Monthly Archives: February 2009

Ballymena continued…

Strange as it sounds, writing is only part of writer’s life. For children’s writers, library visits and school events are as important as publishing the books.   I average between twenty and  forty school visits a year.  Mostly I can get to the school and back home in a day but sometimes, like with my visit […]

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Ballymena Schools

I have just returned from three fabulous days of school visits in Ballymena. My thanks to the library services there for inviting me and looking after me so well.  Here are some pics to share: Y9 & Y10 pupils from various Ballymena schools at St Pius X

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The Ultimate Book Guide Launch

Do you know what? I’m not doing too bad for a girl who only got a grade 6 in GCE English Literature. That’s what I told myself last night anyway when I attended the launch to the updated edition of the Ultimate Book Guide.  If you haven’t come across this book in the reference section […]

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Reading Champions in Nottingham

Last October I was invited to speak at the launch of the Reading Champions initiative at the Nottingham Forest ground. Reading Champions was established by the Literacy Trust to encourage more boys to read. Ideas include using role models such as sports personalities to show what a cool thing reading is (for those who don’t […]

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Lighten up N’Zogbia

This week, Newcastle United footballer Charles N’Zogbia threatened to go on strike because his manager, Joe Kinnear insulted him by calling him ‘Insomnia’ in front of the nation on live TV. I watched that interview. What happened was Joe Kinnear, who, let’s face it, is no Barack Obama when it comes to speech-making,  became tongue-twisted. […]

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