Monthly Archives: June 2011

Au Revoir Simone

So the big news today is that my book Love Simone XXX (2007) the bind-up formerly known as  Simone’s Letters (1998) Simone’s Diary (2000) and Simone’s Website(2002) is out of print. It is no more. It is an extinct title. … Continue reading

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Binley Woods Primary School

 Another day, another school visit.  The Year 5 and 6 classes at Binley Woods Primary School near Coventry to be exact.  It was just for one session which is great in one way as it meant I could get home and … Continue reading

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City of Leicester College

I’d forgotten the joy that is teaching in a mobile classroom at the height of summer!  I felt so sorry for the Gifted and Talented groups I met today having to sit through the whole day in the oppressive heat. … Continue reading

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Poppies

   I took this photograph yesterday on the way back from my school visit in Bleasby. I love all the poppies and wild flowers that are in the fields at the moment. I wanted to find an appropriate verse but most poppy poems are … Continue reading

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Bleasby Primary School

KS2 pupils at Bleasby Primary School, Nottinghamshire I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been with my school visits recently.  Today was another corker with a great bunch of kids and staff who couldn’t do too much for me. I’ve rarely … Continue reading

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Kettering Kits

I had a whole set of  stylish ideas for new girls football kits sent through the post by Kettering Buccleuch’s ace school librarian Lucy Georgeson this week. The Y7s have certainly put a lot of thought into the designs. If these were ever … Continue reading

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Crofton High School, Wakefield

I was in Crofton today for a Reads United event with Tom Palmer. The first thing he did was nick my newspaper to use for his Football Reading Game. I wouldn’t have minded but I hadn’t even read it. They … Continue reading

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Grantham Library

I was invited to meet children from local schools in Grantham Library today as part of the Cultural Olympiad Inspired Programme that various regions throughout England are running ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Grantham, a town off the A1 famous for being … Continue reading

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Julia Donaldson the new Children’s Laureate

Congratulations to Julia Donaldson who was announced as the Children’s Laureate for 2011-2013 this week. Even though I voted for Alan Gibbons she’s a good choice, I think. Her contribution to children’s literature is outstanding. To have written a classic … Continue reading

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How ace are these?

photographs from my school visit to Kettering Buccleuch yesterday kindly sent to me by Lucy Georgeson the librarian. Wish I could do clever stuff with a camera!

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