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 Esgob Morgan Primary. Ysgol Esgob Morgan is the school where I’m patron of reading so it feels right to kick-start the year there. I’m going because the Wales Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, is dropping by to see what the initiative is all about. How fabulous is that! Rumour has it the TV cameras are going to be filming the visit, too. Now that’s scary. I’d better wear my best dress and not say anything stupid (easier said than done…)
Pupils and staff at Ysgol Esgob Morgan last year
Before that I’m heading to Lincoln to meet with Ed Grover, a journalist from the Lincolnshire Echo. The paper is running a piece about Nettie Honeyball, the pioneering woman who formed the first women’s football team in 1895. Over a period of about 18 months the team, the British Ladies (split into ‘North’ and ‘South’ toured the UK playing exhibition matches. They came to Lincoln City’s ground at Sincil Bank in April 1896. When I researched the match report recently I found it less than flattering about the British Ladies. Chauvinism was alive and well in 1895, that’s for sure.
The awe-inspiring Nettie Honeyball and the British Ladies
I mentioned Nettie Honeyball in my book Here Come the Girls. It also features Lincoln’s more up-to-date women players such as Courtney Limb and Olivia Leslie who are in the Lincoln City Ladies Centre of Excellence.
Courtney Limb, a striker with Lincoln Ladies’ Centre of Excellence
Back on Saturday. Mwah!