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Can 36 primary school children write a story together?

Can 36 primary school children write a story together?

[ 0 ] March 26, 2014 |

Our local primary school asked me to come in on World Book Day and work with nine classes, from ages 4 through 12, writing a whole-school story. Here’s what happened.

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Review: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce 2008

Review: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce 2008

[ 0 ] February 11, 2013 |

I’m doing a grand tour of all the best writing in my own novel’s age range, and Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Walden Pond Press/Harper Collins Children’s) is my favourite so far. The story opens with 12-year-old Liam trapped in a rocket that’s spun out-of-control beyond earth orbit. It uses the well-established diary device to […]

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Remember the space age?

Remember the space age?

[ 0 ] January 31, 2013 |

Yes, I have a soft spot for all things retro NASA. This startling vintage footage, the Apollo 16 lunar rover “Grand Prix,” is another reason I write science fiction for 9 to 11’s.

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What astronauts do

What astronauts do

[ 0 ] January 29, 2013 |

I came across this image on the NASA archives – these are the three crew members who died when a fire broke out in the Apollo 1 capsule. From left to right they were veteran astronaut Gus Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White and rookie Roger Chaffee.

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What makes a satisfying read?

What makes a satisfying read?

[ 0 ] January 28, 2013 |

Huge thanks go out to literary agents Lucy Juckes from Jenny Brown Associates, and Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross in Edinburgh who organized “Writing for Children Under 12 – The Inside Story” here in Edinburgh this January.

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