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January Kickaround

I’m stoked that ‘Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?’ is featured in the January (issue 7) edition of Kickaround magazine, an offshoot of When Saturday Comes. Thank you to Walker Books for getting the book included and good luck to the team at Kickaround – I hope the magazine is a huge success. Check out the other […]

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Red Line Book Festival here I come

I’m looking forward to appearing at the Red Line Book Festival next week. Apart from the fact it is being held in one of the greatest cities in the world – Dublin – and hosted by the greatest people in the world – librarians – I get to meet two authors for the first time. […]

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BAME Characters in Children’s Books

A recent study called ‘Reflecting Realities’ by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) found that of all the children’s books published last year in the UK (9,115), only 4% featured characters from a BAME (Black or minority ethnic) background. This is a remarkably low figure, given that the report also states that 32% of […]

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Great School Libraries Campaign

We didn’t have a school library at my junior school. We had teachers who read to us (Stig of the Dump, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being two books I vividly remember) but  actual books that I could take home to read came from across the road at Garforth Library. We’re not talking about […]

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News just in: Top Retailer Stocks Book by Top Author

So there I was looking for a new kettle in Sainsbury’s when guess what? I only spotted ‘Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras? on a World Cup book display (I think such displays are called ‘dump bins’ – I don’t know why – it’s not like the books are just dumped there, right?). Anyway, I’m over the […]

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World Cup 2018

It’s here! The 2018 World Cup! Did you see the Portugal v Spain match? Wasn’t it amazing – a ‘classic clash’ as the Guardian called it. Tonight England play their first qualifying match against Tunisia. There’s lots of talk about how sad it is there won’t be many England fans in the stadium to cheer […]

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Record crowd at Women’s FA Cup Final 2018

It was great to see the attendance at the Women’s FA Cup Final on 5th May was a record-breaking 45,423. That’s a massive achievement considering attendance had slumped to 4,988 in 2013.Someone on Twitter sneered that he didn’t see what all the fuss was about – Wembley was still only half full and the FA […]

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Dear Millicent Fawcett (Suffragist)

Dear Millicent Fawcett, First of all, huge congratulations on becoming a statue! And in Parliament Square, of all places. How does it feel to be immortalized in bronze? You were on a postage stamp once, too, but a statue – well, that’s a real mark of recognition, isn’t it? It took long enough – I […]

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Patron of Reading 6 years on

May saw the 6th anniversary of the Patron of Reading initiative.  Of all the reading ventures and ideas around, Patron of Reading has to be one of the easiest, cheapest and most rewarding to initiate. The genius idea of headteacher Tim Redgrave of teaming up a school with its own author has grown and grown. […]

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Bookshop signing Saturday May 26th

Bookshops come in many shapes and sizes. Some are vast, ultra modern spaces covering several floors, others are small and quirky with fusty smelling rooms and books piled waist-high in random places. There’s one in Retford, Nottinghamshire, that’s a wee bit different from all the rest. Called the Barrister’s Book Chamber, it is run by […]

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