When 12-year-old Evie Stone inherits a twee antique metronome from her grandmother, nothing can prepare her for the discovery that this strange item is actually a time machine. But this amazing gift is not what it seems. It has an evil will of its own, and there are people in her town – and in her school – who will stop at nothing to take it from her.Read More
From 1996 to 2000, I worked as a lifeguard at Stourport Sports Centre: home to squeaking trainers and shrieking whistles, situated by the riverside in the town where I grew up. It was a job I loved, and the people I worked with had a profound impact on me. When I left, I felt compelled to write a kind of memoir. And Down the Centre was born.Read More
A short story about childhood fear, conceived and written when I was about to start my degree dissertation. The story is about her belief in a monster, the kind that favours the underside of children’s beds. But the real point of the story is about the nature of childhood innocence - and one little girl’s battle for it.Read More
Elmley caught a glimpse of the girl’s true malice. She recognised in that moment just what Raven’s suffering had done to her. She had been a child, once: as playful and trusting and loving as Elmley herself. None of those things now remained. All that was left was hatred.