Monthly Archives: October 2012

School librarians on the march…

I missed a chance to help school librarians yesterday and I feel so bad about it. I simply couldn’t get to London in time to do this:                   Illustrator Sarah McIntyre supporting … Continue reading

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Constable and Toop (book review)

I was absorbed by Gareth P Jones’ book The Considine Curse so when I found a new title on the bookshelves in Foyles, St Pancras, I bought it straight away. Boy, it’s a spooky one – perfect for this time … Continue reading

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Exclusive! New player joins the Parrs…

Have you ever wanted to be part of a book you’ve loved reading? Maybe sit next to Harry Potter in class?  Or solve a mystery with Sherlock Holmes?  Lizzie Craven, one of my top Girls FC fans, has  written a … Continue reading

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Well done, Emily!

Last week I helped judge the Reading Agency’s Story Lab writing competition. I am delighted to reveal that 9-year old Emily Culshaw was the overall winner. I hope she’s enjoying her new laptop!  Read Emily’s winning story, Red Man, Green … Continue reading

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The Reading Agency

Wow! Ysgob Esgob Morgan, the school where I’m patron of reading, was recognised for its achievement in the Summer Reading Challenge on the Reading Agency’s blog today. How utterly fabulous is that!  

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Here’s to the gatekeepers. Hip, hip…

Writers write ; it goes without saying. We bed down for months, even years, in our studies and sheds, in our cafés and cubbyholes, typing away, drafting and editing and drinking far too much coffee.         What … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Challenge: Sutton-on-Trent crowned Newark Champions

A few months ago I came up with a splendid idea. I’m always having splendid ideas; it can be a bit of a pain, to be honest. Anyway, you know how I’m always banging on about how I wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Story Lab: the grand final

It’s reassuring that despite Nintendo, X-box, video games and TV with hundreds of channels to choose from, creative writing is still a hugely popular activity among the under- 12s. Over 7,000 children participated in the Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge  … Continue reading

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Story Lab

I’m heading for London tomorrow. In the morning I’m meeting the folks at the Reading Agency on Farringdon Road. They’ve invited me in to help choose the winning stories from the Story Lab competition. Called Finish the Story, Share the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Un-Forgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

I visited the wonderful Children’s Bookshop in Huddersfield yesterday. If you’ve never been and you live locally you must pop in. It’s gorgeous.  The outside looks like a children’s bookshop should, with white bow windows and a door with a … Continue reading

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