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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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World Cup 2014

In case you missed it because you live on a desert island or you hate football (in which case, you might want to Google another writer but please come back after July 13th) – England kick off their World Cup campaign in Brazil tonight at 11.00 pm.  Meanwhile, publishers and book people have been going all out with World Cup 2014 […]

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And the winner is…

Congratulations to 10 year old Caitlin from Leeds, winner of this year’s Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge Finish the Story competition. I was delighted to be part of the judging panel and can honestly say her story, which continued Charlie Higson’s opening, ticked all the boxes. It was lively, funny and clever. disney princess phone […]

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Mr Gaiman’s Obligations

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Reading Agency’s annual lecture at the Barbican in London yesterday. Neil Gaiman was the guest speaker and he was every bit as erudite and inspirational as you’d expect from one of the literary icons of our generation. Casually dressed in black, there is more than a […]

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The Reading Agency

Wow! Ysgob Esgob Morgan, the school where I’m patron of reading, was recognised for its achievement in the Summer Reading Challenge on the Reading Agency’s blog today. How utterly fabulous is that!  

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Here’s to the gatekeepers. Hip, hip…

Writers write ; it goes without saying. We bed down for months, even years, in our studies and sheds, in our cafés and cubbyholes, typing away, drafting and editing and drinking far too much coffee.         What we don’t do, often enough, is see for ourselves the impact those months of writing […]


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Well done, Emily!

Last week I helped judge the Reading Agency’s Story Lab writing competition. iphone 6 plus rubber case I am delighted to reveal that 9-year old Emily Culshaw was the overall winner. I hope she’s enjoying her new laptop! Read Emily’s winning story, Red Man, Green Man, here. antigravity phone case for iphone 8 plus   […]

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Story Lab: the grand final

It’s reassuring that despite Nintendo, X-box, video games and TV with hundreds of channels to choose from, creative writing is still a hugely popular activity among the under- 12s. Over 7,000 children participated in the Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge writing competition initiated this year. Called ‘Finish the Story – Share the Glory’, the competition […]

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