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Answering questions from Bishops Lydeard School

Answering questions from Bishops Lydeard School

Thank you, Bishops Lydeard School, for these questions. Some children have asked the same questions lots of times so I’ve tried to answer everyone.

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Reading Forces goes into the noisy jungle

Reading Forces goes into the noisy jungle

Saturday 7th June was my first Reading Force event. I confess that I was curious and concerned as to how it would all go. But all trepidation was instantly swept away by the wave of enthusiastic librarians.

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Kicking Off National-Share-A-Story Month in Taunton

Kicking Off National-Share-A-Story Month in Taunton

I recently visited pupils at Bishops Lydeard Primary School in Taunton to kick-start National Share-A-Story Month!

I read and made masks with each year group and had a wonderful day with all of the children. You can read more about my time there over on the Somerset County Gazette.

Just a few answers to the 100 questions from Shrewton Primary School – phew!

Just a few answers to the 100 questions from Shrewton Primary School – phew!

All of the pupils at Shrewton Primary School presented me with a bag full of questions. I sat and counted each hand written one and was amazed to discover exactly 100.

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On the importance of libraries

On the importance of libraries

I was recently asked to write a guest article for ‘Voices for the Library’. I think our libraries are so important and I really enjoyed the chance to talk about one of my favourite subjects.
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But Here You Are

But Here You Are

A poem I wrote some years ago about Nelson Mandela, who sadly died last week.
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Deep in the Dorset jungle

Deep in the Dorset jungle

In October, I spent a lively, busy day at Upton Infant School in Dorset where I read books with reception right up through the other year groups. Read more →

Come and see me at Cheltenham Festival in October

Come and see me at Cheltenham Festival in October

Come and meet me at the Cheltenham festival on Saturday 5 October at 10am, in St Andrew’s Church, Mont. Hall.

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Kirkus review When Will it Snow and Ruby’s Baby Brother

Kirkus review When Will it Snow and Ruby’s Baby Brother

I recently found out about these lovely reviews of two of my books, When Will it Snow, and Ruby’s Sleepover. Read more →

The School Librarian – Closing the Poverty-Driven Literacy Gap

The School Librarian – Closing the Poverty-Driven Literacy Gap

According to National Literacy Trust figures released in 2011, of the 3.8 million children in the UK, one in three does not own a book. Read more →

I regularly carry out workshops and events in schools and local libraries. Get in touch if you would like me to come to you!

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