90 Minutes Later We Had A Story!

Immediately before any public event, my emotions are on a rollercoaster. I'm over-excited but nervous, stressed and tearful. Usually, I find that I suddenly have a thousand-and-one things to do before I can start preparing for the event. This time was worse because...

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My First Festival

With just two days until my festival debut, I'm feeling excited, organised, nervous and I have been having dreams about it. The dreams have included arriving at the venue without my books; going to the wrong venue; having no attendees (I cried in this one!), and in a...

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Corporate Social Responsibility from a small business

We've all heard the saying "charity begins at home", but what does it actually mean? A proverb dictionary tells me that it is that "a person's first responsibility is for the needs of their own family and friends". Do you think this is right? I think that although we...

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World Book Day

When nearly every day brings another "celebration" it may be difficult to get enthused about yet another day. I hope, though, that you'll join me in celebrating World Book Day. Read on for your special discount code. The purpose of the day may have got a little lost...

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2019 is going to be my year!

What is happening? Firstly, in March, I will be one of the author's taking part in the Essex Book Festival.  Then during April, I am going to be working and trading in Fenwick, East Anglia's largest Department Store located on Colchester's High Street.  Who knows what...

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The Joy of Giving Books

Any bookworm worth its salt will tell you that the best present they've ever received was a book. It may be a book they've loved since childhood or the latest blockbuster given last Christmas. What other (low-cost) presents last as long as a book (physically and...

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Inspiration

I am often asked where I get inspiration for my stories.I'm also often given story concepts and told to write a book about that. Some even go on to describe the story in detail. My response: they should write the book themselves. After all, 'everyone has a book in...

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All About Telling Stories

2019 marks the 18th year of the Annual National Storytelling Week, organised by the Society of Storytelling. Check out their website for events all over the UK. Every year, storytelling is celebrated for a week in early February. This week was chosen to coincide with...

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The Enduring Appeal of Winnie-The-Pooh

Happy Birthday to Alan Alexander Milne. Would you believe he was born in 1882? He was 44 when Winnie-The-Pooh was published in 1926. Yet the 'silly old bear' is as relevant now as he ever was. Milne went on to write Now We Are Six (1927) and The House at Pooh Corner...

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Grow Your Own Bookworm

What can a bookworm bring to your home?  A friendly bookworm will add peace and tranquillity and if you train him or her right, may even help with tidying and cleaning.  Don't believe me?  Read on. First you'll need to know how to grow a bookworm.  You can start very,...

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Any Excuse for a Party?

Christmas is over and it's time to take down the decorations.  I hope you're not feeling blue.  But if you are, don't worry as there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.  Today we're celebrating the Festival of Sleep.  Which might suit you fine if you've had a few late...

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The A-Z of Being a Children’s Author

Being an author is both exciting and routine.  There are lots of activities going on in the background, as with any business, which are of the plain and boring type.  You don't want to know about those though, so I hope you enjoy finding out more about me and my...

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