Monthly Archives: March 2010

The art of blogging

Rhiannon Lassiter, Mary Hoffman and your chairperson for the evening, Helena Pielichaty I was in London again yesterday for a CWIG meeting (CWIG stands for Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group).  After the committee meeting there is a talk for members and yesterday’s was about blogging. I chaired the meeting and introduced the two speakers, Rhiannon […]

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Cover competition for 7-12 year olds

One for budding artists out there. The Times newspaper is running a competition for children aged 7-12 to design a new cover for Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic book ‘The Secret Garden’.  The cover has to be on A4 paper without any writing – just the drawing.  Random House publishers are giving away a £100 of […]


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Branston Community College, Lincoln

creative minds at work What better way to spend a wet Monday afternoon in March than with a group of receptive, keen and thoroughly pleasant Y7s?  Their English teacher, Ms Andrew, had invited me in as a reward to the group for raising money for charity by doing a ‘Readathon.’  I quite liked being a […]


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Girls who play football…

Three girls from the Woodside team participating in the ESFA football tournament I’ve been thinking about yesterday’s tournament and how great it was to see the girls’ games being taken as seriously as the boys’ games being played alongside them.  There was no difference in the coaching and tactics being shouted by the managers from […]

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ESFA South-East Regional U11s Finals March 27th

Late for a terribly important date… I had a wee bit further to travel for this weeks’ regional English Schools’ FA tournament. London. The Marathon Sports Ground to be precise. Well, not that precise. There were two of them, apparently, and the one I was dropped off at wasn’t it.  Anyhow, half an hour later […]

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Come on you Barnby Road Blues!

A room full of readers! Here’s a sight to gladden the heart. I gave an assembly at Barnby Road Primary School in Newark this morning and asked ‘How many of you like reading?’  The response was fabulous. I think nearly every hand was raised.  It is not always the case when I go into schools, […]

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early example of editing c. 1988. This was the first draft of a short story for teenagers called ‘The Bogs.’ One of the hardest things for the novice writer is learning how to edit. Often, the person is reluctant to change a thing.  This is understandable when you have spent weeks, months or even years […]

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Children’s books that have influenced me: Part 2 – my teaching years

The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler by Gene Kemp I began teacher training college in 1972. Yikes!  Believe it or not, English wasn’t my main subject, it was Environmental Studies. However, because I was training as a primary school teacher, we all had to do in-depth courses in English and maths.  I remember very early […]

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Never judge a book by its cover.. or its width!

Girl Reading by Jessie Willcox Smith You know how sometimes someone says something and you can’t let it go?  You keep going over and over the conversation in your head, getting more and more wound up?   In the end you tell yourself to stop being silly and to get a grip but the words are […]

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English Schools’ FA U11s Girls’ Midlands Final

Walker Books have sponsored the English Schools’ FA U11s Girls’ competition. As part of that sponsorship, I get to watch the regional finals. This week’s was the Midlands heat, held in Nottingham. It was windy. It was wet. It was seven miles to the toilet block. None of that mattered in the end – not […]

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