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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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More from the Joined-Up Reading Conference

Here’s a few more pics for you from the Joined – Up Reading Conference (see yesterday’s blog, too):   Here I am with Miriam Halahmy, YA fiction writer. Nice plug on the book there, Miriam! #pro Bali Rai, Sarah McIntyre (holding Allan Ahlberg’s bear – don’t tell him), me, Nicola Smee (all CWIG committee members […]


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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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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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Matti’s mesostic poem…

Matti is a Y3 pupil at Ysgol Esgob Morgan. He’s been writing to me all through half-term and I love hearing from him. Here’s his mesostic poem; bet you can’t guess what Matti’s favourite TV programme is?   tennanT Aliens contRols Daleks lIghts Sounds by Matthew image from brassandglass.wordpress.


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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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The Poets of Esgob Morgan

Do you remember that I told you I’d been made Patron of Reading at Ysgol Esgob Morgan Juniors in St Asaph? Well, some of the Y3s responded to my blog on mesostic poems and have written their own: Dancing rOtating roUnd suGary squasHy amaziNg sUperb tasTe by Billy   drIps Cornet honEy peaCh cRunchy lEmon […]


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Ysgol Esgob Morgan: a school visit with a difference

Guess what? I’ve been chosen as Ysgol Esgob Morgan’s Patron of Reading. How absolutely awesome and fandabbydozy is that?  I reckon this is my greatest honour yet and I’ve been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, don’t you know (Simone’s Letters). Ysgol (that’s Welsh for ‘school’) Esgob Morgan is a junior school in St Asaph’s, North […]


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