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Evening view across the creek. Sharjah is built around a beautiful man-made lagoon.

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

I’ve just come back from visiting schools in Sharjah, part of the United Arab Emirates. It was a lovely trip – very different to my everyday writing life at home! It was great to spend some time with other authors and illustrators – Lydia Monks, Alex T Smith, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, whose beautiful The Apple Tart of Hope I read while I was away, Nicola Morgan and Julia Johnson. But the best bit was getting to introduce my books and characters to a whole new audience of lovely, enthusiastic children. I even got to give the children at the Sharjah English School a sneak preview of my new picture book, The Snow Princess (which was very odd when the day was 35 degrees outside…)