My first stay at a Writers’ Retreat

For anyone looking for peaceful surroundings to get their next project done, I highly recommend Kiln Bank Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat, Lake District.

The 1820s cottage literally has nature on its doorstep, with a couple of excellent walks/running routes taking in secluded river woodland to mountainous panoramas.

In the evenings, I ate meals with hosts Adriana and Richard and relaxed in the cosy lounge, tinged with the aroma of clementine peel drying on top of the log burner.

One evening, Adriana took me out to look at the stars on a cloudless night. As there was no light pollution, we saw what seemed like the entire Milky Way – magical!

Staying at the retreat did wonders. Not only because I managed to finish the difficult task of outlining my next book, but the fresh surroundings gave me a well-needed reboot from the daily grind that can sometimes take over our lives and cloud our thinking.

The retreat will soon be expanding, so look out and get booking!

For more info visit: Pea Green Boat Books.

Upcoming festivals this September 2021

These will be my first ever book festivals in person. Last year I attended Hay and Edinburgh, but only online, so it wasn’t really the same. There’s no beating the atmosphere of events like these in person, with the hustle and bustle of exciting things to see and do, and meeting loads of new and interesting people. After being cooped up forever, I am more than raring to go now!



‘Create Your Own Comic Guide to Life’ – Saturday 25 September, 2pm to 3.30pm, The Forum, St James’ Parade, BA1 1UG



• ‘The Diverse Book Awards Event’ with founder Abiola Bello – Wednesday 29 September, 7pm to 8pm

• ‘Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life Talk & Workshop’ – Thursday 30 September, 11am to 12noon

Little Chapters of Chill mindfulness books

As a qualified meditation guide, I like to spread the message of mindfulness whenever I can. So, I’m delighted to announce the launch of ‘Little Chapters of Chill’ audiobooks for kids, series 2! Narrated by CBBC’s Giovanna Fletcher with special guest voiceovers.

I can’t tell you how pleased I was to hear that series 1 was adopted by schools, councils, libraries and the NHS as an essential tool for children’s health and welfare online, especially during lockdown and now, as they ease their way back into ‘normal life’.

There’s 10 adventure stories each with an integrated guided exercise and they are absolutely FREE to download here.

Thank you to everyone involved in this project and for the fabulous launch party at The Ivy, Tower Bridge💛

Maddy Yip offically launches 5th August 2021

Two years, 20,000 words and 80 illustrations later, it’s finally here! It took so long because I was working full-time as a marketing creative, as well as covering requests off the back of my last book Chinglish: writing features, doing interviews/podcasts, school visits, festival talks/panels, videos etc. Also, confession time, I’m a massively slow writer (and even slower at reading).

Working on this during the glummest months of the pandemic gave me oodles of joy, so I hope it does the same for my readers.

Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life is the first in a series. Find out more here.

Indie Book of the Month for August 2021!

OH WOW! My first ever middle-grade book has made it to ‘Children’s Indie Book of the Month’! Meaning it’ll be promoted in all UK independent bookshops throughout August.

Sometimes, I need to stop, breathe and appreciate what I do, and the support around me. It’s so easy to plough on to the next job without stopping to smell the roses.

Indie book shops are unique community hubs with the best personal service and expert advice you’ll find. So please keep them thriving by supporting them and shop local!

Gold Award for Chill with Lil

Bizzie Baby UK have awarded GOLD for my mindfulness book for children ‘Chill with Lil’!

Most people won’t know that apart from writing and illustrating books, I also practice meditation and am a qualified guide. One day I decided to put the two together and came up with ‘Chill with Lil’, a fun story with an integrated mindfulness exercise, to help kids enjoy some calm and stillness – something we all need more of in today’s busy world!

(Also shown are the Dutch and Turkish versions)

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The Book of Homelessness at MOYC

My story of being homeless and pregnant when I was 19, features in The Book of Homelessness, along with many other extremely thought provoking and touching accounts.

This incredible piece of work was put together by Accumulate, a charity providing support, workshops and scholarships for creatives affected by the lack of safe, secure and adequate housing.

The book is full of #ownvoices stories and brilliant colour art by the contributors. Buy at Accumulate’s website, or the fantastic Museum Of Youth Culture in London. All profits go to charity 🖤

I WON the Bristol Teen Book Awards 2020!

After being postponed twice (hoping we could meet in person), the 2020 Bristol Teen Book Award ceremony finally went ahead this month online, with deputy mayor Asher Craig presenting this beautiful blue glass trophy to me. 

As a writer with perpetual imposter syndrome, it’s things like this that remind me that actually, readers prove that I can write. So I’m going to display this award with pride alongside the others, and look at it whenever I feel creatively insecure ie. a lot!

A massive thank you goes out to the voters and the organisers at Bristol Teen Book Awards, an organisation championing diversity. If you get the chance, check out the other shortlisters because they are all equally brill.

NEW Maddy Yip series coming this August

I’m very excited to reveal advance copies of my latest book ‘Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life’. It’s the first in a laugh out loud series for kids 8+ and chock-full of madcap adventures.

It’s been brilliant working on this over the past year – thinking up hilarious scenarios and sketching funny cartoons got me through the gloom for sure.

When I was a kid, we didn’t have books so I bought comics from the newsagents and devoured them instead. Ever since it’s been my dream to create something similar of my own…and now here I am! I hope my readers get the same enjoyment from this as I have.

***Pre-order here***

Longlisted for The Blossom Awards

Wow – I’ve been longlisted for The Blossom Awards!
Founded by Alan Mak MP and Cathy Watts, these awards ‘Bring together the nation’s British-Chinese leaders and influencers and celebrate their success and contribution’…So as you can imagine, I am totally doing my happy dance today!
The work I do as an author is so varied but the most rewarding part is education, especially teaching our young people to close the gap between divides and differences. I’d like to think I can help empower them to build a more positive future together.
Thank you Blossom Awards for choosing me and congratulations and best of luck to all the other longlisters going forward!