What I learnt from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Bologna Children's Book Fair

I'm sitting in a little cafe in the centre of Bologna. I've just drank the best coffee I've ever had from Caffe Terzi and soon I'll be catching a plane back to my family. The last couple of days have been overwhelming and wonderful in equal parts. The fair itself was ENORMOUS! More than five huge … [continue]

The lone traveller


As some of you already know, I’m in Bologna travelling ALONE for a few days, for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. It’s been a long time since I travelled alone. I haven’t done much without children and/or husband since having a baby 6 years ago. And that’s how I’ve liked it. I’ve never really been […]


Zin in Ijs {AKA the most beautiful ice-cream cart in the world}

zin in ijs

Technically, it was still winter the day two small children took their child-like vehicles through the forest to find ice-cream. Firstly, you need to understand this. We are in the Netherlands. And if you can imagine, Netherlands in the winter can be a dreary old place. Wet, cold. I personally don’t mind it, as having actual seasons is […]


The uncurling, unfurling of Spring


Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations. It is not much matter if things do not turn out well. ~ Charles Dudley Warner I didn’t know this until yesterday, but the first day of Spring here is not the first of the month. It’s actually the 21st. I guess it’s the equinox. […]


Thursday Talk & Tea with Edwina Wyatt

Together Always

It’s been a little while since I talked and tea-ed with a children’s author. But then, my good friend Edwina Wyatt’s new book Always Together was released this month, and I couldn’t resist asking Edwina a few questions. By way of introduction, I met Edwina on my book tour last year. She too had recently published her first […]