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I was in a very lovely bookshop this morning looking for picture books that represent the wonderful variety in this genre of children's publishing. After my positive experience with the WI audition (see previous post on 'Inspiring the WI') I realised that I didn't have nearly enough books (enough books is definitely an oxymoron!). So [...]

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This time last Tuesday I was anxiously awaiting my turn to speak in front of an audience of about 100 very influential ladies. These ladies had assembled from various WI branches to put four of us through our paces as potential WI registered speakers. The WI aims to 'inspire women'. I was hoping to inspire [...]

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On Monday evening I was luck enough to be in the audience listening to Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston talk about their journey in creating 'A Child of Books' (Walker Books). This book is really a hymn to the power and joy of stories (especially in books). I had bought it previously and I must confess, [...]

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Last weekend I was in Plymouth for a long anticipated (by me anyway!) event at Waterstones, Drakes Circus. I love doing book shop events because I get to spend the whole day surrounded by books and people who love them. It's always fun to meet new people and if nobody comes then I get to [...]

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You're never too old for a bedtime story! Recently we were invited to lend support to the Book Trust #TimeToRead campaign. We've always read with our daughter, A, who is now 11. Although A is well able to read by herself, we all enjoy investing a bit of time reading aloud together. Hubby Dave often leaves [...]

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