Come and say hello!

I’d love to see you at one of the events I’ve got coming up, where I’ll be reading from The Light Keeper, telling the real-life stories behind my debut novel and singing some new songs written to go with it.


These are the other dates, do please come and say hello:

Friday August 9 at 1.30pm

Words Pavillion at the Firle Vintage Fair, hosted by Much Ado Books

Thursday, August 15 at 7pm

Publication day party at DC1 Café, Eastbourne SOLD OUT

Wednesday, August 21 at 7.30pm

Kino-Teatr, St Leonard’s On Sea, Ted-style 15-minute talk as part of The Bavard Bar

Sunday, August 25 at 5.45pm

Greenbelt Festival, first ever full performance of The Light Keeper readings and songs

Friday, August 30 at 7pm

The Light Keeper at the Wish Tower, a rare chance to see and hear stories and songs inside an historic venue built to defend the South Coast from Napoleon! Tickets are free but numbers are very limited because of the building, so get in quickly for this one.

Thursday, September 5 at 7pm

London launch of The Light Keeper with stories and songs on a moored boat in Vauxhall. Free entry by ticket only. DETAILS SOON

Friday, September 13 at noon

The Light Keeper in the Lantern Room of the Belle Tout lighthouse, exclusive performance for a dozen mailing list members only, sign up here for the chance to win tickets and/or a room for two at the lighthouse that night.

Saturday, September 14 at noon

Waterstones, Hastings, Meet The Author free event with readings, stories and songs

Saturday, October 12 at 7.30pm

Pies, Peas and Performance event hosted by Paul Cookson in Retford

More to be announced soon. If you’d like me to come and talk, read and sing in your front room, church, pub, club, venue or stadium, get in touch

‘The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away’ – Told Live in London

Friends, you are invited to come and hear me tell the incredibly moving, inspiring true story of The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away on Thursday February 22 at the Oasis Centre in Waterloo. Tickets are £5 and available here. 

This is an adaptation of the Radio 4 series and HarperCollins book, in which I use words, images and music to take you into the story of a heart transplant, a modern miracle of love, faith and medicine. It’s about two teenage boys and their families, about determination and sacrifice and a rallying cry for the NHS too. Supporting the Donor Family Network charity. Please come if you can.


Boy London Update



Come and say hello in Belfast, Eastbourne, Bloxham, Waterloo or Keswick, it would be great to see you

I’m speaking at the following live events in the next few weeks, you’d be most welcome.

Belfast, Wednesday 7 February at 5.30pm. Talking about The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away at No Alibis bookshop, 83 Botanic Avenue, BT7 1JL as part of the 4 Corners Festival.

Eastbourne, Friday 9 February at 7.30pm. Full premiere of The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away as a live presentation. The Birley Centre, 4 Carlisle Rd, BN21 4EF. Tickets on sale now.

Bloxham, Saturday 17 February at 10am. Interviewing James Runcie, creator of the Grantchester mysteries as seen in print and on ITV. At Bloxham School, Oxfordshire, as part of the Church Times Bloxham Festival of Faith & Literature.

Bloxham, Saturday 17 February at 1pm. Talking about The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away, as part of the Church Times Festival of Faith & Literature, tickets available here.

London, Thursday 22 February at 7.30pm. Full presentation of The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away, at the Oasis Centre, Waterloo, SE1 7QP.

Cumbria, 11 March at 1.45pm. Talking about The Boy Who Gave His Heart Awayas part of the Words by the Water festival at the Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick CA12 5DJ. Full details from the festival website.

Several other events are in the pipeline. If you’d like to host one, drop me a line.

The true story of The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away, a modern medical miracle, told live on stage

The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away, told live on stage

It’s my privilege to say that on Friday, February 9 I will be telling the incredibly moving true story of The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away on stage at the Birley Centre in Eastbourne, with some of the money raised on the night going to the Donor Family Network charity. Put on by Harry Farmer with excellent fellow writer Sheila Bugler part of the evening too. Please come if you can. Tickets are limited but they are available now from