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Category Archives: Lola

Love Books

There is one thing which every writer acknowledges – to write books you must love books and if you love books you read books and if you read lots of books you can write better books. Lola knows this. Here she is eyeing a cake hungrily at the recent North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards ceremony, …

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Lola, my Literary Assistance Dog…

I hear that there are new dogs on the scene, imposters, claiming to be the first literary dogs. Well, I can assure you that LOLA is the MOST literary dog. Here she is reading children’s poetry as a mere puppy. This is her, totally exhausted after perusing my Chambers Thesaurus. It’s tiring, being a literary …

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Society of Authors Conference

A lovely meeting of like-minds at the Society of Authors conference this last weekend was as usual thoroughly enjoyable. This year we met at Bath University. We were welcomed by author, editor, translator and Chair of the Society of Authors, Daniel Hahn, and author, wearer of snazzy shirts and Chair of the Children’s Writers’ and Illustrators’ Group, …

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Clippa (CLPE) Poetry Award!

I received a wonderful invitation to go and see the announcement of the CLIPPA 2015 – the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award, on 16th July. This prestigious award is tragically the only one given to an author for a children’s poetry book, or an editor for a children’s anthology. The ceremony was held …

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A Grand Appeal!

This year 70 Shaun the Sheep statues have appeared all around Bristol. The Shaun in the City Bristol trail is raising money for The Grand Appeal, The Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. Each sheep has been painted by a different artist or celebrity, and they make quite a spectacle. We visited the Gromit trail a couple of …

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A-Z Reflections

This is the fourth year I have taken part in the A-Z Blog Challenge, and I enjoyed it very much, as usual.  Thank you to Arlee and all the other organisers and minions for their hard work. Here is my traditional little photo of my assistance dog in celebration of having finished again: This year has …

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Merry Christmas 2014

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Save Liverpool Libraries!

Can there be anything more important or more of a sign of our democracy than a building that contains refuge, learning, opportunity, help, advice, warmth, somewhere to look for job opportunities, apply to college or university, find books to learn how to fix your tap, build a wall, write a successful job application, make origami …

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A Panda from Tenerife

This morning I received a panda in the post – complete with bamboo to keep him going on the long journey from Tenerife to the possibly-soon-not-quite-as-United Kingdom. A lovely writing friend crocheted him, thank you Liz Young, and for the update that he is crocheted, not knitted! He is gorgeous, and will I’m sure enjoy his time …

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Lola is in a book!

A little while ago Gaby Morgan at Macmillan got in touch to ask if Lola could be in a new book – Sir Tony Robinson’s ‘Weird World of Wonders – Pets, a Complete History of Our Furry Friends’.   It’s a fabulously interesting look at all types of pet (not just furry ones, despite the …

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