Shepherd book recommendations

Date: TBA

The Shepherd Website feels like browsing a bookshop with your favourite authors whispering in your ear and pointing you to all the good stuff. 

I've been asked to make some feminist gift book recommendations. Here they are:

Geneva Book Fair

06 Mar 2024

îlot Payot, Salon du Livre, Geneva



Come and see me at the Salon du Livre in Geneva on 6th and 7th March 2024. I'll be delivering a poetry workshop and signing books at the Payot stall. 

Come along and say hi!

50 Amazing Swiss Immigrants Launch

14 Sep 2023

State Department for Migration, Bern, Switzerland

What a brilliant book launch we had!
Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate our Amazing Swiss Immigrants with us! Thank you the State Department of Migration for hosting us, to the speakers. extra-special THANK YOU to Zarina Tadjibaeva and Angela Kerrison, who took the event to the next level with their incredible performances. 
'It was a room full of love' one participant said. We couldn't agree more. 
#50AmazingSwiss #Booklaunch #Migration

All About Geneva podcast

08 May 2023


Geeking out on Geneva's history and Calvin with Daniel Rigby for the 'Living in Switzerland' podcast. 

(and, whilst geeking away, making a mistake. I said Calvin banned theatre in Geneva...Not true! He didn't, the people who came after him did...apologies!) 

Click the link to listen!

Thanks for having me on, Daniel!

Geneva Chronicles Launch at Salon du Livre!

22 May 2022

Payot, Geneva


A workshop about the history of Geneva's famous Jet d'Eau, followed by book signing at Payot Rive Gauche, Geneva.


ETAS Conference Speaker

07 Jan 2022


Speaking at the ETAS (English Teachers Association Switzerland) conference about 50 Amazing Swiss Women and how the stories in the book can be adapted to the classroom.

Book Night Basel

18 Nov 2021

Celebrating books with publisher Helvetiq and Bergli Books at the Literaturhaus Basel! I'll be on stage with Laurie Theurer, talking about our book '50 Amazing Swiss Women' (and eating lots of Raclette). Free event. Come join us!

Interview BBC Radio Wales

15 Feb 2021

BBC Radio Wales

Why were the Swiss so late to give women the right to vote? 

Find out in the interview with BBC Radio Wales on 50 years of women’s right to vote in Switzerland

Published Abroad Workshop

05 May 2020


40-minute zoom workshop for SCBWI Central East on the world of publishing opportunities for English-speaking authors well beyond the UK and the US. Thank you for all those who came along!

Presentation at Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

22 Nov 2019


Presenting Slobber Slobber Kiss Kiss at the Centre Culturel Suisse de Paris (in French), and spending a very inspirational evening discovering and meeting some amazing Swiss authors, among others Odile Cornuz and Guillaume Rhis. Slobber Slobber Kiss Kiss has been chosen by Pro Helvetia as one of their “Magic 9” titles to be promoted abroad this year. Thank you Pro Helvetia!


The power of a small critique group

24 Sep 2019

The three of us met at the Geneva Writers Conference seven years ago with the vague desire to write children’s books. Look at us today! 10 books and counting…This must be my favourite picture this year.


Workshop at the bookshop

20 Sep 2019

Un chien bleu au Chien Bleu!

September 2019: Workshop at the Chien Bleu in Geneva making furry friends we like snuggling up to!

Whittling Workshop

15 Sep 2019

A lovely day running whittling workshops at the STEAM festival Cambridge (at the amazing Spinney school) with Toni Rogers from Cambridge Forest Schools.


Meet your local children's authors!

10 Sep 2019

Cambridge Central Library

I organised another joyful event at the library, bringing together authors and children, and raising funds for the library together.


The Big Read

06 Jul 2019

Parkers Piece, Cambridge

A lovely time reading books as part of the Big Festival, alongside with lots of fabulous local authors…Toni Rogers from Cambridge Forest Schools reading Whittling Away, and Zanna and the Something.



Finchingfield School visit

02 Jul 2019

Fantastic afternoon with a lovely KS1 class working on “the elephant in the room” with Zanna and the Something.

“Fantastic school visit this week from @nitalehmann1! The kids absolutely loved it and the first question they asked was whether she could come back tomorrow! Thank you so much!!” (Catherine Emmett, parent)

Cambridgeshire Education Festival

15 Jun 2019

Homerton College, Cambridge

Really, really enjoyed a day of Forest school action at the Cambridgeshire Education Festival, flamingo-themed, and run by the wonderful Rae Snape.

Here a link to the fantastic YouTube video which sums up this amazing event – I was lucky enough to do attend the whittling workshop with Cambridge Forest schools, and do the fireside storytelling…which, of course, was Whittling Away …


Launch of Zanna and the Something!

25 May 2019

Festival Livre Jeunesse, Yverdon-les-Bains



Launch of Whittling Away!

27 Apr 2019

Cambridgeshire Forest School Conference

Whittling Away. With Forest school trainer and co-author Toni Rogers

Whittling Away is the story of two pixies trying to whittle – more than “just”a story, Whittling Away is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in learning to whittle with their child, but is not quite sure how to go about teaching working with a whittling knife…


Bologna Children's Book Fair

01 Apr 2019

Bologna, Italy

A fantastic time at Bologna book fair announcing the winner of the illustration competition around my picture book SLOBBER SLOBBER KISS KISS with Swiss publisher Helvetiq (nominated for Swiss publisher of the year 2019).

Festival Histoire et Cité

25 Mar 2019


A week of running daily school visits around the theme of WATER for the Festival Histoire et Cité in Geneva, exploring the history of Lake Geneva, and the history of the Jet d’Eau in a series of school visits with primary school children – and a family workshop at the end of the week. 


WBD School Visit Spring Mead Primary School

07 Mar 2019

Celebrating a full day’s worth of World Book Day at Springmead Primary in Welwyn Garden City, with the wonderful Camilla Chester doing all of KS2, and me doing all of KS1, plus assembly at the end. The theme of World Book Day this year was: “Share a Story”, so we shared stories about the angry creatures the children had created during their session.

Meet Your Local Children's Authors

09 Feb 2019

Cambridge Central Library

I organised this event. Local authors and illustrators invaded Cambridge Central Library for an hour – which included story-telling, activities, author speed-dating (for the older children),  raffling away our books, and rising funds for Cambridgeshire libraries, of course!

With Cambridgeshire Libraries and SCBWI Central East.




24 Jan 2019

Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva

Pilot workshops about the watery history of Geneva! My takes on the Creation of Lake Geneva and Jet d’eau had their first outing. And here a picture of Geneva, because it’s so beautiful.

SCBWI Conference

30 Nov 2018


Mass Book Launch at wonderful SCBWI BI Conference in Winchester. 🙂


School Visit Queen Emma school

29 Jun 2018


‘Anita’s visit was excellent. She was full of enthusiasm, and had the children in the palm of her hand. They loved using their imaginations to think constructively about feeling angry, and that afternoon they invented a game based on her story.’ (Christina Cameron, Teaching Assistant)

A fabulous time talking anger, and making a total of 60 angry creatures out of salt dough with two Y1 classes. As an example, here an angry snail, an angry volcano, an angry tiger.


Workshop with Alliance Française

30 May 2018


What a wonderful time running a French/English bilingual reading and workshop around The Red Hot Fireball at Cambridge Library – in collaboration with Virginie from the Alliance Française.

St Matthews School Visit

19 Mar 2018


A lovely morning exploring anger with St.Matthew’s Nursery school, Cambridge, and creating little fire breathing dragons to take home.

Here some quotes by the kids, when asked what they felt in their bodies when they get angry:

“When I feel angry, I get all sweaty.”

“When I feel angry, I want to punch someone.”

“I feel hot.”


01 Mar 2018

King Street Nursery, Cambridge

We celebrated world book daywith the Red Hot Fireball at Kings Street Nursery, Cambridge.

Presentation of the Red Hot Fireball - Geneva Writers Group

20 Jan 2018

Press Club, Geneva

Presenting my new book, The Red Hot Fireball at a Geneva Writers Group workshop, at the Press Club, Geneva.

Book Launch! The Red Hot Fireball

02 Dec 2017

Payot, Neuchâtel

The Red Hot Fireball blasts into the world at the Launch Party at the FNAC in Neuchâtel, Switzerland!