Monthly Archives: September 2010

Rishworth Rocks!

 Tom Plamer and I kicked off a new season of Reads United events at Rishworth School near Saddleworth and Halifax in Yorkshire yesterday. Y5/Y6 from surrounding primary schools (hello St John’s, Ripponden and Heathfield) and Y7 from Rishworth School came ot … Continue reading

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Put down the pen, get out the car keys…

 It’s time for the balancing act again – school visits and events v. writing. My job is, of course, to write but I also have to promote my books. For a children’s writer that means going into schools and libraries and … Continue reading

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Collingham’s Space Hoppers

                      I’ve had a great week. On Tuesday I met Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (see previous blog) on Thursday I had lunch with Gwen Grant, author of so many … Continue reading

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Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

  I am in awe!  Last night I went to a Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) meeting to hear Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell talk. The pair, best know for their Edge Chronicles series (http://www.stewartandriddell.co.uk/edge/) , were thoroughly engaging. They clearly … Continue reading

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Body Images

 I received this flyer in the post from Nottingham Theatre Royal the other day. It’s advertising the Alvin Ailey dance troupe from America. Isn’t the photograph astounding?  It amazes me the different forms the human body can take and the different … Continue reading

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Give us an ‘Ar’

htafc This is a Town report. Skip this piece if you were expecting something intelligent about writing… I must admit, I wasn’t keen on going to the match yesterday. I wanted to stay home and write because I’m feeling behind with my … Continue reading

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Sutton-on-Trent Space Hoppers

 I had a great morning helping to give out ‘Space Hop’ certificates to the pupils of Sutton-on-Trent Primary School. Just under a third of the school took part in the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge overseen by Sutton-on-Trent’s librarian Shirley Edson … Continue reading

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England Women through to Germany

 England Women beat Switzerland 3-2 (5-2 on agg) so we are through to the Finals in Germany next year. I really hope this will help promote my books – I mean the game.

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Big night for England Women…

  Good luck to the England Women’s football team tonight as they play Switzerland in the second leg of the World Cup Qualifiers. They won the first leg 2-0 and if they win tonight they’re through. Fingers crossed they do! … Continue reading

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Autumn days when the grass…

  Today I decided to swap leggings for black opaque tights which means it is officially autumn. This is where I miss being a teacher most; the Autumn Term. Everyone’s keen and eager. It’s still fairly light in the morning … Continue reading

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