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Where did you get that hat? Summer Reading Challenge

Give us an ‘S’. blue phone case iphone 7 Give us an ‘R’. best iphone 6 s plus cases Give us a ‘C’. What have you got? SRC… which everyone knows stands for the Summer Reading Challenge. Yes, the Summer Reading Challenge, the Reading Agency’s simple-yet-genius idea to keep children’s reading for pleasure levels topped […]


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Farewell, CWIG…

So how was 2013 for you?  One of my main achievements was as Chair of the Society of Authors’ Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG).  I helped design and research information for a survey on the Value of Author Visits in Schools. The purpose of the survey was to provide evidence for Ofsted to show  what a […]

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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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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 give tips on author visits to writers who haven never done them before. To find out […]

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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 writers, poets and illustrators.  Librarians and readers would have died and gone to heaven if they’d walked […]


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Day trip to London

I went to London yesterday for a meeting with the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (I am a committee member – be impressed – be very impressed). I arrived at King’s Cross Station where this was sticking out of the wall: Then I caught the tube to South Kensington where I had a bowl of coffee: […]


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