Monthly Archives: May 2012

Going up, up, up

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to blog about one of the best days ever but I’m still in a trance. Last Saturday, May 28th, Huddersfield Town met Sheffield United in the League 1 Play-Off Final. The Play-Offs, for those of you who don’t follow football, are the FA’s way of deciding which team […]

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The Poets of Esgob Morgan

Do you remember that I told you I’d been made Patron of Reading at Ysgol Esgob Morgan Juniors in St Asaph? Well, some of the Y3s responded to my blog on mesostic poems and have written their own: Dancing rOtating roUnd suGary squasHy amaziNg sUperb tasTe by Billy   drIps Cornet honEy peaCh cRunchy lEmon […]


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Ma’am to rhyme with Jam

Guess where I was on Tuesday? Only having tea with the queen! image ©  Yeah, baby. I was invited along with a couple of thousand other ‘subjects’ to attend one of her special Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace. I’d love to say I was asked because Her Majesty had read all my books and was a huge fan but […]


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I’m a celebrity – get me a book deal

There was a feature in this week’s Times Educational Supplement by Helen Ward about ‘celebrity -penned’ children’s books. The piece coincided with the  publication of Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo’s first book for teens, Itch.   I have no problem with Simon Mayo writing for children (or writing for anyone else for that matter). He has […]


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We’re on our way to Wembley…

Forget the Champions League and EURO2012. There’s only one big football match this season and it’s Huddersfield Town versus Sheffield United at Wembley on May 26th. Whoever wins will be promoted to the Championship in the npower League. That’s only one down from the Premiership. Bring it on! Now, for fans of both Yorkshire teams that […]


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Mesostic Poems

Poetry comes, like people, in many shapes and sizes. I loved these Mesostic poems I found in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park when I went to see the Miro exhibition a few weeks ago. The poems, all by Alec Finlay, celebrate nature. Displayed in a greenhouse, each poem has been ‘planted’ in a terracotta pot. Isn’t it […]


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Book Review: The Considine Curse by Gareth P. Jones

I bought the The Considine Curse from the Blackwell’s book tent in Oxford when I was at the Oxford Literary Festival in April. It had ‘Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012′ emblazoned in bright yellow on the cover. I knew my friend Linda Chapmanhad been one of the selectors of the shortlist so […]

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Ysgol Esgob Morgan: a school visit with a difference

Guess what? I’ve been chosen as Ysgol Esgob Morgan’s Patron of Reading. How absolutely awesome and fandabbydozy is that?  I reckon this is my greatest honour yet and I’ve been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, don’t you know (Simone’s Letters). Ysgol (that’s Welsh for ‘school’) Esgob Morgan is a junior school in St Asaph’s, North […]


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Book Review: Black Op by Tom Palmer

The National Trust has issued a list of 50 things kids should do before they are 12. They include rolling down a hill and flying a kite. The five children in Tom Palmer’s new series ‘The Sqaud’ would be in stitches; the  tasks they have to face include spying on the base of one of the world’s […]

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