Monthly Archives: January 2013

‘…they could hardly kick the ball for nuts…’

I was featured in the Lincolnshire Echo last week. They were interested in a football report I’d uncovered in Lincoln Library about Nettie Honeyball and the British Ladies. As you’ll know if you’ve read my blog before (or my Girls … Continue reading

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Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman

I had Philip Pullman’s ‘Grimm Tales for young and old’ bought for me as a Christmas present. It’s a book to be savoured rather than devoured (i.e. it’s dark chocolate rather than Dairy Milk) and I rationed myself to two … Continue reading

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Just a reminder…

Just a reminder that there are still some ‘blockbusters’ left in town!

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Kensington

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is the wealthiest area of London.  Drayton Gardens, where I go to attend Society of Authors’ meetings, is situated here*, on what is officially the 7th most expensive street in England.  The walk … Continue reading

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Only Snow – a poem by Allan Ahlberg

I don’t think anything excites Brits, weather-wise, more than snow.  There’s a sense of awe and wonder when it first arrives – quickly followed by panic-buying and a media-frenzy that puts us to shame. I love this poem by Allan … Continue reading

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Patron of Reading update

Blimey. You appear on TV for two minutes and everything goes crazy!  Since BBC Wales Today and ITV Wales published clips of the Patron of Reading initiative last Friday I’ve been inundated for requests from people to find out more. … Continue reading

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A poem to celebrate the first snow of the year

Winterpoem (for Elizabeth) by Adrian Henri See the conquering hero winter comes Frost on the palmhouse windows mist covering the flowerbeds Swans somehow not frozen in their lakes Taking our walk instead in the city Out of the warm Neat … Continue reading

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On the telly…

Not one but two camera crews turned up to Ysgol Esgob Morgan on Friday to film Wales Minister for Education and Skills Leighton Andrews’ visit. Mr Andrews and his assistant, Ann Jones, had taken time out of their busy schedules … Continue reading

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Busy, busy, busy…

Yikes!  What’s going on?  So many schools are contacting me asking about  author visits. Maybe it’s everyone’s New Year’s Resolution to have one. I’m not complaining, mind you; the more the merrier. My first visit is this Friday to Ysgol … Continue reading

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Bravery is…

Did you watch the new TV series ‘Splash!’ on Saturday?  It’s a variant  of Strictly Come Dancing where celebrities perform something they’re not used to doing in front of a panel of ‘experts’ and, of course, the Viewers. At. Home. In … Continue reading

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