the London Bookfair, held in April, and Mr B and I attended the Book Expo America (BEA) in New York a few years ago.

Crow and Quill

The new Stonewylde Crow and Quill bagsTo coincide with the launch of our new Stonewylde bags, I’d like to explain a bit about the story behind our Stonewylde merchandise. The very word ‘merchandise’ seems to run counter to all that Stonewylde stands for,

Moongazy Camp 2014

Moongazy Camp cakes

Stonewylde paddock - just for us!

Everyone chilling out

Last weekend’s Moongazy Camp was the biggest and best yet.  We were blessed with the most glorious hot weather as the sun shone down on us from dawn till dusk.  

Sandworld Grand Opening 2014

Mr B and I spend an amazing Saturday down in Weymouth, at the Grand Opening of Sandworld 2014.  I’d been invited to take part as one of the local authors, even though I’m no longer local.  I guess the fact that Stonewylde was mostly written in Weymouth and features Dorset means I still qualify though!

A gift for Jim Naughtie

Today I was once again fortunate enough to be part of the studio audience for James Naughtie’s Radio 4 Bookclub. This was my third visit, and each time I enjoy it more. Jim (as he introduces himself) is the most lovely man and entirely without pomp or pretension.He also knows his stuff,

Is there life after Stonewylde?

My work in progress is a complete divergence from Stonewylde, which was set in a contemporary, alternative society.  My new work is historical fiction, set during the English Civil War on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. I just can’t seem to get away from the Dorset influence.

Moonfleet at Easter

I’ve told many of my Stonewylde readers about my next project, which is an historical novel set on the Isle of Portland during the Civil War.  But in the meantime, I’ve started writing an adventure book for 9 –

Save Wild Tigers – St Pancras event

I was so glad to take part in this amazing event, the purpose of which was to highlight the dreadful plight of Asia’s remaining wild tigers.  It’s estimated that there are only about 3,500 wild tigers left in the world today,

World Book Week – four fab school visits

World Book Day 2013 was on Thursday March 7th, but many schools celebrate for the entire week, and this year, so did I!
I’d been invited to Pilton Community College in Barnstaple on the Tuesday to teach three classes and also take part in officially opening the newly refurbished library.  

The Crabchurch Conspiracy – pikes and mics

Outside the Old Town Hall, Weymouth  [(c) Marloes Visser]

These are two men with a mission.  Mark Vine (right) is the author of “The Crabchurch Conspiracy”, a slim but fascinating book that’s now out of print. It tells the story of events in February 1645,