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STOP PRESS: every customer to buy more than two items (excluding ebooks) from my shop this week (by end of Friday 21st Nov) will receive one of my books, of their choice,...

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Young readers talk about libraries – please listen

Last week I did a talk for some senior librarians from ASCEL about Reading, Literacy and the Brain, as part of a brilliantly organsied conference. In the audience...

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They have asked us for books!

This morning I helped launch the annual Children’s Giving Tree at Blackwells in Edinburgh. I didn’t know I was going to be asked to make a speech –...

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Dyslexia – a fun competition!

Monday is the start of Dyslexia Awareness Week and I want to do something both to mark it and promote Dyslexia Scotland. I’m one of Sir Jackie Stewart’s Dyslexia...

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Keep images safe online

Many parents know (and worry) about all the ways young people share pictures of themselves online. And we can all imagine the horror of discovering that a photo...

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