Monthly Archives: February 2011

Children’s Laureate

In July we’ll have a new Children’s Laureate (voting closed yesterday). The position, founded by the charity Booktrust runs for two years. The role of the laureate is to champion children’s books and reading in general.  The Children’s Laureates we’ve had so far have been: Quentin Blake (1999-2001) Anne Fine Michael Morpurgo Jacqueline Wilson Michael Rosen Anthony Browne As well […]

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Thinking Time

The Thinker by Rodin Writers cannot write continuously; they need time to think.  Often, when I am stuck on a particular passage in a book I’ll switch off the computer and go do something else, the more ordinary the better. I’ll wash up, make the bed, check the post, peel potatoes for supper – anything. […]

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Happy Birthday Bart Simpson

image from Bart Simpson is 32 years old today. Can you believe it? It feels like only yesterday he was a little boy running round Springfield asking people to eat his shorts. Oh, wait – he still is. Happy birthday anyway, Bart. Thanks for the laughs.

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When will there be good news?

I’ve just come back from the gym. I’m not sure if I feel better or worse for my stint. I know my half hour on the cross trainer must have done me good physically but the jury’s out on my mental state. Why? Because at my gym it’s impossible to go on the cross trainer […]

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Kids in the (book) Corner

News today of the top ten most borrowed authors from libraries in 2010 and guess what? Seven out of ten were children’s writers. In your face, Martin Amis! Here’s the Top Ten: 1. James Patterson (US Crime/Thriller) 2. Daisy Meadows of the Rainbow Fairies series such as: Don’t know why I chose that particular one out of […]

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Michael Morpurgo

  image © Guardian blogs   Did you get chance to hear Michael Morpurgo’s  Dimbleby Lecture on the BBC earlier this week?  It was amazing. Speaking without notes throughout, Morpurgo talked about the rights of children. He spoke passionately about their rights to be safe, their rights to be heard and their rights to a decent and […]

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Edgar Mueller

My friend Janie sent me an email about this guy today – street pavement artist Edgar Mueller .  His website – like his 3D art – is under construction at the moment but just Google images for more amazing pictures. All the buildings on either side of the street are real – he uses his imagination […]


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Old Photographs

I love old photographs. As a little girl I’d spend hours with my grandma and great grandma looking through old family shots asking who so-and -so was and where the picture was taken and why. It’s no surprise that one of my interests now is in local history. I live in a village in Nottinghamshire and one of […]


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Does my ear look big in this?

Q: What do you call a deaf gorilla? A: Anything; he can’t hear you. I have worn glasses since I was 18 months old but now I have more ‘face furniture’ as John Hegley calls it. I need to wear a hearing aid. I first noticed I couldn’t hear properly during school visits. When children asked me […]

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I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie world

picture from The Local – Germany’s news in English Here we go here we go here we go… on the marketing front. Barbie have just brought out these two new dolls ahead of the Womens’ World Cup 2011 to be held in Germany this summer. To the left you see head coach of the German […]


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