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A library without a librarian is just a room

‘A library without a librarian is just a room.’ That was just one of the many memorable things children’s writer and libraries campaigner Alan Gibbons said during his talk at Lowdham Book Festival yesterday. It was the second time I’d heard Alan speak this week on the importance of libraries and literacy. iphone 7 bentoben […]

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What’s new?

As I mentioned in my previous blog I’ve been to Spain for a few days visiting my mum. iphone 6 shockproof phone case She’s lived there for about twelve years now and I can see the attraction – the weather is wonderful. I had to scrape ice off my car before I could drive to […]

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Do Shinpads Come In Pink? Girls FC 11

Presenting Ms Amy Minter. She’s, like, soooo happy to be out in book form to tell her story. It’s taken forev-a for her turn buy hey, she’s here now and raring to go. Here’s the story so far:  The thing is, Amy’s never really liked the whole football thing. Na-ah. It’s all a bit too – well […]

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Book Week 2012, Day 3: Prestatyn Library

Wednesday, October 3rd = Prestatyn Library. iphone 8 plus case pink and sparkly I didn’t get chance to look at the ceiling in their children’s area (cunningly separated from all the boring adults’ stuff downstairs) because I was mesmerised by two things. iphone 6 plus cases with light First, the vibrant wall display left over […]

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We’re on our way to Wembley…

Forget the Champions League and EURO2012. There’s only one big football match this season and it’s Huddersfield Town versus Sheffield United at Wembley on May 26th. Whoever wins will be promoted to the Championship in the npower League. That’s only one down from the Premiership. Bring it on! Now, for fans of both Yorkshire teams that […]

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Book Review: Martha and the Bunny Brothers (picture book)

OK. First we had Martha Reeves and the Vandellas:   Then we had Martha and the Muffins:   But best of all we now have:  Martha and the Bunny Brothers by Clara Vulliamy.   Like with Gillian Philip I follow Clara on Twitter. We once had a tweet-athon involving taking pictures of the knick-knacks we have on […]

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Anne Tyler

I’m so excited! I have just booked to go and hear one of my favourite authors speak at the Oxford Lit Fest next week. American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler is making a rare appearance and I have to go even though it means getting up at 6.00 am to arrive in Oxford […]

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Julia Donaldson the new Children’s Laureate

Congratulations to Julia Donaldson who was announced as the Children’s Laureate for 2011-2013 this week. Even though I voted for Alan Gibbons she’s a good choice, I think. Her contribution to children’s literature is outstanding. To have written a classic (The Gruffalo) is a commendation enough but her manifesto for her laureatship is impressive too. […]

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Miep Gies (1909-2010)

I was delighted to read of the death yesterday of Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who helped to hide the Frank family and friends in a secret annexe during World War Two. I was delighted because she lived to be 100 years old; delighted because she had such a long and, I hope, fulfilling life.  […]

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How to write a bestseller…

There was an interesting article in The Times 2 yesterday about how to write a bookclub bestseller. It was written by ‘the most powerful woman in publishing’ Amanda Ross, founder of the Richard and Judy bookclub. Here are her tips: 1. be original 2. don’t mention the war (too many war stories on the market) […]

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