Monthly Archives: October 2009

Spooky Tales for Halloween

I don’t remember celebrating Halloween when I was little. I remember Mischief Night on November 4th where you went round daring each other to knock on a door and then you’d run like the clappers in case someone actually answered but Halloween?  Not so much. I blame the Americans, especially that Bart Simpson. But Halloween […]

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Should books by celebrities be allowed on the bookshelves?

I’ve just come across a piece on the Bookseller magazine’s website about crime writer Lynda La Plante. Apparently she has criticized books ‘written’ by such celebrities as Katie Price at an awards ceremony.  ‘Publishers stop spending your millions on this tripe!’ she is said to have begged. A big part of me agrees with her. […]

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Reads United event at Grieve Primary School

Grieve Primary School We are the champions! So on to sunny Stockport for this week’s school visit. Sue Steele, who runs Simply Books, an award winning independent book shop in Bramhall, Cheshire, invited Tom and me to do a Reads United event at Grieve Primary. Wow! Did the school go to town or what?  First […]

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North Wales October 16th – Conwy

Having gone to the pictures at Llandudno Junction the night before to see Pixar’s outstanding new film UP I was on a high for my final day in Wales (high – gerrit?).   Anyhow, the day was hectic but in a good way.  Hello to all the cheeky chappies at Ysgol San Sior and Morfa Rhiannedd. […]

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Thursday October 15th – Corwen and Llangollen

My final day in Denbighshire. After a breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast and a chat to a nice guy about the history of Sheffield FC (the oldest football club in the world) I was picked up by my librarian of the day, Carys Harries, and driven to Corwen. Corwen was different from Ruthin in […]

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North Wales – October 14th, Ruthin and Rhuddlan Libraries

Sometimes I forget how many books I’ve written so it took me by surprise when I walked into Ruthin Library and saw them displayed on this rather arresting brown marble mantel piece in the meeting room. I was especially chuffed to see the Welsh versions of Starring Sammie (Stori Sami) and Starring Brody (Stori Jes). […]

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Denbigh Libraries Visit – part 2 – Ysgols Esgob Morgan, Faenol and Melyd

Ask any children’s writer about school visits and they will tell you that every time they meet a new class they take a deep breath and think: ‘OK, what’s this session going to be like? What awaits me?  Do the kids have a clue why they’re here?  Have the staff built up the event?  Will […]

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Denbigh Libraries Visit – part one – location

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That was a busy week that was!

How busy?  I’m going to have to get one of those t shirts printed with tour dates on the back.  It would read: October 6th Christ the King School, Motherwell. Starring P4 and 5s from Christ the King with special guests from Holytown Primary. Special thanks go to Theresa the secretary for ordering the school […]

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October 5-9th is Book Week and I’ll be in bonny Scotland…

I’m heading north for the Catalyst Book Award hosted by North Lanarkshire Libraries for Book Week.  I’m delighted to say that my teen book, Accidental Friends, has been short-listed for this award alongside titles by Theresa Breslin, Garry Kilworth and Simon Morden.  I doubt that Accidental Friends will win – it’s probably a bit too […]

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