• Writing METAWARS for
    Reluctant Readers

    I was a very reluctant reader as an adolescent, so I wrote METAWARS to 'read like a video game' - to be as compelling and cinematic as the best films and games and appeal to reluctant readers like I used to be.

nether1

Virtual Insanity

March 24, 2015
I finally saw The Nether last night, Jennifer Haley’s award-winning play about the consequences of living life in a virtual world.  It was gripping and disturbing, raising important questions at the outset of a new digital age. Of course for me, what was most interesting was that many of the themes are core MetaWars concepts: – The idea of ...
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topgear

Reading Not Speeding

March 13, 2015
You’d have to be locked in the truck of a car to avoid the “news” of Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from the wildly popular Top Gear TV show for allegedly striking a producer. Now, I don’t know Mr. Clarkson personally, though I don’t care for his public persona (he basically strikes me a a bully), but regardless ...
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Rikki's big debut!

Meet Rikki

March 5, 2015
What an amazing surprise! I’m in Nottingham right now, having just finished a great school visit for World Book Day, and I checked my twitter feed to see a little green kaiju smiling back at me….my great kaiju! Meet Rikki.  He’s a young kaiju, star of my first picture book. When the world’s most famous city-stomping monsters go to work, ...
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A big kid at Kidscreen

February 21, 2015
This week I’ll be trading the London drizzle for the sunshine of Miami…well, at least the indoor air-conditioning of a conference hotel.  For the first time ever, Kidscreen, the annual get together of the global kids media industry, will swap Manhattan for Miami. I first went to Kidscreen back in 2004, when I was a fledgling ...
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GM CEO Mary Barra

Alt Page 3

January 22, 2015
So, The Sun newspaper may have finally decided to join the 20th century and change it’s Page 3, but from what I’ve seen on twitter this morning it’s only moved from semi-naked to scantily clad. Hardly a great leap forward, and real waste of an amazing opportunity. The Sun has the power and reach to showcase (daily!) ...
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