I am a children’s author based in the UK. Originally from the small island of Malta in the Mediterranean, I grew up speaking three languages: English, Maltese and Italian. I have always wanted to be a writer, but I had several jobs in Malta before I left for England to pursue my ambition. I was a chef, a part-time teacher and a postman, until I got bitten in the leg by a pregnant Alsation. I have a large tattoo on my left leg to hide the scar.
In England, I lived in London and Brighton before moving to the small village of Saltaire in West Yorkshire. It’s the perfect place to live in, full of people like me who are happy to put up with all sorts of regulations because they enjoy being part of a world-heritage site. The village is on the outskirts of Bradford, which has the wonderful National Media Museum where I spend a lot of time watching films and writing on my ipad.
Before my career took off, I used to work as a storyteller for the Commonwealth Institute in London which, sadly, is no more. I wasn’t actually there most of the time, though; I was visiting schools around the country. It was the perfect training for a would-be writer. The kids were the best critics ever, and I am still in touch with a few of them, even though they are now grown up and have their own kids to try out stories on.
I have written all sorts of books, from novelty titles aimed at toddlers to short novels. My most successful projects, though, are my own takes on myths and legends. I was brought up on this kind of stuff, and I still love it more than any other kind of story. I have also written material for Teletubbies, Channel 5’s Milkshake and some Disney educational programmes. I still love visiting schools when i have the time, although the projects I am taking on now demand weeks and weeks of writing at a time.
I hope you enjoy my blog. I’m not sure how it will pan out, but it’s the start of a new journey!