Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Pride of Place in Waterstones??

Apparently one of my books has pride of place in Waterstones, Sheffield!  Anyone in the vicinity please take a photograph!!!!

Writing fast and furious!

I am working furiously on my latest picture book.  It's really taking shape, and is so exciting I'm almost out of breath!  Come on Albie.  You can do it!

Posted via email from Caryl Hart, Children's Author

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Come and See me in Sheffield, 3 July

If you would like to come and meet me, and have some fun with some of my stories, then come to one of three Sheffield libraries next Saturday, 3 July.  Places are limited so you will need to book! 

Firth Park Library 10.00 - 11.30
To Book: Tel 0114 203 7433

Eccleshall Library 1.00 - 2.00
To Book: Tel 0114 203 7222

Central Library 3.30- 4.30
To Book: Tel 0114 273 4734

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A Tongue Twister for Natalie

My friend Natalie from Uttoxeter requested a story about sheep.  Well I can't write a story that quickly, but here is a tongue twister that I loved when I was her age...  Ready?  Now read this out loud six times, whilst standing on your head, drinking a glass of water:

The Sixth Sick Sheik's Sixth Sheep's Sick!

Go on.. give it a go (head stands optional)!


A friend bounded up to me today, full of excitement.  Why?  Because she had just seen Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate for sale in WH Smiths!  I know it sounds daft, but I still get so excited seeing my own books for sale in a real shop.  I wonder if I'll ever get used to it!!


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

101 Things You Didn't Know About Publishing #7

A lot of the children's authors I have met used to be teachers.  I guess that's to be expected but yesterday, I met an author who has a VERY different background.  Harriet Goodwin, author of The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 is actually a real live Opera Singer!  Well I never!
Great to meet you Harriet!
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Uttoxeter Festival of Reading

Wow!  What an amazing time I have had over the last two days!

I was at Picknalls First School on Monday, with about 300 nursery and infant children!  I have never seen so many small children in once place and ALL behaving IMPECCABLY!!  What lovely, responsive children there are in Uttoxeter!

We had great fun joining in with stories and making collages and making a LOT of noise with percussion instruments! 

Yesterday I was based at Windsor Park Middle School, working with about 90 Year 2s and 3s.  We made rhyme machines and made up lots of very silly rhymes.  In the afternoon, I was at the Uttoxeter Cinebowl with about 100 Year 1s 2s and 3s.  I dread to think what anyone outside thought of all the mooing, and baaing that was going on, but we had a great time!!

Thank you to Eleanor Shakespear from Thomas Alleyne's High School for all her hard work organising the festival, and to all the teachers who helped run the activities.  And of course, to all the fantastic children!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Ryecroft, not Ryelands!!

Well I don't know where I got the name Ryelands from - according to Natalie, it is a breed of sheep, and here is a picture to prove it.
I am hoping that I'm not going to be talking to a cinema full of bleating sheep on Tuesday!  Perhaps I'll bring my dog Roo, just in case!!

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Getting Ready for Uttoxeter Schools

I'm off down the road to Uttoxeter on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 June to take part in the Uttoxeter Festival of Reading organised by Thomas Alleyne's High School.

On Monday, I'll be working with Julia Jarman, Author of Class 2 at the Zoo and other fab stories.  We'll be visiting Picknalls First School where we are planning all sorts of fun activities for around 200 infant school children. 

Then on Tuesday I'm visiting Windsor Park Middle School to work with 3 classes of Year 3 and Year 4 children, then in the afternoon, I'm speaking at the Cinebowl to lots of children from the Ryecroft cluster of schools. 
Should be fun!!

By the way, don't bother ringing me on Wednesday, I'll be in bed!!

Caryl Hart
Children's Author

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Monday, 7 June 2010

Derbyshire Literature Festival

Alas, my last session for Derbyshire Literature Festival is now finished!
I have visited libraries in Shirebrook, Buxton and Pinxton, and hooked up the the library bus at Tibshelf.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures that I can show you yet, but we had a great time reading stories, making zizzers, cutting, sticking and gluing!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Derbyshire Literature Festival

Ahh, that's better. A nice cold glass of wine to round off a very busy day of workshops for the Derbyshire Literature Festival!

Today I visited children at Shirebrook and Buxton libraries, and we had lots of fun making up silly rhymes and using home made percussion instruments to play some poems.

What fun!