Good morning folks…

Happy Monday everyone. Hope you are feeling more like the guy on the left of my photo than the one on the right today!  I took this last week when I was in Old Trafford for the League 1 play-offs. I love the busy feel of the shot, don’t you? 

I’m heading off for Manchester again in a minute. Peter Evans at the National Football Museum has kindly allowed me to borrow the replica outfit Lily Parr would have worn when playing football. It’s going to be a great addition to my act in the forthcoming weeks of school visits.

   Early ladies’ football kit as modelled by my editor Annalie Grainger at the launch of Girls FC

It’s the start of a busy week for me. Tomorrow I’m going to Cambridge to have lunch with the delightful Adele Geras author of such amazing books as Troy, Ithaka and so many others I’d get RSI if I typed out all the titles she’s written. We’re talking prolific here. Adele’s always good fun and I’m looking forward to catching up with her.

After that it’s schools. On Wednesday I’m in Bedworth, Warwickshire.  I’ll be meeting pupils from Goodyers End Primary, Newdigate, St Francis and St Giles. The plan is to stun them all with my amazing Powerpoint Presentation on girls’ football and read extracts from a selection of titles in an inspirational manner. It would be rude not to, really.

On Thursday I’m in Kettering with the big kids of the Buccleuch Academy. I’ve heard great things about this place from Tommy Donbavand and Tom Palmer so I know they’re author-friendly.  Yo! 

Friday I actually get to do what I’m supposed to do which is write. I’m well on with Amy’s story in the Girls FC series. She’s a great character and so far so good on the story front here. I’ll download a picture of her for you when I find the jpeg on my computer…

So that’s my week as it stands at the moment. How’s yours looking?


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