I am in historical Edinburgh, in a historical building that used to house Edinburgh University's Veterinary School. I'm writing this in a rather handsome cafe, like a certain other writer in Edinburgh. That's where the similarities between us end.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Monday, 4 March 2013
Thursday, March 7th is World Book Day.
This year, I will be at the Mount School in York doing a day of talks and workshops. On Tuesday, 5th March, I will be at King Edward VI, Handsworth, who are having their WBD two days before because I can't be in two places at once.
I visited King Edward's, Handsworth last year for a day based around my book Pirates!. If ever a book leant itself to World Book Day, it is this one.
Last year, a whole year group dressed up as pirates, including their teachers and the librarians. Everyone had lots of fun, not least the staff who got to swagger about in boots and pantaloons, moustachios curled and teeth blackened. It was interesting to see pupils do a double take as they tried to work out who it was under the pirate disguises.
It was an excellent day, with plenty of laughs and some fabulous work done, not only writing, but drama, music and art, all based on Pirates!
I'm looking forward to another couple of stimulating days in Birmingham and in York and hope to have more photos to put up next week.
World Book Day is a chance to explore, to follow where books can take you. It is also a brilliant excuse to dress up...
Monday, 18 February 2013
I'm changing my Blog. Instead of writing long blogs (which I may do if the spirit moves), I'm going to use it for any news I might have about where i'm going, what I've been doing, or anything else that might be of interest to readers or fans.
I'll start with my latest History Girls Blog Shadows in the Cave which you will find at:
It is about my visit to the British Museum www.britishmuseum.org to see the Exhibition
it was good to see friend and fellow author Sally Prue's book, Song Hunter, in the Exhibition Shop!
I blog for the History Girls on the 18th of every month. We are a group of published writers (all women) who write historical fiction for children, young adult and adult readers. We've been blogging for more than two years now. The topics are always historical and sometimes it can be difficult to think of anything to blog about. Luckily, my interest in History is wide and eclectic, so something always springs to mind.
If you've never seen the History Girls, go visit http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk. The posts are extremely wide ranging and often fascinating.
I'm proud to be one of them!