She’s also a journalist and BBC broadcaster who regularly exploits her sons, as an in-house focus group for her children’s novels. She reckons it’s a fair trade for being used as a walking food and drink vending machine.
Ali was a local newspaper reporter and columnist before joining BBC Radio Solent as a producer and presenter and then chucked in the safe job to be dangerously freelance and write scripts and manuscripts. Her first venture was as a comedy columnist on Woman’s Hour and later on Home Truths.
She grew up adoring adventure stories about kids who mess about in the woods and still likes to mess about in the woods herself whenever possible. Ali lives with her husband and two sons in Southampton.
Ali currently has 28 children’s fiction titles published by Oxford University Press including her Shapeshifter series, her Blue Peter Award-winning novel Frozen in Time, and her heart-stopping new adventure series about a group of teenagers with special powers – Unleashed.
You can meet Ali at Wokingham Library at Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 2 from 11am to 12noon.
Ali will talk about how she plans and research’s her books, answer questions on her books and do some fun activities with children aged 7 and over. Please call 0118 978 1368 to book your place.
Ali will also be attending our first Children’s Writing Course at Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 2 from 3.15pm to 4pm. This fun writing course is for children aged 9 to 12 years old, Places must be booked at Maiden Erlegh Library on 0118 966 6630.