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Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a… library?

Oh heck! And here was me thinking I’d start 2015 off quietly. On January 1st, while nibbling away at a chocolate Santa, I idly responded to this tweet from Essex Schools Library Services on ‘Essex’s smallest library in Arkesden?’: I replied that the telephone box was a quirky use of space but that it wasn’t, […]

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The Art of Silent Reading

Back in the days of yore, when whiteboards and mobile phones were the stuff of science-fiction and everyone had permed hair, I was a teacher. spigen iphone 8 case thin fit I taught in a variety of schools; secondary, middle and primary. I taught high school children from affluent towns in the south-east and tough […]

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National Libraries Day

So where were you yesterday? If the answer is watching telly eating Haribo Star Mix then lose five points. palm iphone 7 case If the answer was in the local library celebrating National Libraries Day then Yay! Wahoo! Well done, you! Me too! How did you celebrate? Our tiny village library was heaving; people of […]

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Cut!

I’m not quite sure how it happened but at some stage during this recession councils decided that the easiest way to save money was to slash the library budget, especially in yer rural regions (ouch!). iphone 8 case harry potter deathly I mean, no one cares, right? The typical village library is just a little […]

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A library without a librarian is just a room

‘A library without a librarian is just a room.’ That was just one of the many memorable things children’s writer and libraries campaigner Alan Gibbons said during his talk at Lowdham Book Festival yesterday. It was the second time I’d heard Alan speak this week on the importance of libraries and literacy. iphone 7 bentoben […]

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Summer Reading Challenge: Sutton-on-Trent crowned Newark Champions

A few months ago I came up with a splendid idea. iphone 6 survival case I’m always having splendid ideas; it can be a bit of a pain, to be honest. Anyway, you know how I’m always banging on about how I wouldn’t be a writer if it hadn’t been for my local library turning […]

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Headline: Monster wins book prize…

I was at the Oscars yesterday. Yeah, baby. The OSCARS!!!  I don’t mean these Oscars:   And I don’t mean I flew out to : But for children’s writers, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards amounts to the same thing, even if the ceremony was bereft of a red carpet and held in […]

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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 ‘Attach Birth Certificate here’, I ask them which one they mean. The first one that […]

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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 and tweets. A realisation that, if we don’t do something soon, we’ll be talking about […]

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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 in this together         Or the ‘I DON’T THINK SO’ poem     Those fields […]

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