TINNEDspaghetti

TINNEDspaghetti

Welcome to Tinned Spaghetti! We write for children, tell stories to children and look after our children, often together. Have fun exploring our website and let us know what you think.
Charlotte Guillain

Charlotte Guillain

Hi, I’m Charlotte. I write fiction and non fiction for children and also edit children’s books. You’ll often find me reading them too! Visit my blog
Adam Guillain

Adam Guillain

Hi, I’m Adam. I write fiction for children and work as a storyteller. I visit lots of schools, running writing workshops and training teachers. Visit my blog

The Beatles were playing on the radio when Adam was born in Leicester. This musical prodigy ended up studying performing arts and forming a band, before moving on to sports journalism and primary school teaching. He ended up training teachers on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar…

And that’s where he met Charlotte! She says she doesn’t come from anywhere because she moved around a lot when she was growing up. She always wanted to be a writer and worked as a bookseller before training to teach English as a Foreign Language. This took her to the Czech Republic and  Ukraine, before she headed to Zanzibar to teach English to student nurses and met Adam. After their Zanzibari adventure, Adam and Charlotte moved to Oxford where Charlotte started working in publishing and Adam became writer-in-residence at the Roald Dahl Museum before hooking up with the Story Museum in Oxford.

And now we both write! Sometimes together, sometimes on our own. We are delighted that Spaghetti with the Yeti, illustrated by award-winning Lee Wildish, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize , Oscar’s First Book Prize, the Sheffield Book Award, the Portsmouth Book Award, the Stockport Book Award and the Oldham Brilliant Books Award and won the Word’s Out! Picture Book Prize 2014. More titles have followed in the George’s Amazing Adventures series – Marshmallows for Martians, Doughnuts for a Dragon Pizza for Pirates and Socks for Santa. Still to come we have Treat for a T.Rex which will be out summer 2016.

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Our very latest book (and we’re very excited) is School for Dads, illustrated so fluidly and funny by the amazing Ada Grey. We are all very proud of this one. Thanks to Alice Corrie for editing this one for us. You did a great job!

School for Dads cover

And here’s Supermarket Gremlins, illustrated by the hillarious Chris Chatterton. If you want to learn how to draw a gremlin, Chris will be happy to show you here How to Draw a Gremlin

Chris is already working hard on the next title, School Gremlins for 2017,

Supermarket Gremlins

We hope you enjoy finding out more about what we do. We’re going to be updating the site with all our latest news and up-and-coming books as well as our appearances at literary festivals and author visits. There will be stories to listen to, tips for your own writing, plus quizzes and lots of other fun stuff – enjoy!