Monthly Archives: July 2011

We’re the Dream Team – a review

  There’s a fab review by children’s writer Adele Geras of  my Girls FC book We’re the Dream Team, Right? on a new review website called awfullybigreview  It’s rare to have a review of a book within a series – usually the first one is reviewed and that’s the last you hear. I’m chuffed Adele, who […]

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Summer time…

Schools out! Hurray! Everyone knows the best adventures  happen during the long summer holidays, right?  Tomorrow you’ll be out in the countryside exploring with your friends and you’ll happen upon a secret hiding place with a strange looking chest hidden behind a rock and it will all kick off… Well, maybe not. This isn’t the […]


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Amy Minter (Girls FC #11)

This is Amy Minter one of the characters from my Girls FC series. I am working on her story at the moment. Can you tell what she’s like from Sonia Leong’s drawing?  I think you can!  

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Claires Court College Leavers’ Service

Jolly: joyful, jovial, festive, delightful. Sorry to go all Enid Blyton on you but I think ‘jolly’ best sums up my day in Maidenhead yesterday where I was invited to give a speech at the Y6 Leavers’ Service. The librarians who greeted me, Paula and Felicity, were jolly. The four house captains who entertained me at lunchtime (hello […]


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Claires Court Schools Maidenhead

Tomorrow is my last school visit of the academic year. I’ll be heading down to London and out again to Maidenhead to meet the pupils at Claires Court College. It’s their Y6 Leavers’ Service and I’ve been invited to give a speech and hand out the prizes.  Exciting or what?  I’d better think of some good […]


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A Funeral

I attended my friend Bohdan’s funeral yesterday. I had known him for many years and he helped me greatly with my book ‘What’s Ukranian for Football?’  The funeral was a sad occasion but it was  an uplifting one too. Bohdan was born in England but both his parents were from Ukraine and he had a Ukrainian soul. It followed then […]


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Poor old England!

    After a thrilling game that went to extra time and a penalty shoot out England lost to France in the quarter finals of the World Cup. Even more of a shock was Germany losing to Japan. That wasn’t meant to happen! Read my fuller blog on

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Selby High School

   First of all apologies for the late posting of this blog. It was thundering and lightning all evening so I daren’t switch on my computer. That’s how they die! Trust me, I’ve learned that one from experience. The other thing I’ve learned from experience is that I can tell what sort of a school […]

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Nottingham Girls’ High School

On to 9 Arboretum Street in the heart of Nottingham today where I met all the girls from Y7,6 and 5 at Nottingham Girls’ High School. They were a delightful bunch and it was wonderful to catch up with a couple of the girls who’d helped me with ‘Can’t I just Kick it?’ when they were […]


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Come on England!

Congratulations to England women’s football team. They beat the much favoured Japan last night to qualify for the quarter finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Fabulous goals by Ellen Smith and Rachel Yankey.

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