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Books By Post

Last year, for my birthday, my friends found me the best present ever. Every month, I get a parcel through the post. Inside the parcel is a goody bag containing: Fancy tea Stationery A bookmark and A gorgeous old second-hand book So far, my books have included The Chrysalids by John Wyndham and Little Women by Louisa … Continue reading

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Inspirational Places

It’s paradoxical, but sometimes, to write, you need to be away from your desk. Going out into beautiful, interesting, or inspiring places fills up the well of ideas that lets you go back and write something fantastic (or, at the very least, not-too-terrible). Here are some of my favourite places to wander around and think … Continue reading

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Old Favourites

One of the best things about teaching children’s literature is getting to revisit old favourites – books I loved when I was tiny, some of which I’ve read several times throughout my life, some of which I haven’t been back to in years. In the second category is the book I’m just about to teach – George’s … Continue reading

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My Christmas Story

Everyone has a story that makes their Christmas, whether it’s the Nativity, A Christmas Carol, or something completely different. Mine is Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman. My parents bought me a copy of The Snowman when I was born – being an almost-Christmas baby, it made sense – and I soon fell in love with the gorgeous illustrations, … Continue reading