Dorkius Maximus in Egypt is out now

The second book in the Dorkius Maximus series is out now. In it, Dorkius travels to Egypt and meets King Ptolemy and his sister Cleopatra. Find out more about it here.

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire wins the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award

Many many thanks to everyone who voted for Diary of a Wimpy Vampire to win the 2012 Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award in the 12-14 category. I was presented with the award at a ceremony in Horncastle last week. Thanks to everyone who came and thanks to Tarina and everyone who helped to oragnise the award. Find out more on their site.

Northern Ireland Visit

I did some very enjoyable school visits in Belfast and Bangor recently that were organised by Kathy and Ann from the Northern Ireland Book Award. I spoke and answered questions alongside the Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin, who has posted about the event on her Facebook page.

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire wins the Manchester Fiction City award!!!

I'm very proud to announce that Diary of a Wimpy Vampire has won the 2011 Manchester Fiction City award. I was presented with the award by author Alan Gibbons at a ceremony in Manchester last week. Thanks to Margaret, Cheryl, Danny and everyone who helped to run the award. And of course thanks to everyone who voted! Find out more on their site.

Northern Ireland Visit

I did some very enjoyable school visits in Belfast and Bangor recently that were organised by Kathy and Ann from the Northern Ireland Book Award. I spoke and answered questions alongside the Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin, who has posted about the event on her Facebook page.

Blog post about the Scattered Authors' Society

Candy Gourlay, the author of 'Tall Story' very kindly asked me to write a guest post for her blog 'Notes from the Slushpile', so I wrote about the recent Scattered Authors' Society weekend in Coventry. You can read it here.

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire shortlisted for the Redbridge Book Award

Wimpy Vampire has made it to the Redbridge Book Award shortlist, alongside books by Malorie Blackman, Keren David, Kevin Brooks and Darren Shan. The ceremony is in July, so fingers crossed. The details are at www.redbridge.gov.uk

Prince of Dorkness available for pre-order

The second volume of Diary of a Wimpy Vampire is called 'Prince of Dorkness' and it's out in May. It's already listed on Amazon. How will Nigel cope with his new-found popularity? Why does he dislike the new pupil Jason so much? And how can he save the world from a deadly uprising of the armies of the night and still find time to revise for his mock exams?

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire shortlisted for the Worcestershire Teen Book Award

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire has been shortlisted for the Worcestershire Teen Book Award, alongside the latest from Jon Mayhew, Andy Mulligan, L A Weatherly, Malorie Blackman and Michael Morpurgo.
You can visit their Facebook page here.

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire longlisted for the Redbridge Book Award

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire has been longlisted for the Redbridge Book Award, alongside books by Candy Gourlay, Keren David, Marcus Sedgwick and others. You can find out more about the award at www.redbridge.gov.uk

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Book Award

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire has been shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Book Award, alongside An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo, Blood Ransom by Sophie McKenzie, Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin, The Ring of Earth by Chris Bradford, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, Time Riders by Alex Scarrow and Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes.
You can find out more about the scheme at www.nibookaward.org.uk and even add a positive review (hint hint).

Vampire Banana

The Portuguese version of Wimpy Vampire is out now and it has over 6000 fans on Facebook.
It's called 'O Diário de um Vampiro Banana' over there, because apparently 'banana' means 'coward'. Last one to introduce this into the English language is a total banana.

Manchester School Visit

I visited my old school, Trinity High School in Manchester, on October 5th, as part of the Manchester Fiction City Scheme.
I delivered vampire workshops to classes from years seven, eight and ten and was even asked to sign some copies of Diary of a Wimpy Vampire (as well as some books I didn't write).

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire nominated for Manchester Fiction City

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire has been chosen for a scheme called Manchester Fiction City, previously known as the Manchester Book Award. Find out more about the scheme and the other nominated books here.

Interview with the Wimpy Vampire (2)

The Seattle journalist Dan Coxon interviewed me to mark the release of the US version of Wimpy Vampire. You can read the interview here.

Interview with the Wimpy Vampire (1)

The vampire expert Susan K Mann recently interviewed me for her blog. You can read the interview here.