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Only Snow – a poem by Allan Ahlberg

I don’t think anything excites Brits, weather-wise, more than snow. There’s a sense of awe and wonder when it first arrives – quickly followed by panic-buying and a media-frenzy that puts us to shame. I love this poem by Allan Ahlberg which captures beautifully the yearning children have to be out it it, instead of […]


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Joined-Up Reading

I’m busily preparing for the Joined- Up Reading Conference at Reading this weekend.   ‘Goose’ illustration by super-talented CWIG committee member Nicola Smee. ©Nicola Smee   The conference is being hosted by the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group, a branch of the Society of Authors. Somehow – and I’m still not sure how this happened – […]

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What a weekend!

Wow! And wow again! Just back from the Joined -Up Reading Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) Conference in Reading. It went really well, thanks for asking, though there were glitches with the sounds system which meant some of the panel events were difficult to hear. I felt so anxious for the speakers as there’s […]


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The Gruffalo

So The Gruffalo was given the ultimate accolade by being made into an animated film and shown on Christmas Day.  Good call. It should be the law that producers choose a picture book every year to feature in this way.  My favourite from last year was Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. I suggest The […]

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I went to London yesterday. I love going to London. As soon as I set foot on that platform in King’s Cross Station I feel giddy and excited.  I know I’m 54 and shouldn’t feel like a schoolkid on an outing but I can’t help it. There’s just something about the place… the hustle and […]

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