Monthly Archives: October 2013

And the winner is…

Congratulations to 10 year old Caitlin from Leeds, winner of this year’s Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge Finish the Story competition. I was delighted to be part of the judging panel and can honestly say her story, which continued Charlie Higson’s opening, ticked all the … Continue reading

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Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle

This is the place to go if you love children’s books. It’s called Seven Stories (because it’s in a building seven storeys high) and is situated on the outskirts of Newcastle-upon- Tyne. Dedicated entirely to children’s books, it houses some … Continue reading

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Mr Gaiman’s Obligations

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Reading Agency’s annual lecture at the Barbican in London yesterday. Neil Gaiman was the guest speaker and he was every bit as erudite and inspirational as you’d expect from one of … Continue reading

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Meet Huddersfield Town Foundation’s newest patron – me!

OK. So what have the following people got in common?               Ed Clancy, Olympic gold medallist (cycling)               Andrew Gale (captain of Yorkshire Cricket Club)       … Continue reading

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Denbighshire Book Week…

Book Week in Denbighshire was wonderful. I had three days of meeting super librarians like these:                   The irrepressible Bethan Hughes, Services Manager of Denbighshire Library Services               … Continue reading

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Happy Book Week

Croeso! Welcome! It’s Book Week. I’m all packed and ready to go to Denbighshire in North Wales for three days of library visits.                   Reading extracts from my books is an important part … Continue reading

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Hull and Hat

I visited two more schools in Hull yesterday. Foredyke Primary in the morning and Southcoates Primary in the afternoon. In between I bought a hat!                     Miss Watson’s Y6 class at … Continue reading

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Eastfield and Oldfleet

I drove over the Humber Bridge yesterday for two school visits courtesy of Hull Schools Library Service. The bridge is an imposing structure and there’s something  grand about entering a region over a long stretch of water; it’s rather like a … Continue reading

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