Books & Biscuits (March 2023)

Hello and thanks for reading the March 2023 edition of Books & Biscuits!

For the benefit of new subscribers, my name’s Jen Carney and I’m a children’s author-illustrator. Like Billie Upton Green, the protagonist in my latest series, The Accidental Diary of B.U.G., I’m partial to the odd custard cream - hence the title and content of my newsletter: I start with books, add something biscuity and finish with details of a giveaway. Enjoy!


World Book Day/Week/Fortnight 2023

This time of year is always popular for author visits. If you work in a school, remember…authors are available all year round!

My regular workshops are suitable for KS2. They’re interactive and are all about seeing reading as a pleasure rather than a chore.

Fuelled by books!

What’s Your Story, Chorley?

After making an interactive resource for Chorley Council to inspire school children to compose their own piece of writing, I was honoured to be asked to help judge entries to the ‘My Community’ writing competition organised by What’s Your Story, Chorley?

Every school in the Chorley area was invited to participate. The variety and quality of the entries was superb.

We had carton strips, information leaflets, stories, descriptive paragraphs, diary entries, journalistic writing, poems and more besides.

It was very difficult to select the winners, but (eventually) two children from each age category (from reception all the way through to year eight) were selected to receive certificates and book tokens at a special awards ceremony held at Chorley Library where the mayor of Chorley made the presentations. A special letter from the Queen Consort was shared with the children too!

Many of the entries will be displayed at Chorley Library (PR7 1EB) as part of the continuing What’s Your Story, Chorley? festival. Why not check them out if you are in the area.

Come and say hi…

Diary-style book lovers

I have been reading…


Can we talk about Jaffa Cakes…

Cake or biscuit? Which camp are you in? It always causes a bit of debate in schools…


Argument from McVities:

They’re cakes.

This is for legal reasons. Apparently, VAT is payable on chocolate covered biscuits, but not chocolate covered cakes.

I stand firmly in the biscuit camp…and, up there, is a photo of a cake I once made for my son’s birthday…! Yes, a cake…made to look like a biscuit.


Below you will see some links to my social media pages. I’d love to connect with you.

That’s all for this edition!