Soon be Halloween!

20th August 2019

The beginning of my spooky book set in Shropshire. It is thin time! The night when the veil is so thin that you can pass between the worlds... Alice is chosen by mistake to be Task Bearer by Fymm, a bad tempered tomb dog who is five hundred years old. She must bring back the New Year seeds to pre...

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National Poetry Month

30th April 2018

Thinking to talk about poetry on the last day of the National Poetry Month, I thought I'd mention my small book of poetry, the poems gathered together from those I had read on BBC North West, some time ago. Kaleidoscope I cannot tell you how much I loved the poems – they really are absolute...

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Fun with Folktales for the Open University!

14th February 2018

Having fun with this, might even finish this folktale ? Block 3: Chapter 8: Metafiction and Intertextuality Use a text that has influenced your writing, (I’ve chosen Angela Carter, her gothic Fairy Stories), and produce an intertextual piece of 500–750 words using any of the techniques highl...

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Hard Work!

13th February 2018

It has been a long time since my last post. As full time carer, and working on my MA, I have sadly not had time to complete my children's books, but hope to do so eventually. I miss the people I created in the Ironbridge Gorge, and brave Tolland and Kendra in Ango-Saxon Northumbria, not to mention A...

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Final year of MA Open University

8th September 2017

An exciting time, final year of the M.A. with the Open University. It will entail completing five hours every day for as many time in the week as I can manage until next October. And I'm still trying to complete River Dark before the end of this October! One big decision - which book for adults to ...

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Final Year MA

6th July 2017

Just received an email from the Open University with details of study for my final year for the Masters in Creative Writing. Looking forward to October when the work begins. Half way through the editing of River Dark! Shall be posting some of the book soon. Then I shall be looking forward to reading...

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River Dark Book Competition

30th June 2017

Visit my Facebook page The Cake and Custard Bookshop and click on Follow and enter my competition to win a copy of my next book River Dark. Look forward to seeing you there.  Key Stage 2  - Author Visit...

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Paddington Bear

29th June 2017

Very sorry to read that Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear is no longer with us. Sad that he will not see the film sequel to Paddington. It was so much fun....

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Ironbridge Gorge

Publication of River Dark in October – Cake and Custard Bookshop

15th April 2017

Publication of River Dark in October. Available in my Cake and Custard Bookshop. Sequel to Candle Dark. I shall have a short book run of 50 copies, if interested, please let me know.  ...

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I had forgotten the book I published about Teaching Science in Primary Schools in the Early 20th Century

11th March 2017

Teaching Science in Primary Schools in the early 20th Century. I had forgotten writing this book, many years ago. It was part of my B.Ed degree. The subject was the problems teachers faced when teaching primary science at the turn of the 20th century, and I taped the teacher interviews for the boo...

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