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Five things for schools this summer

I’m involved in a few projects this summer that could be interesting to teachers, librarians and parents. I’ll be blogging in more depth about them over the next month.

But, in brief, for now…

One. I am working with the National Literacy Trust and the Football Association on a range of resources that will tie in with this July’s Women’s European Football Championships in Holland. In June a toolkit of ideas for school activities relating to women’s sport will be published. In July a nine-part live story for schools that will tie in the tournament with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Plus a tournament blog and writing exercises. All free. A blog about this to follow soon.

Two. I have my first new football book series for four years being published in June. By Barrington Stoke. Defenders is about a girl and a boy solving history-related hauntings in football settings. Tying in with the KS2 topics of Iron Age, Roman Britain and the Anglo Saxons / Vikings. More about that here.

Three.  As a result of the above books my school visit offer will include the options of my usual football and rugby reading games, but now with history reading and writing activities too, supported by replica artefacts from the eras listed above. More about my visits here.

Four. In June I am working in nine Leeds schools, where we’ll be writing a story in nine parts, one day after the other. Each school will take up where the last school left off with a 1000 word chapter carrying the action forward. Each class will plan the story, write it and edit it. All in one school day. It will be set in Leeds and will feature some of the city’s history in an adventure story.

Five. Writing. I am finishing a story that links cross country running – well, fell running to be precise – with a major historical event. But more about that later.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to get in touch via this website if you want to know more.


Ball games in the library

035I’m doing a few public events this coming week. In London, Birmingham, Exeter and Sheffield.

It’s a mini-tour. Me, my goalposts and a bag full of trophies.

There will be ball games in the library.
Here is the information you need:

London Sports Writing Festival, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Saturday 25th October, 3 p.m.

Birmingham Central Library, Monday 27th October, Midday & 2.30 p.m.

Exetreme Festival, Exeter Central Library,  Tuesday 28th October, 10.30 a.m. & 12.30 p.m.

Sheffield Foster and Adoption Care Readers Day, Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The first three are fully open to the public and tickets can be bought via the links above – and probably on the door.

Whether you can make it or not, have a lovely half-term.