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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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The Rights and Responsibilities of a Children’s Writer

On Saturday, March 29th, I appeared on a panel, alongside Bali Rai and David Belbin, at the Writers’ Conference (East Midlands). The topic was: ‘Writing for children and young adults –  a writer’s rights and responsibilities.’ This was the brief: ‘In the ever growing genre … Continue reading

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Teenage Kicks

I’m heading for Derbyshire today to talk to librarians and young adults about young adult fiction. The event is called Teenage Kicks and Bali Rai is the keynote speaker.  I’m sharing the final slot with Bali on ‘What publishers want.’ … Continue reading

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More from the Joined-Up Reading Conference

Here’s a few more pics for you from the Joined – Up Reading Conference (see yesterday’s blog, too):   Here I am with Miriam Halahmy, YA fiction writer. Nice plug on the book there, Miriam! #pro Bali Rai, Sarah McIntyre … Continue reading

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Premier League Reading Stars

I was in London earlier this week on a ‘training day’ for the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars Challenge.     The purpose of the challenge is  to motivate children to read for pleasure using football as the spur. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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School Visits for Beginners

It’s been a busy few days. It seems when I’m not actually visiting schools I’m talking about visiting schools!  I was in London yesterday with fellow children’s writers Dianne Hofmeyr and Bali Rai at Society of Authors HQ. Our mission: to … Continue reading

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Frank Cottrell Boyce

Have you ever met someone and been instantly blown away by them?  That happened to me yesterday. I was at a one day conference given by CWIG (Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group).  In the audience were 90 CWIG members, a mixture of … Continue reading

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Things keep happening that make me go @**!!argh@*

I want to write a blog that’s funny and upbeat. Honest, I really do. But THINGS KEEP HAPPENING. You won’t believe this one; I’m telling you, you won’t. First of all, check out this picture:   This is poet Ian McMillan  … Continue reading

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Which football teams do children’s writers support?

As you might have guessed by now, I support Huddersfield Town AFC, as does Patrick (Star Trek) Stewart and David (The Damned United) Peace. Michael Hardcastle MBE, one of the earliest children’s authors to write football stories, is also a … Continue reading

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