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Reflecting on the passing of another year – and a decade!

As we approach the end of the year, I always take the time to think about my intentions for the year ahead and whether I stuck to, or achieved, what I had set out to for the current year. It’s also the end of a decade and this is a good opportunity for all of us to reflect on the last ten years. I ... READ the POST

Why schools should work with writers

Working with writers has the potential to improve the enjoyment, attitudes and confidence of pupils and teachers in both reading and writing, according to National Literacy Trust research. Data collected by the National School Library Survey, along with National Literacy Trust’s annual survey ... READ the POST

5 Things we can learn about creativity from our children

Unleash your creativity by rediscovering your inner child. Creativity is about putting your imagination to work. And when it comes to imagination, let’s face it, kids have it by the bucket load. As a creative writing tutor for children, I see this all the time and it never ceases to amaze me ... READ the POST

Oranges in No Mans Land – Book Review

My Year 6 son is currently studying Oranges in No Mans Land at school and my Year 8 daughter had chosen it from the library. As they were both reading it, my interest was piqued, and I sat down and read the whole book in one sitting. My daughter, spurred on by how quickly I'd gotten through it, ... READ the POST

What makes me happy – gratitude and positive thoughts

The first cup of coffee of the day. Waking up and realising it's the weekend and you don't have to get up so early. Clean, fresh sheets on the bed, cool and crisp. Wrapping up in a blanket when it's cold outside. Thick, knitted socks. Losing myself in my writing. Morning sunshine with the ... READ the POST

Is it worth going on a writing retreat?

I am sitting in a bedroom of a house dating back to the 1600s. The upstairs floor is so warped that my desk is at a slight angle. The white-washed walls are cracked and anything but smooth or symmetrical. I adore this room. It's cosy and charming and I keep finding new things to look ... READ the POST

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2020-02-28T13:13:38+00:00
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2020-02-28T13:13:54+00:00
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"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."
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2020-02-28T13:14:06+00:00
"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."

"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their...
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2020-02-28T13:14:19+00:00
"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their writing style."
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