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The Annual Wait

posted on 21 Dec 2017

Around about this time of the year when I was a child I would be starting to anticipate the Christmas arrival of one or two comic annuals..

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Teaching Dahl

posted on 13 Nov 2017

This article first appeared in the Letterpress Project publication Roald Dahl: The man Who Believed In Magic 

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Beardy Dads Galore!

posted on 18 Jun 2017

  When I was a little girl in the 1950s and early 1960s, children's picture books showed mostly conventional fathers ...

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Stories on the train

posted on 13 May 2017

I have always travelled a lot by train as I don't drive and usually find the experience to be a good one as long as I have plenty to do...

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Memories of Galldora

posted on 10 May 2017

Those of you that like browsing charity shops will recognise how variable this experience can be when looking for children's books.

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Discovering Peter Pan

posted on 28 Apr 2017

  I currently have twenty five different editions of Peter Pan, some of which are abridged, and I dithered over which one to read.

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More than just kid’s stuff

posted on 19 Nov 2016

A little while ago when the author Alan Gibbons came to talk to students at the university I teach in, I asked him........

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What ever happened to the prize book?

posted on 02 Sep 2016

Rummaging through the shelves of second hand bookshops or the books in charity shops that sit in the ‘old and collectible’ sections that they now all seem

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Missing the bus

posted on 25 Jul 2016

  A minor vice of mine is seeking out small collectibles relating to reading.

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Lost in Middle Earth

posted on 20 Apr 2016

I'm not really much of a fan of fantasy writing. There are some exceptions - Alan Garner, Ursula Le Guin and some dystopian fringe science fiction

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Three Bears (Part Two)

posted on 06 Feb 2016

Having already written about the undisputed superstar bears, Winnie the Pooh, Paddington and Rupert, it was quite an undertaking..

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Three Bears (Part One)

posted on 06 Jan 2016

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard received the accolade of being number one...

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The Magic of Libraries

posted on 02 Dec 2015

I've mentioned before in other blogs on this site that I have very warm memories of visiting libraries as a child.

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Thanks Dad

posted on 15 Nov 2015

As I was recently putting my thoughts together for my dad's funeral eulogy I started to think about whether to what extent he had influenced my love...

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The Gruffalo Effect

posted on 08 Sep 2015

I recently did a book reading event as part of a community day at Newman University and selected one classic children's picture book ,,,,

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A Meeting With Mr Badger

posted on 30 Aug 2015

There is something about Mr Badger in The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame that for me elevates him...

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Alice and Me

posted on 01 Aug 2015

I'm not sure whether anyone ever read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to me when I was a child. I may have come across an abridged version...

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