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22 years and counting!

I can hardly believe it has been 22 years since I nervously climbed up on a stage in London before the great and good of UK children's publishing to receive the inaugural Branford Boase Award from Jacqueline Wilson, one of the judges that year. Song Quest plus Branford Boase Award My editor Barry Cunningham, who famously discovered JK Rowling's Harry Potter, also received an award to recognise his role in shaping my debut novel for publication. Barry has since gone on to win several more BB awards for other winning debuts published by Chicken House, and I have gone on to write several more books for readers aged 10+. You can find them all on this site. More about Song Quest and its sequels here: