Monthly Archives: June 2012

Dear Helena…

I had a bumper batch of beautifully written letters from Y5 and Y6 at Crofton Junior School this week. It’s plain to see they’ve all put  an enormous effort into composing them:   Unfortunately it’s impossible for me to reply … Continue reading

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West End Middle School, Cleckheaton

  I visited West End Middle School in Cleckheaton yesterday. I’m so sorry my camera isn’t working or I would have taken photos for you. I would have taken pictures of the Victorian terrace houses sloping down the hill from … Continue reading

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Book Signing with the Crewe Crew

Me with Lizzie Craven, future England and Everton Ladies goalkeeper I launched ‘Do Shinpads Come in Pink?’ yesterday at Waterstones in Crewe. Why Crewe and not somewhere nearer to home or a bit more glamorous (no offence, Crewe) I hear … Continue reading

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Book Signing: Waterstones, Crewe

  I’ll be signing copies of my new book, Do Shinpads Come in Pink? at the Crewe branch of Waterstones  tomorrow (June 23rd) from 11.00 – 2.00 It would be great to see anyone from the Crewe area there. I’ll … Continue reading

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It’s grand over in Andover … Portway Junior (Author Visit)

photograph ©Portway Junior School website I visited Portway Junior School in Andover, Hampshire, yesterday. You know you are in for a good author visit when the school notice board is full of photographs like this one (above) of children having fun, … Continue reading

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Headline: Monster wins book prize…

I was at the Oscars yesterday. Yeah, baby. The OSCARS!!!  I don’t mean these Oscars:   And I don’t mean I flew out to : But for children’s writers, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards amounts to the … Continue reading

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School Visit: Crofton Junior School, Wakefield

I was honoured to kick-start book week at Crofton Junior School today. What a delightful school. The assembly was all about their Read-athon, which is a bit like the heptathlon but the target is to read 7 books, rather than participate in 7 athletic events. I … Continue reading

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Do Shinpads Come In Pink? Girls FC 11

Presenting Ms Amy Minter. She’s, like, soooo happy to be out in book form to tell her story. It’s taken forev-a for her turn buy hey, she’s here now and raring to go. Here’s the story so far:  The thing is, … Continue reading

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Matti’s mesostic poem…

Matti is a Y3 pupil at Ysgol Esgob Morgan. He’s been writing to me all through half-term and I love hearing from him. Here’s his mesostic poem; bet you can’t guess what Matti’s favourite TV programme is?   tennanT Aliens … Continue reading

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Is your teacher a secret writer?

I used to be a teacher. I taught for over twenty years, on and off, between 1978 and 2000. I taught in primary, middle and secondary schools of all shapes and catchment areas. I taught English, geography, maths, RE, PE… you name it, … Continue reading

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