An invitation

combat zone coverOn Thursday 20th November I’m having a book launch at the RAF Museum in Cosford.

I’ll be talking about my new series, Rugby Academy, along with a group of children who have parents serving in the RAF.

If you are a teacher or parent who would like to join us – with or without your pupils or children – there are places to see both the talk and then have a look round the museum. All for free.

There’s a reason the launch is at the RAF Museum. Rugby Academy is about rugby, but it is also about what it is like to be in a forces family, particularly the RAF.

I researched the books with the children who will be joining me at the launch. They also read through the books to help me iron out all my mistakes. We’ll talk about how I went about trying to write the book from their point of view.

We’ll also be joined by players form the RAF Cosford rugby team who will be telling the children what they like to read.

The rough idea for the three books is that a school rugby team plays in the UK, European and World school championships. As they play rugby many of their parents are involved in an aerial humanitarian relief operation in the Middle East.

There are three books coming out. All in time for next year’s Rugby World Cup. Combat Zone is out already. Surface to Air – set in Toulon – is out in February 2015. Finally, Deadlocked – set in New Zealand – in May 2015. All with Barrington Stoke.

The event will also launch my new role as Children’s Author in Residence at RAF Museum Cosford. In 2015 I will be writing three children’s books about the RAF. So I will – literally – be in residence, researching the history of the great aeroplanes of the RAF and speaking to groups of children every month.

Where: RAF Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Cosford, Shrophsire, TF11 8UP

When: Thursday 20th November 2014 at 10.30 a.m. Refreshments and book signing from midday.

If you would like to join us, please email me at and we’ll sort something out.