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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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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 was the ultimate accolade (although I suppose winning would have been the […]

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Book Review: Daughters of Time

I’ve been catching up with my reading lately. I have devoured a few books for adults: Kate Atkinson’s award-winning Life After Life, Matt Haig’s brilliant The Humans and Look Me in the Eye by John Robison, a non-fiction title about life with Asperger’s Syndrome. On the Junior Fiction/YA front I enjoyed Rooftoppers by new writer […]

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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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Accidental Friends and other near misses…

My YA book ‘Accidental Friends’ was mentioned in a blog last week. Go me!  It was written by fellow children’s writer Catherine Johnson on the An Awfully Big Blog Adventure forum (a subsidiary of the Scattered Authors’ Society). While I was delighted to read Catherine singing my book’s praises: ‘it is funny and thrilling and features totally engaging […]

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Writers who lunch…

I had to go to London yesterday for a CWIG (Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group) meeting.  As the meeting didn’t begin until 3.00 pm I arranged to meet up with fellow writers Catherine Johnson, Joshua Lacey and Lily Hyde for lunch. Writing is quite an isolating occupation so it’s always good to meet with people […]

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Christmas is coming!

It’s cold and frosty outside and I’m skint so it must be nearly Christmas! I do love Christmas – apart from the usual reason – the giant Toblerones – it means I have genuine displacement activities to do .  While I’m thinking through the next chapter I can write a few cards, wrap a couple […]

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