Monthly Archives: January 2010

To IBBY with love…

Last year I had a request from Nikki Gamble, who helps run the fabulous and informative Write Away website (www.writeaway.org.uk), asking for a contribution towards the grand IBBY auction of 2012. IBBY (International Board for Books for Young People) was … Continue reading

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Bravery

After posting yesterday’s piece on  Miep Gries I’ve been thinking about bravery. I write about bravery a lot. Nika’s story, ‘What’s Ukrainian for Football’ is about bravery.  In it, Nika re-tells the true story of FC Start, a Ukrainian football … Continue reading

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Miep Gies (1909-2010)

I was delighted to read of the death yesterday of Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who helped to hide the Frank family and friends in a secret annexe during World War Two. I was delighted because she lived to be … Continue reading

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Winter draw(er)s on…

Are you sick of the snow yet?  No, me neither.

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Futility

As a writer, I am sometimes asked by journalists, publishers or bloggers to list my favourite things. Books, films, paintings and so on. I always find this difficult, if not impossible. How can I name one painting out of all … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Guess how old this little girl is. Go on, guess. She’s two. TWO! She’s called Savanha and was posing for a children’s beauty pageant in Nashville, Tennessee.  I’m sorry but her parents should be taken outside and slapped hard. What … Continue reading

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Winter Morning

Winter Morning Winter is the king of showmen, Turning tree stumps into snowmen And houses into birthday cakes And spreading sugar over lakes. Smooth and clean and frosty white, The world looks good enough to bite. That’s the season to … Continue reading

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Public Lending Right (library books)

Accidental Friends at #1 23,241 UK writers are happy today.  That’s because their PLR (Public Lending Right) summaries have arrived, telling them how many of their books were borrowed from participating authorities in the past year. For every library book … Continue reading

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Which football teams do children’s writers support?

As you might have guessed by now, I support Huddersfield Town AFC, as does Patrick (Star Trek) Stewart and David (The Damned United) Peace. Michael Hardcastle MBE, one of the earliest children’s authors to write football stories, is also a … Continue reading

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How to write a bestseller…

There was an interesting article in The Times 2 yesterday about how to write a bookclub bestseller. It was written by ‘the most powerful woman in publishing’ Amanda Ross, founder of the Richard and Judy bookclub. Here are her tips: … Continue reading

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