Out now! Special 20th Anniversary Edition, with a new short story featuring the witch, Dragwena, Morpeth and many of your favourite characters.

Out now! The Special Edition, including a new story featuring the witch, Dragwena.

Resources for Schools


I have created a number of practical worksheets to inspire students and improve their skills. Copies of these are left with the school, regardless of the workshops I'm asked to run.

Example worksheets
Worksheet examples

Going Home - Discussion Guide

I’ve crafted a new and fun talk for years 3 to 7 about my novel GOING HOME, about four dogs stuck in a rescue centre.
I discuss the novel as well as my experiences of working with my own and Battersea dogs. This includes funny and poignant stories, and an exercise in imaginative thinking. 


Going Home - Word Search
GOING HOME - Word Search.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 336.0 KB
Going Home - Maze Puzzle
Going Home Mitch Maze.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 604.2 KB

The Winter Wolf

Here's a fairy tale in the Oscar Wilde tradition. I hope you enjoy it.

The Doomspell - Discussion Guide

The Doomspell - Sharpen your skills.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 108.8 KB

Chapter 1 read by Siân Phillips                           Artwork inspired by The Doomspell

Discussion Guide

Breathe: A Ghost Story by author Cliff McNish

Cliff in conversation with Philip Ardagh                             The Nightmare Passage

Discussion Guide

My U.S. publisher Carolrhoda have also produced an excellent guide for Savannah Grey .

Contact Form

If you would like me to come to your school, library or festival please email me to discuss fees and the kind of visit that will best suit you at cliffmcnish@hotmail.com


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A big thank you for working with the class of year 7’s on creative writing skills last week. They have come up with some wonderful pieces of work since your visit. Librarian, Downsend School, Leatherhead


You visited our school recently and we loved it so much we were hoping you might be interested in coming again. Librarian, SouthHampstead Junior School


The children loved every moment of itHead of English, St. Michael’s Primary School, Highgate


The whole year have had follow up lessons in story construction, which have been very effective with good outcomes. Quite frankly, we all enjoyed the day so much. You were wonderful. Head of English, Guilsborough School, Northampton.


It was great having you in school. The students have all been talking about your books. I would love to invite you back next year. Headmistress, Marner Primary School, Tower Hamlets