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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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Dear Millicent Fawcett (Suffragist)

Dear Millicent Fawcett, First of all, huge congratulations on becoming a statue! And in Parliament Square, of all places. How does it feel to be immortalized in bronze? You were on a postage stamp once, too, but a statue – well, that’s a real mark of recognition, isn’t it? It took long enough – I […]

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Welcome back, Girls FC! We love you!

How terrific is this? Those fabulous people at Walker Books are re-issuing the first 4 titles in my Girls FC series.  Best news of all is that books 1 & 2 ‘Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?’ and ‘Can Ponies Take Penalties?’ are in the shops now. As in NOW THIS ACTUAL MINUTE. You will be awed by […]

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New football season

How did your team do last week? Or do you support someone in the Premier League, so your first match is tomorrow?  I went to the opening match of Huddersfield Town v Brentford and it was excellent. Apart from winning 2-1 (a novelty for us – we rarely win our opening matches) everything about the […]

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Suffragette

I think the first time I heard about suffragettes was when I was nine and went to see Mary Poppins at a cinema in Leeds.  In the story (you all know the story, right? Based on PJ Travers’ book of the same name?) Mrs Banks, the children’s mother, was always gadding off to one Suffrage Union rally or […]

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Good luck, Lionesses

How brilliant is it that the England Women’s football team (ranked 6th) has reached the semi-final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada! They play Japan just after midnight (BST). I have to admit I wasn’t hopeful that they’d survive the group stage after their opening match against France but they’ve battled through and […]

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World Book Day part 2: questions from Hillside Primary

Note to self: Stop setting challenges where you promise to give a book as a reward to anyone who meets that challenge. Either that or face bankruptcy. ‘I’ll give away a copy of ‘Football Mad’ to anyone who asks a question I’ve never been asked before,’ I glibly told the teachers at Hillside Primary School […]

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FA Girls’ Football Festival

So, how do writers spend their Saturdays? Well, this one spent Saturday in Peterborough at Netherton United FCs super ground selling Girls FC books at one of the FA’s Girls’ Football Festivals. The FA is running events like this up and down the country, aimed at bringing grassroots teams together to develop the women’s game. […]

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Book Signing

Thank you to everyone who came to the book signing at Waterstones in Doncaster on Sunday. It was a treat to see so many  pupils turn up from the schools I’d visited earlier in the week. Those journeys up and down the A1 were worth it! I hope you all enjoy the Girls FC books. […]

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Book signing: Doncaster, Waterstones Sunday May 26th

Newsflash!  I’m going to be signing copies of my Girls FC titles and my non-fiction book, Here Come the Girls! at Waterstones in Doncaster on Sunday, May 26th from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm.            Doncaster Waterstones looks like this…                       […]

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