I studied Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, including human evolution and behaviour, molecular and population genetics, epidemiology and physiology. I also did lots of student journalism, so science writing was the perfect combination!
In the last ten years I’ve written more than 140 books for children and young people, including How to Change the World, shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, and Self-Destructing Science, shortlisted for the ASE Book of the Year.
I also write for the children’s science magazines Whizz Pop Bang and The Week Junior Science+Nature and contribute to science outreach projects such as www.dementiaexplained.org and Oxford University’s Parents for STEM Futures project, inspiring children from diverse backgrounds to pursue science careers. I write about primary literacy and science education for Oxford Owl and Oxford Education, and also blog for The Writers’ And Artists’ Yearbook.
I live in Cambridge, where I’m a primary school governor and zookeeper to three young sons.
- 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’re interested in a science writing bootcamp for your school, festival or library, 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 • Little Gestalten • 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 • Wren & Rook