I studied Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, including human evolution and behaviour, molecular and population genetics, population growth and ageing, ethnic and cultural diversity, epidemiology and physiology. I also did loads of student journalism, so science writing was the perfect job!
In the last ten years I’ve written more than 130 books for children and young people, including How to Change the World, shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s book Prize 2016, and Self-Destructing Science, shortlisted for the ASE Book of the Year 2016.
I also write for the awesome children’s science magazine Whizz Pop Bang, and contribute to science outreach projects such as www.dementiaexplained.org and Oxford University’s Parents for STEM Futures project, which will inspire children from diverse backgrounds to pursue science careers.
I live in Cambridge, where I’m a primary school governor and zookeeper to three young sons. I write about primary literacy and science education for the Oxford Owl and Oxford Education blogs.
- Five ways to encourage reluctant readers
- Five ideas to fire up children’s non-fiction writing power
- The power of stories – National Non-fiction November
I enjoy running hands-on writing and science workshops for schools, libraries and festivals. If you are interested in a non-fiction bootcamp for your school or book group, please get in touch.
what i do
Concept development • Trade and educational fiction and non-fiction • Novelty titles • Activity books • Picture books • Biography • Science writing • Phonics texts • Books for reluctant and struggling readers • Events and activity packs • Articles and blogs • Commissioning • Picking up Lego
who i write for
Alzheimer’s Research UK • Bloomsbury • Cambridge News • Collins • Curious Fox • Dorling Kindersley • gapyear.com • The Guardian • Hodder Wayland • Laurence King • Lonely Planet • Macmillan Children’s Books • Oxford Education Blog • Oxford Owl • Oxford University • OUP • Pearson • Project Wild Thing • Quarto • Rising Stars • Raintree • Whizz Pop Bang! magazine