Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Rights and Responsibilities of a Children’s Writer

On Saturday, March 29th, I appeared on a panel, alongside Bali Rai and David Belbin, at the Writers’ Conference (East Midlands). The topic was: ‘Writing for children and young adults –  a writer’s rights and responsibilities.’ This was the brief: ‘In the ever growing genre … Continue reading


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Book Thieves and White Dogs

I have recently read, and enjoyed, two books  set around World War II. The first was The Book Thief, Markus Zusak’s 2005’s international best seller. I hadn’t realised it was being made into a film until I saw a trailer … Continue reading

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Glorious Gateshead

So yesterday’s author visit was north – always a good thing. I was in Gateshead this time, having been recommended to Gateshead Library Services after my event delivering the Premier League Reading Stars scheme at St James’ Park back in … Continue reading


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Super Spalding!

Well, I began the week with a great author visit and I finished it with one. Yesterday entailed meeting head teacher Mr Rushton and staff and pupils at Spalding Parish C of E Day School. This large primary school in … Continue reading


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Pageturners Festival live from Cleckheaton and Brighouse

I had a cracking day yesterday with two schools as part of the Kirklees and Calderdale Schools’ Library Services Pageturners Festival. Thank you to  school librarians Amanda Raby, at Whitcliffe Mount, and Stephanie Cooper at Brighouse High (hiding at the … Continue reading


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World Book Day part 2: questions from Hillside Primary

Note to self: Stop setting challenges where you promise to give a book as a reward to anyone who meets that challenge. Either that or face bankruptcy. ‘I’ll give away a copy of ‘Football Mad’ to anyone who asks a question I’ve never been … Continue reading

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World Book Day with Huddersfield Town Foundation – part 1

I had a World Book Day with a difference this year. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I was a ‘prize’ for two schools in Huddersfield whose pupils had come up with the best caption about why the Town Foundation’s … Continue reading


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