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Part 2 of The Day Huddersfield Town Beat Manchester United

Part 2 of this almost true story   At half past two, way earlier than normal, Grandma and Grandad decided to take their seats in the stand. Grandma headed for the stairwell but Grandad put his hand on her coat. … Continue reading

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The Day Huddersfield Town Beat Manchester United – part 1

The Day Huddersfield Town beat Manchester United based on a mainly true story When I was little, my grandparents used to look after me twice a week while my mum and dad were at work. I loved going to their … Continue reading

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This is the Boot – a poem for Huddersfield Town

This is the Boot This is the boot The amazing boot That kicked the ball And scored the goal that won the match at Wembley. This is the player The amazing player Who filled the boot That kicked the ball … Continue reading

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Patron of Reading 5 years on…

Five years ago, on May 4th 2012, I visited Ysgol Esgob Morgan Primary School (now Ysgol Esgob Morgan Church in Wales School) for the first time as its Patron of Reading. This brilliant initiative was first mooted by the dynamic … Continue reading

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Empathy Lab and Black Dots

I attended a conference yesterday for Empathy Lab, the new organisation using books to help children understand about empathy. One of the speakers was Prof. Robin Banerjee of the University of Sussex. He’s done a lot of work exploring the … Continue reading

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One Club, One Community

In 2000, Roy Keane, then captain of Manchester United, famously lambasted the club’s fans for their poor support during a match against Dynamo Kiev. His anger was particularly directed at the ‘men in suits’ up in the corporate seats who ‘…can’t … Continue reading

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Carnegie Medal Longlist Controversy

I was once nominated for the Carnegie medal; it was back in 1999 for Simone’s Letters. I can’t tell you how delighted I was – the Carnegie Medal was the children’s book award as far as I was concerned and to be nominated … Continue reading

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Pinsky Press

Did I tell you about my exciting start to 2017? I’ve only gone and become a publisher, haven’t I?  Only a teeny-tiny one, specifically for one title but hey – full marks for enterprise, right?  I have called myself  Pinksy Press and the website is … Continue reading

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The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist is children’s picture book writer and artist Laurence Alholt’s first novel for young adults. You can’t tell. Rather than his first, it has the assured style of someone who has been writing for this age range for years. The Hypnotist … Continue reading

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Blog for New Teachers Part #2: Class Readers

Here’s the thing. I taught for seven years full-time and a further thirteen years part-time. I taught in junior schools and secondary schools. I taught in small village primaries and huge city secondary schools. I had good classes and awkward … Continue reading

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