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Thursday, February 24, 2005
TESTING THE BLOG AGAIN AGAIN!
Bah to the blooming Blog! My last (long) entry wouldn't load so this is another go. Another quick but smaller hello, and "thanks for coming to meet me" to all the WHINMOOR LIBRARY JUNIOR READERS GROUP, Leeds, and the three helpful librarians.

Many thanks, too, to all the great children and friendly staff, and Mr. P himself at BILTON GRANG PRIMARY SCHOOL, Harrogate. I had a lovely day and hope you did too.
Now . . . will this entry load up on to the blogmachine?
 
Monday, February 21, 2005
RE-MAKING A STAND - at WHINMOOR LIBRARY!
Now this is a promise to say HELLO on my Journal to all the young members of Whinmoor Library Junior Reading Club, Leeds.

Thank you for listening to my chat: I had a great time, and hope you enjoyed it, too! Thanks also to the three Whinmoor librarians:to Lorraine, for directions so I actually arrived safely, to Mick, who must have been busy pacifying all the other people in the library, and to Roz who looked after the session, and to them all for stamping out so many of my book titles afterwards! GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR FRIDAY CHATTERBOOKS READING CLUB! HAVE FUN!

Oh! And special thanks to Roz for re-assembling the book-display stand I managed to collapse, sending an array of my books whirling across the library!And to all those children who picked them up! (Folks, it was only made of cardboard, so no young readers were harmed in the making of this session!)
 
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
A TRIP both TO and AT LONG ROW SCHOOL!
Well, what a day! Down to Long Row Primary School in Belper yesterday. An early start, traffic not so bad, arrived at school, was escorted by two helpful girls to the office when IT happened.

I was being nosy, as all authors are, admiring all the art work and sculptures and hangings, and DID NOT SEE THE STEP! So a huge CRASH! and I was flat on the floor. My lovely looks (hem, hem) saved only by the bounciness of my story basket - boing, boing, boing! Luckily my two helpers were not crushed by me and my books. Can you imagine the headlines "AUTHOR CRUSHES CHILDREN FLAT!PENNY PUTS PUPILS IN PERIL!" The shame. . .! A definitely scarlet-faced moment!

Anyway, the day was saved by the kindness of the staff, who helped me - especially in the ouchiness of the afternoon - by tea and loans of painkillers for my by-then aching arm, and more tea, and tea again, and kit-kat bars. I just hope I spoke sense for the Year 1&2s and the Year 5&6 children for the last two sessions. But it was a very enjoyable day in between, so many thanks to everyone at Longrow.

PS. Not all authors do this sort of falling-about-the-place type of thing!
PPS. A specially huge THANK YOU to all the children in Mrs Irvine's class, who had made me some lovely cards. I've enjoyed looking at them all today! FANQU!
 
Sunday, February 06, 2005
TYPING & TWEETING & SOME NICE STUFF TOO!
Well, still typing away here at the anthology of writing from last weekend's residential writing course for Year 5&6 pupils. Hope all of you lively young writers from the Little Heath, Newberries and Eastbury Farm Primary Schools got back home happily - and that you are all having a great half-term - if that's what the week ahead is, down in Hertfordshire.

Elsewhere, a friendly wave and a Hello to the children who visited me at Leeds Libraries last Wednesday: the groups from Newlands Primary School who came to Morley Library, and Mr. Bickerton's class who I met at Rothwell Library. Excellent questions, and so glad you'd liked my books, too. Thanks of course, to all the librarians who organised the Leeds sessions, especially Alison Brumwell.

Today's my day for recalling (and re-cooing and re-tweeting)Bird Stories, as Monday & Wednesday afternoons I'll be at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens storytelling on the theme of birds - only one of the half-term Bird Week Events. Tweety-bye!

Now how long will it take before this entry appears???
 
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