And now for my middle-grade novel RAFI BROWN AND THE CANDY FLOSS KID. We’re going ahead with the publishing process! I’m having a chat with children’s book illustrator, Heather Dickinson, later next week and then, we’re on our way!
Meanwhile, you might like to know some of RAFI’S history. The book was originally written for an MA in Creative Writing at MMU. It went through subsequent editorial rewrites and was short-listed in the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award, 2010.
A wonderful ceremony was held at the amazing Seven Stories book centre in Newcastle, a renovated seven story mill, which is crammed with books for children up to its very roof. If children’s books interest you, I do recommend a visit. Above is a photo of everyone, judges, Seven Stories staff and supporters and finally, the writers. What a lovely weekend.
Minnie and the Mysterious Machine, my first novel for older children, is the story of a girl who works in a sweatshop sewing doilies and napkins, together with her Auntie Galli and all the Galli girls. When her sewing machine suddenly creates strange and scary pictures on its own, Minnie begins an extraordinary adventure, travelling thousands of miles to Siberia in Eastern Russia. Who does she meet when she finally gets there, and how do they return to London? Read Minnie and the Mysterious Machine to find out!
I’ve also published Cheeky Beeky, a story of a little mouse, who grows too big for his bed which is an old sock, and so must find somewhere else to sleep. It’s for children aged three to five, and has wonderful pictures by Han Mosley, a most talented children’s book illustrator I met some years ago.
You can see the first page of Cheeky Beeky here: