Monthly Archives: May 2010

Everyone wants to be a writer…

the romance of writing During the Q and A session on a school visit last week, a teacher stuck her hand up. ‘I just wanted you to tell the children that, if they worked hard enough, they could all become … Continue reading

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The Singh Twins

I visited the National Portrait Gallery in London on Thursday. I am always grateful that places like this are free so that anyone, regardless of income, can enjoy them. Amrit and Rabindra Singh, known as the Singh twins, have an … Continue reading

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Warning! Reading can put you off eating chicken

Two Caravans Fiction can do lots of things. It can inspire, enlighten, empower and stimulate us. It can make us laugh. It can make us cry. And it can put you off eating chicken. I don’t know whether Marina Lewycka’s … Continue reading

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Birmingham Young Readers

No flights for my school visit this week. Instead, I had a straightforward train journey to Birmingham New Street. Here I was picked up by my librarian minder of the day, Debbie, and driven to Ladywood Library for the first … Continue reading

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Kiev part 2: football

One of the main things I wanted to see in Kiev was the statue to the four Dynamo Kiev/FC Start players who were executed by the Nazis during WW2. Unfortunately my tour guide, Helen, had no knowledge of where it … Continue reading

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Kiev

To say that the country of Ukraine has undergone many changes is an understatement. Its history has been defined by its geography, overshadowed as it is by its neighbours of Russia to the east, Germany and Poland to the west … Continue reading

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Pechersk School International, Kyiv

Pechersk School International Hello! Back safe and sound from Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, where I was visiting pupils at Pechersk School International. I am still amazed that the visit went ahead as on the morning of our flight the … Continue reading

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Kiev here I come… I hope

I am excited and not just because Huddersfield Town are in the play offs and my new book So What if I Hog The Ball? came out last week. I’m excited because on Sunday I fly to Kiev, the capital … Continue reading

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Exeter

We woz ‘ere! I spent the weekend in Exeter, Devon. Not because of a school visit which seems to be the only time I go anywhere interesting but because: a) I’ve never been b) Huddersfield Town were playing against Exeter … Continue reading

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Alan Sillitoe 1928-2010

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning It was my first night in Northern Ireland and I was in my dimly lit hotel room feeling glum because no wifi meant that I couldn’t check my emails and the karaoke singer in the … Continue reading

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