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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 →

The Cathedra 900 project

The Cathedra 900 project

As soon as I saw the powerful and dynamic artwork of Mark Ware, produced for his Cathedra 900 project displayed in the historic Exeter Cathedral, I realised inspiration was there for the taking.

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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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