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Exploring Nottinghamshire Writers

I was lucky enough to attend the book launch for ‘Exploring Nottinghamshire Writers’ written by Rowena Edlin-White, back in December. The book is 300 pages long and a real labour of love, having taken ten years from conception to publication.  … Continue reading

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Lunch with a Legend

   I had lunch with children’s author Gwen Grant today. It’s thanks to Gwen I’m a published writer. She took me under her wing when I was starting out and  allowed me to bombard her with my inept rantings. It’s through her … Continue reading

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Christmas Stories

The shops are full of Christmas books for children. Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas is a good one, as is Allan Ahlberg’s Jolly Christmas Postman and I agree with many of the others mentioned on this list which is why I’m not … Continue reading

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Writers’ Rooms…

I’ve just been browsing through one of my son’s books. It’s called ‘Artists in their Studios’ and is full of black and white images of various American artists in their … um… studios. Anyway, I thought you might like a … 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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This week I will be mainly talking about libraries

In preparation for the big Read-Ins taking part in libraries threatened with closure up and down the country this Saturday I thought I’d republish this wonderful poem by Gwen Grant:                                                    MY LIBRARY HOME     When they tell me to … Continue reading

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I remember libraries…

  As you know, I’ve been blogging about libraries and how brilliant they are for ages (I am so on-trend!). So have many other children’s authors. Recently, though, I’ve noticed a sea-change. There is now an urgency to these blogs … Continue reading

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We’re all in this together

  I was extremely flattered to have this poem sent to me by Gwen Grant. She wrote it in response to my blog on library cuts last week.  Thank you so much, Gwen.   Here it is:         We’re all … Continue reading

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Did I tell you the one about when I met the Sheriff of Nottingham…

Yesterday was Alan Sillitoe day in Nottingham (www.sillitoe.com) . Alan Sillitoe was born and brought up in the city.  Despite grinding poverty as a child and having a brutal and illiterate father, Alan grew up to be one of England’s finest writers of the … Continue reading

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Put down the pen, get out the car keys…

 It’s time for the balancing act again – school visits and events v. writing. My job is, of course, to write but I also have to promote my books. For a children’s writer that means going into schools and libraries and … Continue reading

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