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A writer’s life during the pandemic crisis…

Dear Friends, Do we all have a picture of ourselves in a mask by now? We…

Without music, life would be a mistake …

Saturday night guitar party, 28/03/2020 (I’m top, 2nd left)10 guitars, 15 friends, including a friend from…

FREE Teacher’s Guides for OCULUM, online resources for parents and kids, and more

Silver Birch 2020 nominee; SYRCA Diamond Willow 2020 nominee  Hi all, I’ve re-posted this for everyone…

Writing in the time of Coronavirus

Dear Friends, It’s March 2020, and the world is in the grip of a pandemic. No…

I Read Canadian! Do you?

Today is the inaugural I READ CANADIAN day! I’m proud to say that as a Canadian,…

Kids ask questions about Quinn and the Quiet Quiet ….

I received some fabulous dioramas last week from kids in the Near North school system (see…

OCULUM Events Coming up! OLA Forest Friday and OLA SuperConference

OCULUM is out and about this month!I’ll be signing books and talking about the book at…

Top 5 Blog Posts of the Year AND Top Blog Post of All Time

Here it is, the dawn of a new year, a new decade, and frankly, a new…

Introducing the Weird Stories Gone Wrong 6 Book Bundle and my fave illustrations from each book.

Here it is, the Weird Stories Gone Wrong Bundle! Or is that an Omnibus… Whatever you…

OCULUM is a Silver Birch 2020 nominee and optioned for TV!

“We are delighted to announce that not only is @phdowding’s Oculum on the @ForestofReading Silver Birch Fiction…

5 questions about writing Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet …

Here it is, Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet, the 6th and final book in my award-winning…

Happy Book Birthday to Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet!

Happy Book Birthday to Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet, book six in the award-winning Weird Stories…

GIVEAWAY TO WIN all 6 books in the Weird Stories Gone Wrong series!

ENTER THE 49th Shelf GIVEAWAY! WIN ALL SIX BOOKS! Enter the 49th Shelf GIVEAWAY to win…

Launch, Hamilton SuperCrawl AND a Giveaway for Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet

It’s a BUSY week ahead with a book launch, an author reading AND a book giveaway…

Weird Stories Gone Wrong at the CNE 2019

Award-winning Weird Stories Gone Wrong seriesQuinn and the Quiet, Quiet comes out September/2019 Come to the…

Pick of the week, tech storytelling, a librarian’s letter, free teacher’s guides and more

Coming September 2019, Dundurn Press It’s been a busy week, lots to cover!  FIRST, I want…

Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet BOOK TRAILER

My next book, Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet, comes out in September 2019! It’s the sixth…

OCULUM makes the 2019 Forest Kid Summer Reading List!

I couldn’t be happier to announce that my middle-grade dystopia, OCULUM, has just been selected by…

The BEST thing about writing for kids? …

The best–THE BEST–thing about writing for kids? Getting their letters and pictures! A few weeks ago I…

MORE fabulous kid’s art for OCULUM

J’s Granola Bar from OCULUM “E created a set of bookmarks that depict important scenes from…

Alex and The Other is one of The Year’s Best Books 2018!

Book 4 in the award-winningWeird Stories Gone Wrong series “With each chapter Dowding develops tension and…

10 Writing Tips for the 10th Anniversary Celebration!

It’s been a decade since my first book was published in April 2009. What have I…

The Gargoyle in My Yard, Ballerinas and Daisies

Gargoth of Tallus illustration by Emma Dolanwww.emmadarkandweird.com Imagine this gargoyle in a tutu, doing a pirouette. Kathryn…

A Diamond Willow Award Nomination for OCULUM!

CCBC Best Books Selection & Willow Awards stickers! So honoured to announce that OCULUM has been nominated…

Introducing The Gargoyle Shuffle

Gargoyle Image Courtesy Emma Dolan www.emmadarkandweird.com My first book was published TEN YEARS AGO today, on…