Category Archives: places

In search of Merlin’s Treasure

The final part of my Dragon trilogy , Dragon Red, came out on Wednesday – 1st March 2017 – St David’s Day.

The day before I went to make a video about Dinas Emrys, which is a hill in north wales near Beddgellert which is renowned as Merlin’s Castle and where the Red Dragon of Wales is reputed to be imprisoned and where Merlin’s Gold is waiting to be claimed by a fatherless child!

Dinas Emrys is where the trilogy begins and ends. When I was planning and writing there books, I gained such a visual impression from my researches, that I decided not to visit until I’d finished the series. This week was my first chance… but it was pouring with rain.

I’ll be going there again. on the Eve of May Day to film again. more successful this time I hope. Look out for the next dinars embryos video soon!

You can get the books at Amazon here in the UK

Or you can get signed copies – with a free poster from me here

Learn marabout Dinas Emrys at wikipedia

And here is some tourist information.

Ang here is the Google satellite view

See me in Cardiff on Saturday

I’ll be in Cardiff at Cardiff Story this Saturday 1st April from 11-12pm at the Cardiff Children’s Literary Festival
Come along for dragon storytelling and drawing.

Get your tickets here.

Questions for a Children’s Author

I visited St Paul’s CofE Primary School in Gloucester last week and some of the children still had questions to ask when our time was up. I asked their teacher Mrs Bevan, to send me an email with the questions I hadn’t answered, and promised to make a video for her and her class 5.

Having made the video, I though I might share it on my website too!

I mention that Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, is my favourite book. I made a video explaining why. You can see it here:

These are the questions that Year 5 asked

Lesley-Joyce:

  • How long does it take you to write your books?
  • Did you make the character Harri like drawing because you like drawing too?
  • Is it possible for you to give our school a couple of your books to put in our library? (her question – honest!?) Vikki asked this too!

Ethan:

  • How many books do you sell in a year?
  • Is it hard to write books?

Bea:

  • Who is your favourite character out of all of the books you’ve written? (Finnley asked this too)
  • What’s your most recent book?

Karl:

  • Where do you get your ideas from for your books and characters?

Gabko:

  • What is your favourite book that you haven’t written?

Vikki, Jennifer, Mario also asked the same questions as the ones above!