Monthly Archives: November 2009

Goodbye Borders – I’ll miss you

How sad to hear that Borders, the US bookstore, is in receivership in the UK. I really liked Borders’ shops. I can remember the first one I ever went in was on Oxford Street in London. It was so huge!  … Continue reading

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A poem about libraries…

At a time when library services are being cut throughout the UK and professional school librarians replaced with ‘helpers’ this poem written by Gwen Grant is a timely reminder of how important – no – vital – libraries are to … Continue reading

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Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

Thank you so much to Leicestershire County Council Library Services for choosing ‘Do Goalkepeers Wear Tiaras?’ as one of their November Books of the Month.  Recommended for 8 + the review reads: ‘A great start to a new football series … Continue reading

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Six Scattered Authors…

Six members of the SAS (Scattered Authors’ Society) invaded the Borders bookshop in Leicester today.  The children’s section will never be the same again!  Children, teachers and parents flocked round to meet Leila Rasheed, Pippa Goodhart, David Calcutt, Susan Price, … Continue reading

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Northern Children’s Book Festival: Middlesbrough

I was met at Middlesbrough Station by my librarian escort for the day, Michelle Mollan. Michelle was very sensibly carrying a copy of my book and a picture of me (the one where my face Iooks like I fell asleep … Continue reading

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The Northern Children’s Book Festival: South Tyneside

I have to admit, it didn’t start off well.  My journey to Hartlepool was grim, with delayed trains and missed connections and rain, rain, rain all the way.  I made it in the end though and the view over the … Continue reading

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Old Basford Primary School, Nottingham

Old Basford Primary and Nursery School isn’t in the plushest part of Nottingham but the children were as delightful as any I’d met.  A sea of blue and white in assembly made me feel instantly at home. It was like … Continue reading

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What’s Occuring? Forthcoming Events, signings etc…

I’ve almost finished my school visits for the year.  At the beginning of the week I’ll be in Old Basford, Nottingham working with KS2 pupils on ‘You are the Author.’  ‘You are the Author’ is based on a short story … Continue reading

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Town on the telly… I’ve just watched Town on the telly…

I’ve just watched Town on the tell- eeee … and we won six-nil.  That’s 6-0.  It could have been 10, we played so well.  Loads of accurate passing right across the width of the pitch resulting in so many attempts … Continue reading

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Whitechapel Middle School Goes Football mad

Just back from a fantastic day with the staff and Year Six pupils at Whitechapel Middle School in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire.  The headmaster, Mr Drapan, wanted a full-on day of  writing based on a football theme and guess what… he … Continue reading

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