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I was born in Scotland but spent my early childhood in India. I studied English Literature at York University, Publishing Studies at Stirling University and have had lots of different jobs – from tattie howking, cleaning and lexicography, to collecting oral histories, waitressing and journalism. I've been writing for children since the early 1990s.
I'm best known for my picture book texts, which include William and the Night-Train, One More Sheep, Friendly Day, and the Suzy Sue series (Have You Seen My Potty?, A Bed of Your Own, Atchoo, and Nursery Time), all published by Hodder Children's Books.