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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Ma’am to rhyme with Jam

Guess where I was on Tuesday? Only having tea with the queen! image ©ilfordtown.co.uk  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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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). … Continue reading

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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  … Continue reading

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