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 the school’s vast sports hall to hear us speak. As you can see, Tom and […]

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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 meeting children, stunning them with my brilliance, then coming home again. Today I’m driving to […]

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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 classic children’s books I’ve lost count so I’ll just mention Private Keep Out and Little […]

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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 get along well as they were forever interrupting each other (in the nicest possible way) […]

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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 things it can achieve. This may sound strange from someone who rarely describes the physical […]

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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 book. But no, the ticket was bought and I knew if I didn’t go I’d […]

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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 (right). It was a delight to be back at Sutton-on-Trent as this is where I used […]

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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! All the ensuing interest and publicity their participation in the  Finals next June will generate […]

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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 and evening and you get to sing the best assembly song ever. You know the one […]

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