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A Little Piece of Ground  joins my other titles reissued in new covers. I hope you like them as much as I do.

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Song of the dolphin boy

Finn has always been different, and in the tiny Scottish village of Stromhead his loneliness sticks out like a sore thumb. Then, one day, he dives into the sea and finds that he can swim with the dolphins. Suddenly the water feels like home.

But his new dolphin friends are in danger of being injured by plastic and other rubbish that floats out into the sea, so, desperate to save them, Finn goes to the Lighthouse Crew for help. They're the same children who have always left him out. Will they accept him now?

Find out more about how you can help to save the oceans! Go to, to see how lots of your favourite authors are getting together to help our beautiful seas and the animals who live in them.








welcome to nowhere

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.