The Children’s Media Conference 2011

On Thursday I have been asked to give a Masterclass to delegates at The Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield. The word Masterclass fills me with dread as like most writers I’m not entirely sure what I’ve done to earn the right to call myself a Master and when I look at the esteemed company I am in that makes me doubt myself even more! But nothing ventured nothing gained. I shall pepper the talk with anecdotes and clips from the shows I’ve written and produced – Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids, The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury and Johnny Casanova the Unstoppable Sex Machine. At least they’ll have something to watch other than me sweating myself to death.

But I am reliably informed that what I’ve done over the last twelve years or so, writing forty or so books and selling the Intellectual Property rights in the most successful of them to my own production company in order to fulfill programme commissions from BBC, ITV, Disney and Nickelodeon is sufficiently rare that people will want to hear how I’ve done it. Or indeed why…

Obviously I am hoping for an audience of thousands but will be happy with twenty. Or am I aiming too high?!

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