Spring!
22 March 2021
Spring is here! I love seeing the daffodils and crocuses when I’m out and about. The lighter days have definitely brought a feeling of brightness. We’ve made it through the winter. Through the snow. Through a lot of tough months. It’s not over but there seems to be a movement towards optimism, rather than despair. My fellowship at Peter Pan Moat Brae has been running alongside the pandemic and we didn’t know if, or when I would be able to make it down to Dumfries. Sadly, that has only...

Illustrator Spotlight: Anh Cao
09 February 2021
Illustrator Showcase! Anh Cao!

07 February 2021
Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Ox Hooray! I was finally able to reveal the cover of my debut novel, Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths! It was such a lovely Friday. I spent most of the day replying to tweets and thanking everyone for the love. One of the BIG things for me, is that #DannyChungBook will be one of the first (perhaps the first) middle-grade book written by a British Chinese author to have a British Chinese child on the cover. What do you think of my book cover? Do you think it stands...

30 January 2021
Happy New Year! I hope you had a good Christmas, as good as we can expect during these very odd times. At the beginning of December our lovely hamster, Nora Happy Paws died. She had been slowing down considerably and I was already had the talk with my children, that she might not last too much longer. The following week I noticed her legs weren't working. And the next day she had gone. Even though she was only the size of my hand, she left a big paw print in our hearts. There has been much...

24 November 2020
Maisie talks about connecting with others and what she has been up to the past few weeks!

23 October 2020
The End of One Thing, Can be the Beginning of Another... I'm a firm believer in cycles...not bicycles, but the intrinsic up and down of nature and of our lives. This pandemic has been and will continue to be very difficult for humans on this planet. We have globally experienced something that has affected all of our lives. Some days, I regret reading the news, and other days I feel hopeful. This blog is about endings and also the hope that follows. The renewal of life and energy. I'm going to...

03 October 2020
Read all about what Maisie got up to during September.

13 September 2020
A Tree for Nanny Barton By Maisie Chan [Inspired by the Moat Brae Neverland Discovery Garden’s Tulip Tree and Aliisa Hyslop’s Tree Stories] [Trigger warning - this story has elements of child grief, if you know a child/reader who has recently lost someone then perhaps read the story before you share it with them to see if it's suitable] Charly’s nanny had gone. His ma had told him she was in a better place, but Charly wasn’t sure where a better place could be. Surely, the best place...


23 August 2020
My First Visit to Peter Pan Moat Brae I’m writing on a drizzle-filled morning from a book lined room upstairs at Moat Brae. The room is perfect for a writer. It has a large desk, with a window and the shelves are filled with books, mainly children’s books. I admit, I have been somewhat distracted by all of the titles I am surrounded by and have been browsing the spines and flicking through pages. We writers like to call such distraction ‘procrastination’. Many of them are older books...

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