Swapna Haddow was the winner of the Greenhouse Funny Prize 2014 and is the author of the Dave Pigeon books, published by Faber & Faber. The first Dave Pigeon book, How to Deal with Bad Cats and Keep (Most of) Your Feathers, is out now and the sequel How Not to Get Plucked, Minced, Roasted and Served up with Ketchup which will be available in 2017.

Swapna lives in London with her husband and son and their pet hamster Gary. When she’s not writing she is usually reading, dreaming about living on a boat or eating Jaffa Cakes. Sometimes you’ll find her doing all three at the same time.

How to Deal with Bad Cats and Keep (Most of) Your Feathers

If you can read this, you obviously understand Pigeonese. You may read my book. If you’re a cat and you’ve learnt Pigeonese (HA HA HA! As if a cat would be smart enough to learn Pigeonese) . . .

If you are a cat and you are able to read this, it must mean you have taken a pigeon hostage so that you can trick them into translating the Pigeonese words into Meow. I demand you release the hostage pigeon now. My book contains TOP SECRET ideas that are NONE of a cat’s business.’ Signed: Dave Pigeon

Join Dave Pigeon and his sidekick Skipper on their quest to defeat the most evil cat in town. There will be funny bits and scary bits and biscuity bits as these two daring pigeons pledge to make the world a better place for pigeons everywhere. With black and white illustrations from the superbly talented Sheena Dempsey.

It’s time to decide if you are Team Dave Pigeon or Team Mean Cat.


Justin helped to demystify the process of planning an event, giving me the confidence to deliver an author event I am proud of.

- Swapna Haddow