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#UKMGchat

This evening I’ll be participating in the weekly twitter discussion, under hash-tag #UKMGchat.  It’s organised by the awesome Miriam & Lorraine for the benefit of all book-loving twitter folks around the world. I usually miss out because the 8 pm (British time) start time coincides with putting my kids to bed, and I have to […]

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Remain

I usually keep this blog for riffing on creativity, storytelling, and all things literary. But unless you’ve been under a rock these past weeks, you know there’s a very important referendum tomorrow. The people of the UK are being asked to cast a vote to support staying in the European Union (EU) or leaving the […]

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EXPO 86

I’m back in western Canada — 30 years after my first trip to the region, a trip that changed my life. It was 1985 and I was with my Mom and sister at Toronto’s CNE (like a big county fair), and we stumbled upon a large model of the under-construction Expo 86 site in Vancouver. It […]

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Rainbows over Banff

I’m in Banff, Alberta for my second trip to the Banff World Media Festival. For the uninitiated, Banff is part festival, part conference, and part market. It’s bias is towards TV, and has a distinct Canadian flavour, but it’s embracing all things digital and a global outlook. For four days, a major players from content creation […]

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Announcing SURFACE TENSION

I’m thrilled to share that my creative company AWESOME, has optioned the rights to Jay Gunn’s critically acclaimed graphic novel, SURFACE TENSION.  It’s a gripping graphic novel that will make ground-breaking television. The news broke today from C21… Awesome, Gunn trigger novel deal https://t.co/UOknWsK8k9 — C21 Media (@C21Media) June 8, 2016 I first met Jay […]

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Why haters hate Matt Haig

I checked twitter today and spotted a digital car crash. I should have looked away, but didn’t. Without going into the details, a few folks on twitter (authors and publishing types) were rounding on author Matt Haig. I don’t know Matt personally, but as fellow authors we were once booked to speak at the same (but […]

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Get Your Drama On

Today, much of the TV drama world descends on The London hotel in West Hollywood for the C21 Drama Summit West. It’s boom time in drama, and while many insiders and industry watchers are wondering if there’s too much drama, nobody can argue that creativity isn’t at an all time high (for a side read: this […]

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Pressing Play on STAR PRESSED

I’ve just done something a bit different, and maybe crazy.  I put my entire new novel up on wattpad. For everyone to read. For free. I know what you’re thinking…”but Jeff, you’re a professional author, are you insane?” Yes, I am. And maybe I am. The move was deemed newsworthy enough by The Bookseller that […]

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Sharjah Reading Festival

I’m writing this from Sharjah, UAE, where I’ve been invited to speak and participate in the annual Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. I must admit, I had no idea what to expect, but even my highest expectations have been surpassed. This festival is for the people, to inspire and encourage families and children to read. I […]

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Keeping The Beat book deal

With London Book Fair kicking off today, I’m thrilled to share some very exciting news…. The book (which in the UK is) known as DRUMMER GIRL… …will now be published in the U.S. & Canada by a brand new YA imprint called KCP Loft with a snappy new title: KEEPING THE BEAT KCP Loft is the […]

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