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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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Is your teacher a secret writer?

I used to be a teacher. I taught for over twenty years, on and off, between 1978 and 2000. I taught in primary, middle and secondary schools of all shapes and catchment areas. I taught English, geography, maths, RE, PE… you name it, I’ve taken lessons in it.  Here I am with my first tutor group in 1978. I’ve […]

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That Friday Feeling

Yey! It’s Friday. If I coould leap in the air like Marta, the ace Brazillian footballer, I would. There’s something about Friday’s that’s different from the rest of the week. It’s not just that you’ve got the whole of the weekend ahead of you but that you’ve put the rest of the week behind you, too.  […]

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Book Review: A Boy called M.O.U.S.E by Penny Dolan

 When I was little there used to be a television programme called The Good Old Days on BBC 1.  It took place in a theatre – Leeds City Varieties – and the audience used to dress in Victorian costumes and react in the same was as a Victorian audience would to the various acts. ‘Oohing’ […]

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When you’re smiling…

 This is James Ellroy, an American crime novelist. He featured in the ‘Upfront’ section of the Observer magazine yesterday. I like the Upfront interviews – I like learning about people who lead very different lives from mine. James came across as a glass half empty kind of guy. If I tell you this photo was […]

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Those opening sentences

I was just having a sort through of all the left over sheets from Tabinda’s draft and I found eight page 2s. Page 2 is the first page.  Sifting through these rejects it is clear I was not satisfied with the opening sentence.  Bearing in mind I had already changed my entire opening scene because […]

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