Tag Archives: Reads United

Premier League Reading Stars

I was in London earlier this week on a ‘training day’ for the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars Challenge.     The purpose of the challenge is  to motivate children to read for pleasure using football as the spur. Schools, libraries, youth groups etc from all over England can participate. They receive a pack […]

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Reads United at Baysgarth

The final Reads United session of the year took place at Baysgarth School in sunny Barton-upon-Humber today. Lindsay Codd, another one of those cool, keen and committed school librarians I keep coming across, hosted this one. First in were Y5s and Y6s from the surrounding feeder schools. Hundreds of ’em! We had Barton St Peter’s, Bowmandale […]


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New Look Blog

  Hi! Do you like my new-look blog? I hope its now easier to navigate and to find old posts. I deliberately haven’t added tons of links to the side bar. Basically I’ve focused on my two areas of interest – children’s writing and football. I was going to add all my writer friends’ websites […]


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2010 Highlights

Sorry I’m a day later with this – I felt sluggish again yesterday. This flu bug doesn’t want to let me go just yet. OK, I’ve got my calendar in front of me. Let’s go!   January: I had my first CWIG meeting in London. CWIG is the children’s writers and illustrators branch of the Society of […]

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Rishworth Rocks!

 Tom Plamer and I kicked off a new season of Reads United events at Rishworth School near Saddleworth and Halifax in Yorkshire yesterday. Y5/Y6 from surrounding primary schools (hello St John’s, Ripponden and Heathfield) and Y7 from Rishworth School came ot the school’s vast sports hall to hear us speak. As you can see, Tom and […]

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School Visits in Kirklees

I had a warm Yorkshire welcome from children in the Kirklees area this week thanks to Kirklees Library Services. I began at Meltham Library on Tuesday morning with Y4 children from Crowlees Primary School. A jolly bunch, as you can see! Y4s at Crowlees The afternoon was spent in the brand new Rawthorpe/Dalton Library on […]

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White Rabbits! (or: it can’t be June 1st already…)

Flaming June already. Well, more drizzly than flaming but still June. Arghh! I’m not ready. June is my crazy-busy month with Tom Palmer and Reads United. To tie in with the World Cup in South Africa we’re visiting schools, libraries and festivals up and down the country (actually, two countries as we’re in Wales as […]

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New website updates: EVENTS PAGE

book signings, visits… it’s all kicking-off! Dearest Blog Readers, Just to let you know that there is a new ‘Events’ page on my website. It isn’t up on my homepage but can be accessed on the toolbar once you start exploring – look to the right of the ‘links’ button and Clubbing Together girls. The […]

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Letter written by King George V as a child © Bodleian Library, Oxford OK, so we’ve got Facebook and Twitter and email and Youtube and txt (LOL) and telephones and four million other ways of communicating with each other but nothing beats receiving a letter. A real letter, in an envelope with a stamp, delivered […]

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Reads United cause chaos at Campus…

Fridays will never be the same… As if the Burnley area hadn’t had enough excitement for one day, not only did Reads United perform at Padiham in the morning but they were somehow also able to summon up enough energy to perform again at the smart Burnley Campus in the afternoon. How do they do […]

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