Archive for June, 2008

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Awards-erama!

Floof. I feel like I’m still recovering. What a day it was! First up was my second (see Monday’s post) Carnegie Shadowing event of the week, which took place at City University in the London borough of Islington. Schools from all around the area sent teams of keen young readers to make presentations about the [...]

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

…and then his head exploded.

Out on the event trail again today, this time to Borders in Lakeside, Thurrock, for a /particularly/ excellent bookshop-type bash. Seven awesome authors – and me! – were given the opportunity to speak to students from eight schools in the local area. In an unusual twist the audience were divided up into small mixed groups [...]

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Carnegie Mania, Part One!

This Thursday the winner will be announced of the Carnegie Medal – one of the most prestigious British annual awards for young people’s literature [click on the link above to check out this year's shortlist]. Schools and libraries all over the UK have been ‘shadowing’ the award – reading the shortlisted books and organising their [...]

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Friday, June 20th, 2008

Talking fast, blogging faster

Hey! Writing this at what’s (for me at least) fairly tremendous speed as I’m about to shoot off out the door again, but I’ve just returned from a TERRIFIC school visit, this time to St Augustine’s, in Kilburn, London. I was booked for two sessions, and spoke to around sixty Year 7 students in each. [...]

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Belated Blurb Bonanza!

Right! Realising (ahem!) that I haven’t given it a kick up the bum in – yikes! how did that happen?? – nearly eighteen months, I’ve just posted about half a dozen more little blurb wossnames on my LibraryThing Review Page. I’d hold up anything on that Five Hundred Fine Books list as being well worth [...]

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Saturday, June 14th, 2008

The Disapproval of Crows

Yesterday I was doing my stuff at The Marlborough School, in Oxfordshire. It was my second visit to the school, and a fantastic day – every bit as good as the first one, maybe even better! To my great glee and delight, Marlborough’s awesome librarian Alicia Marshall had invited me back for three double sessions [...]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Q&A onslaught!

Out on the school visit trail again today, this time to Broxbourne School, in Hertfordshire. In pretty quick succession I did three talks (of around fifty mins each) to sixty Year 9 students, sixty Year 7s, and sixty Year 8s — yep, a hundred and eighty young people in total! I was delighted and honoured [...]

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Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Networking like a demon!

OK! On top of MySpace, LibraryThing, ContactAnAuthor and the new Bebo spot, as of this week I’m now also on Facebook, Flickr and – my favourite toy at the moment! – LastFM. Yes, it’s “Jagmat 2.0″! ;p Heh. Well, anyway-! I haven’t got ‘em all set up exactly how I want ‘em just yet, but [...]

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Dipping a tentacle….

Hello! Yes – you, reading this! Are you on Bebo, by any chance?? I ask, because – encouraged by how well fings’ve been going as Jagmat (while at the same time, sigh, waiting for the Guestbook snafu to get sorted so folks can send me messages again) – I’ve just today taken my first clumsy [...]

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