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 and the Sheffield Book Awards. To date, six more titles have followed in the George’s Amazing Adventures series and there are several more planned and we are delighted that Treats for a T.Rex has picked up a GOLD Practical Pre-School Award!

T. Rex

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We’re so lucky to be working with the amazingly witty Ada Grey. Here’s our collaboration School for Dads. We are all very proud of this one. Thanks to Alice Corrie for doing such a great job editing this one. We have another title with Ada planned for 2018. Can’t wait!

School for Dads cover

And here’s another collaboration, this time with the hilarious Chris Chatterton, it’s Supermarket Gremlins. Our next title in 2017 will be the sequel to this, School Gremlins. If you want to learn how to draw a gremlin, Chris will be happy to show you here: How to Draw a Gremlin

Supermarket Gremlins

2017 also see the publication of another 72 books in the Reading Planet reading scheme published by Rising Stars. (Find out more about that project on our blogs and by visiting the Rising Stars website.)

As well as promoting all our books around the country, we’ll be working on exciting new projects with Pippa Curnick and Gary Parsons for 2018.

Well, that’s it for now. We hope you enjoy finding out more about what we do. Please explore the site. We will be updating it 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!