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Patron of Reading 6 years on

May saw the 6th anniversary of the Patron of Reading initiative.  Of all the reading ventures and ideas around, Patron of Reading has to be one of the easiest, cheapest and most rewarding to initiate. The genius idea of headteacher Tim Redgrave of teaming up a school with its own author has grown and grown. […]

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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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Summer Reading Challenge Books

Pupils from Class 4 at Ysgob Esgob Morgan have been writing to me on our cool and exclusive Patron of Reading blog about some of the books they read for the Summer Reading Challenge. Big thanks to the two Mega Blog Monitors, Martha and Eirawen, for encouraging their classmates to participate.                 […]

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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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Chippy Friday!

I spent Friday at Ysgol Esgob Morgan, the primary school in St Asaph where I’m patron of reading. I chose the right day – it was ‘Chippy Friday’ where the children get chips in a paper bag like in a real fish and chip shop. qi case iphone 7 plus In your face, Jamie Oliver! […]


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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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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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Leamington Spa Library: Olympic Heroes

I had a super day yesterday at Leamington Spa Library. Leamington Spa – or to give the town its Sunday name – Royal Leamington Spa. The library is situated bang in the middle of this fine Georgian town with museum and tourist information all under one graceful roof.   Leamington Spa Library and Museum   […]

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Summer Reading Challenge 2: Sutton-on-Trent Primary School

Now here’s a school close to my heart; Sutton-on-Trent Primary School in Nottinghamshire. Sutton-on-Trent was the last school I taught at before turning to writing full-time. I have fond memories of teaching there but I knew my time was up when I had a deadline for a book (There’s Only One Danny Ogle) and an […]

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Return to Ysgol Esgob Morgan

I returned to the small but perfectly-formed city of St Asaph yesterday to check up on how everyone was getting on at Ysgol Esgob Morgan (where I’m Patron of Reading) . I know what a dangerous time the end of term is for teachers. They have so many things going on they’re likely to explode so […]


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