New home for Young David Books

I am delighted to announce that my Young David Books are now going to be published by SPCK Publishing. SPCK are one of the oldest publishing houses in the world with a track record in producing quality Christian books and resources. Illustrator Amy Warmington (nee Barnes) and I are looking forward to working with the team at SPCK to bring the Young David stories to a worldwide audience. We are sure that the young shepherd boy will be as delighted as we are. So you will no longer be able to order books directly from However, they are still – and will continue to be – in bookshops in the UK and from April, will be available through SPCK.

Princess Fiona does World Book Day

I’ve been invited to a school to do creative writing workshops and book readings of my Young David Books for World Book Day tomorrow. I’ve been asked to come as a character from a book! I was just planning on coming as ‘the author’ and wearing something suitably Bohemian. But now I think I need to come as a character. And what fits better than Princess Fiona from William Steig’s ‘Shrek’? I have an old green velvet dress I last wore 23 years ago on my graduation from Rhodes University. And as long as I don’t eat or breathe, I’ll be fine. If I survive I will post a pic of me at the school. But for now, you’ll have to settle for this imposter …

Swanning around in Swanwick

For the last three years I have had the honour of attending the Christian Resources Together Retreat in Swanwick. In previous years I have led seminars on behalf of the Association of Christian Writers. This year I had the privilege of being in a panel discussion ‘On the Sofa with Clem’ with authors Bob Hartman, Sheridan Voysey and Luke Wordsey as well as reps from the Bible Society and SPCK. I also was part of a panel with Speaking Volumes, a wonderful charity which I’m proud to support. Apart from that, my little publishing company Crafty Publishing had a stall to showcase our Young David Books and apps. I was accompanied by my beautiful assistant Rodney Smith who manfully manned the stall while I flitted around ‘networking’. Couldn’t do it without you babes! — at The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick

Free download of Hairy Beast

Back from a fabulous launch in London of the Young David Book apps. I was interviewed live on Premier Radio by Maria Rodrigues on the day of the launch. Amazing to think these stories that started simply as a children’s talk in my local church have now gone global!!!!! For two more days only you can download your free copy of David and the Hairy Beast where, in addition to having a narrated story, you can interact with the characters and move them around the page. My favourite bit is when you can sheer a sheep and fire a catapult at a hairy beast! Download your free copy for iPad here.

Biblical goes digital!

Drum roll please … a sneak peek at the Young David Book apps! Now coming out on 24 April (with free download of book 1 for first 7 days). If you click on the videos you can see a filmed version of a child interacting with The Hairy Beast and the other vid is of me being interviewed intercut with a reading illustrator Amy Barnes and I did at a school. Do share!!/videos/40544

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