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New football season

How did your team do last week? Or do you support someone in the Premier League, so your first match is tomorrow?  I went to the opening match of Huddersfield Town v Brentford and it was excellent. Apart from winning … Continue reading

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In, out, shake it all about…

I’ve been going through a ‘funny phase’ as my old mum would say. One where I’m not sure what direction I want my career to take. At 60, I’m technically old enough to retire but writers never retire; the urge to … Continue reading

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Suffragette

I think the first time I heard about suffragettes was when I was nine and went to see Mary Poppins at a cinema in Leeds.  In the story (you all know the story, right? Based on PJ Travers’ book of the same … Continue reading

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March 5th World Book Day

This is the week schools, bookshops and libraries everywhere are gearing up to celebrate World Book Day  .   I’ll be spending it in Huddersfield again this year with the Huddersfield Town Foundation. The Town Foundation is a charity which raises money to support … Continue reading

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The Terrible Thing…

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this book yet! What was I thinking? I found The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brockett by John Boyne with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers, on my son’s bookshelves (my son has excellent … Continue reading

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Where did you get that hat? Summer Reading Challenge

Give us an ‘S’. Give us an ‘R’. Give us a ‘C’. What have you got? SRC… which everyone knows stands for the Summer Reading Challenge. Yes, the Summer Reading Challenge, the Reading Agency’s simple-yet-genius idea to keep children’s reading … Continue reading

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The Art of Silent Reading

Back in the days of yore, when whiteboards and mobile phones were the stuff of science-fiction and everyone had permed hair, I was a teacher. I taught in a variety of schools; secondary, middle and primary. I taught high school children from affluent towns … 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 – Huddersfield here I come!

I’ve got a school visit with a difference for World Book Day this year. I’m a prize!  As you may recall, I was invited to be a patron of the Huddersfield Town Foundation back in October. Now, unlike the other … Continue reading

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Brand new Girls FC story

I bring you double cartwheel-worthy news! I am writing a brand new Girls FC story. This one won’t be in paperback form but will be part of the Premier League Reading Stars package schools can buy. My story (as yet … Continue reading

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