Monthly Archives: September 2012

New voting buttons: Who is your favourite character?

One of the questions I am asked a lot on school visits is who is my favourite character. I always say this is a bit like asking a mum or dad who their favourite child is – there’s no real answer.  All my characters are my favourites – at the time of writing, anyway.  In […]

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Win a signed set of Girls FC books

Don’t miss the chance to win a full set of my Girls FC books. They’re signed, too!   The competition in the recent issue of She Kicks     All you have to do is tell She Kicks magazine what the name of your fictional girls’ football team would be. Mine’s the Parrs, named after […]

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Allan Ahlberg

Did I mention I had the honour of introducing Allan Ahlberg at the Joined-Up Reading Conference on Sunday? What? Only A MILLION TIMES? Well, what do you expect?  To put how much that meant to me in to perspective, here is my list of children’s authors who have significantly affected my life: 1. Maxim Gorky   […]

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More from the Joined-Up Reading Conference

Here’s a few more pics for you from the Joined – Up Reading Conference (see yesterday’s blog, too):   Here I am with Miriam Halahmy, YA fiction writer. Nice plug on the book there, Miriam! #pro Bali Rai, Sarah McIntyre (holding Allan Ahlberg’s bear – don’t tell him), me, Nicola Smee (all CWIG committee members […]


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Joined-Up Reading

I’m busily preparing for the Joined- Up Reading Conference at Reading this weekend.   ‘Goose’ illustration by super-talented CWIG committee member Nicola Smee. ©Nicola Smee   The conference is being hosted by the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group, a branch of the Society of Authors. Somehow – and I’m still not sure how this happened – […]

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I’ve just spent five days in Dubrovnik, Croatia, with Mr P. I’ve never been to Croatia before but I would definitely go again. The climate is wonderfully warm and the long Dalmatian coastline  makes it a perfect holiday destination. Dubrovnik itself is a beautiful old walled city and deserves its status as a World Heritage […]

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Premier League Reading Stars

I was in London earlier this week on a ‘training day’ for the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars Challenge.     The purpose of the challenge is  to motivate children to read for pleasure using football as the spur. Schools, libraries, youth groups etc from all over England can participate. They receive a pack […]

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So sorry if you’ve been wondering where my blog has been. I was hacked. I’m nonplussed as to why anyone would want to hack a children’s writer’s blog but then I get nonplussed about many things. At the moment I’m nonplussed about why a country (Pakistan) might want to arrest and possibly pronounce a death […]

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