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Coming in February, Grobblechops is my new picture book! It's published by Tiny Owl and illustrated by the wonderful Jenny Lucander.

Grobblechops joins Tiny Owl's other titles in their fabulous Tales By Rumi series. Who would have thought that a poet and scholar from Iran eight hundred years ago would have so many marvellous stories to tell?

ISBN 978-1-910328-41-5

Kiss the Dust  and Song of the Dolphin Boy join my other titles in my Macmillan livery. I hope you like them as much as I do.

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Omar and his family have no choice but to flee from their home in Syria when the bombs start falling. Omar doesn't care about politics. He wants to

become a businessman when he grows up, but his older brother, Musa, is mixed up with some activists. Soon the whole family is in serious trouble and they're forced to leave their homeland altogether.

But where do you go when you can't go home?

Welcome to Nowhere is supporting refugees in Jordan through the Mandala Trust, and some of my wonderful readers have been raising money and sending it to refugees in Jordan. You've done baked sales at school, held an Easter Fair, donated your own pocket money and even climbed a mountain!

Visit the Welcome to Nowhere page to find out more about the Mandala Trust, and the News page to see the latest on readers' fund-raising.

  Ethiopian children listening to a storyteller. Illustration by Eric Robson

Ethiopian children listening to a storyteller. Illustration by Eric Robson

the ethiopian story collecting project

The Ethiopian Story Collecting Project websites contain the hundreds of stories I collected during my long and exciting travels in Ethiopia. www. can be read either in English or Amharic. It contains over 300 stories in the unedited language of the translators. contains more than 80 stories which I've rewritten in simple English for learners to practise their reading. There are comprehension exercises attached to each story to help achieve reading fluency, and you can listen to the stories being read out too. It's lovely to see that our two unique websites are still attracting thousands of visitors not only in Ethiopia but around the world. Click on the image to find out more.

You can read my account of my travels throughout Ethiopia to collect stories in The Lure of the Honey Bird, published by Birlinn Polygon.

When I say to a parent, ‘Read to a child,’ I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.