I’ve had an interesting summer. I took a writing workshop for adults at the These Three Streams festival in the fantastic historical village of Llantwit Major on June 11th, then had a lovely dose of Henry VIII’s favourite illness, gout – not much fun! But I did manage to take a BBC Webinar for their Upload festival on 19 June, answering questions and setting a writing task which nearly a hundred people participated in. Lots said they enjoyed it which was very pleasing. Then on July 3 I gave a speech at the Cardiff Writers Circle 75th anniversary, a big event in which many local writers and publishers took part. Meanwhile I’ve been researching and writing a new blog based on my dad’s experience of being a running a village bakery just after WW2 – luckily he was a hoarder who kept lots of memorabilia. No new books at the moment, but I will be taking some workshops for children in August for the Summer of Fun project here in Wales – I’m going to try something a bit different which will involve not just reading but songwriting! I’m sure the results will be up on the web soon. And finally, as you will see, I am making some of my old books available for free download here, so if there’s any others you’d like to read, do let me know! It’s nice to get paid for what you write, but for me it’s more important that kids read my books, including those who may not be able to afford to buy a book a month, or even a year!