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Sunday, 13 October 2013

I wrote a book!

This year I've not only been speaking at events, attending meetings on the new curriculum, working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to create a scheme of work, creating videos for @GeekGurlDiaries, helping to run CAS #include, and my doing my day job - teaching, I've also written a book!

Adventures In Raspberry Pi is a tech book designed for teenagers new to Raspberry Pi, Linux, programming and electronics. It is a full colour guide to get youngsters started in a creative and fun way.

That was the idea anyway! I felt that may of the books and tutorials available for the Pi assumed some prior knowledge, and were hindering getting young people started or keeping them enthused. I hoped that my book would go back to basics and point young people and novices in the right direction.

It is due for release on 22nd November 2013, just in time for Christmas! You can get a copy from amazon both in the UK and US.

Adventures include:

  • Getting set up and started with hardware & software
  • Using Linux (both command line and GUI)
  • Programming in Scratch
  • Creating graphics with turtle
  • Programming in Python
  • Programming Minecraft Pi
  • Creating music with Sonic Pi
  • Using GPIO and basic electronics
  • A final big project
  • Where to go to learn more

Hope you enjoy it.


  1. Just wanted to say thank you very much. I am using you as a role-model to try and encourage some girls to join my newly formed Raspberry Pi club at our school. I showed many of my classes your Intro to Pi video, and I'm sure I'll be "borrowing" many of your ideas.

    How you manage to all this work and your regular job astounds me?! The Raspberry Pi is currently monopolising most of my free periods, but writing a book??

    Keep up the great work. You're doing some inspirational stuff.
    Mr Jackson

    1. Thank you. Comments like this make all the hard work worth while.

  2. Stick in that Amazon affiliate link! :)

  3. Congrats on the book! It's been a long time since we met at the Raspberry Pi jams in London.

    I hope you hard work inspires not just the young to pick up the Pi!

    1. Thank you. It has been some time and how far I've come thanks to people like you supporting me in the early days.