Sunday, 10 June 2018

My Favourite Football Books and other World Cup resources

Hi folks!

I'm sure you've already heard, but I believe there's a wee sport thing taking place this summer over in Russia. While football and reading may not be an obvious pairing, I've always held a place in my heart for both. So when my librarian friend George Kirk asked if I'd record a video recommending a few of my favourite football books I jumped at the chance. We're hoping that some of the football fans at George's school will be inspired to pick up a book to fill the gaps between matches! Anyway, I thought it was such a good idea, I decided to post the video in case anybody else found it useful. Watch it below or on my YouTube channel here.

On a similar theme, I finally found some time to make a Charlie Merrick's Misfits poster (see above) to add to my library display set. A3 and A4 sized posters in jpeg format can be downloaded here.

The Charlie Merrick 2018 WORLD CUP WALLCHART (above) is now also ready for download.

Finally . . . and I promise to wrap this up before we get dragged into extra-time and penalties . . . I've collected a few more links to various reading, writing and drawing resources that might be of interest in the current football crazy climate:

An 8 day scheme of work based on the Charlie Merrick football book is available on the TES website. (Please note - I had no involvement in the production of this resource, but I've been told by teachers that it's good. There's a small fee to download.)

The National Literacy Trust World Cup Kit Bag

The OUP Charlie Merrick Activity Pack, including design your own squad cards, comics and match sheet templates.

Finally my step-by-step guide to drawing a football action scene from the Guardian Children's Books website.

These and a few more links are also available via my website.

Thanks as always for your support. Have a great summer and enjoy the football!

Cheers for now,

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation

Hi folks,

I'm sure you're being bombarded with GDPR emails at the moment, so apologies for adding to the deluge. With that in mind, I'll keep this short.

First of all, thanks for originally signing up to receive these occasional ramblings – I hope they have been of interest. If you'd like them to stop, please click the Unsubscribe link at the end of this email. If you're happy to carry on, you don't need to do anything. 

OK, so now the GDPR bit . . . 
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Here's a link to Google's GDPR statement, if you'd like to read it.

Here's a link to my own general GDPR compliance statement and privacy policy for my website.

The bottom line is that I appreciate your support and would never pass on your information. I will continue to take reasonable measures to protect any personal data provided to me. I hope that puts your mind at rest (if you were worried in the first place!).

Thanks and best wishes

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Event News: Linton Children's Book Festival 19-20th May

Hi folks! If you're anywhere near Cambridge this weekend and feel like a FREE book festival, why not drop by Linton Children's Book Festival? 

Linton Village College is hosting a full weekend of events with some fantastic authors, poets and illustrators giving talks and workshops. Did I mention it was FREE!?

I'll be there on Sunday, running a couple of drawing and writing workshops. For further details of the full line up and booking info, click here

It would be great to see you there!