WINNER OF BLUE PETER BOOK OF THE YEAR

2018

One of the best things about 2017 for me was getting THIS creature...

 
We’ve wanted a dog for decades and finally got the amazing Willow the labradoodle in September 2017. I’m allergic to most dogs and this is a breed that’s pretty good for people with allergies. And after the first couple of weeks, the sneezing, wheezing and itching settled down well. I now only get itchy if she licks my eyeballs. And she does TRY to lick my eyeballs from time to time. As you can see from our recent tinselly photo shoot...


She’s very cuddly and bouncy and slightly bonkers - and I love taking her out for walks. She’s also a great foot warmer when I occasionally write at the dining room table.

Cuddling Willow, with her thick fur, reminds me of cuddling a fox, many years ago, in a photo shoot for the first Dax Jones book - The Shapeshifter: Finding The Fox. Dax seems to have inspired a lot of artwork over the years and here’s a lovely example - by 12-year-old Olivia from Marlow. It shows Dax in fox form looking down at the COLA’s hideaway school - Fenton Lodge - buried in the remote Lake District.



I do love it when stuff I write sparks off other creativity!

And speaking of writing... I’ve been doing a fair bit of it. Brand new adventure...



...came out in March. Check out the brilliant new trailer for it, created in partnership with Thomas Miller Ltd, Face TV and Oxford Children’s Books.


LOADS of school and festival gigs are booked in for 2018 and I’ve at least three books to write across the year, so it’s going to be a busy one. But that’s how I like it. Keep an eye on the SEE ALI bit (it pops up when you click on those three lines at the top) in case I’m anywhere near you and you can pop along and say hi.

MORE on this page very soon...