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Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a… library?

Oh heck! And here was me thinking I’d start 2015 off quietly. On January 1st, while nibbling away at a chocolate Santa, I idly responded to this tweet from Essex Schools Library Services on ‘Essex’s smallest library in Arkesden?’:     I … 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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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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Books Not Cuts! The big march through Lincoln

It takes a lot to get a writer to leave the comfort of their imagination and go out into the real world but on Saturday I had no choice. I joined 400 other people from Lincoln on a protest march … Continue reading

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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.  She’s lived there for about twelve years now and I can see the attraction – the weather is wonderful.  I had to … Continue reading

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School librarians on the march…

I missed a chance to help school librarians yesterday and I feel so bad about it. I simply couldn’t get to London in time to do this:                   Illustrator Sarah McIntyre supporting … Continue reading

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Book Week 2012, Day 3: Prestatyn Library

Wednesday, October 3rd = Prestatyn Library. 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. First, the vibrant wall display … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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