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White Hot and Passionate

I’m one of the lucky ones.

Today, as it often happens when the semester begins, and as I was lecturing about feature writing and discussing the introductory chapter of our textbook, the reality of what I do for a living hit me. 212 more words

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The Quentin Blake Exhibition

We had a list of things we wanted to do while in London the other week and top of mine was a visit to the… 376 more words

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I want to grow up with Matilda

And when I grow up I will be smart enough to answer all the questions that you need to know, the answers to before you’re grown up. 771 more words


Throwback Tuesday: The Real Magic of Roald Dahl

I still believe in witches. Not the kind who wear black hats and carry broomsticks. That would be ridiculous. No, the ones I am on about are ruled by the Grand High Witch of All the World, are bald and toeless, and sniff out children, turning them into mice at their earliest convenience. 1,241 more words


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Review: Katherine Rundell's ROOFTOPPERS

Here’s what I said about Katherine Rundell’s Rooftoppers on Facebook.

Katherine Rundell’s ROOFTOPPERS–a little Roald Dahl, a little of Kate DiCamillo’s THE MAGICIAN’S ELEPHANT, and a layer of Shel Silverstein’s values, if not his style. 721 more words

My inspiration for writing

There is nothing in the world so important and which brings so much pleasure as reading.

My life revolves around reading: my house is full to bursting with books, in my job I teach children to be able to read and to love reading, and almost the moment I get home I settle down to read with my son. 765 more words

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