Author Archives: Barbara Mitchelhill

A memorable World Book Day

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This year I had World Book Day at the Marches School in Oswestry.  I was met by a wonderful librarian who had everything organised right down to the last cup of coffee and glass of water and… you should have … Read More


An invitation to a special tube station

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

In my book, Billy’s Blitz, I wrote about an incident that happened in Balham tube station during WW2 when a bomb fell on the tube station killing many people who were there sheltering from the Blitz. In the story, Billy … Read More


Writing the next book – Billy’s Blitz

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When I read an account of a dramatic episode which had happened in 1940 in Balham, near London, it gave me the idea to write book set in World War 2. (I’d already written Run Rabbit Run which was set in that period.) … Read More


Writing for children

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I have been featured as a guest blogger on a writer’s blog here:  http://bit.ly/10DFZQs My post is about how I wrote A Twist of Fortune – a thrilling adventure set in Victorian England.  I hope you like it!  You can … Read More


Visit to Altrincham College of Arts

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It’s almost a year since I made the Tudor costumes for pupils to try on at events for Road to London.  Here are two pupils from Altrincham College of Arts wearing the clothes Thomas and Alice might have worn.  We … Read More


Writing ‘A Twist of Fortune’

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When I first read the words ‘Devil’s Acre’, I wanted to learn why part of London should be given such a terrifying label.  It turned out that Charles Dickens had given it that name, doubtless he visited many times on … Read More


Book Award Ceremonies

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Sometimes an email flies into my In Box which makes me particularly excited.  It will say that I’ve been nominated for a book award.  After reading it twice to make sure I’ve got it right, I stop work, phone friends … Read More


A Writer’s Christmas

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Christmas is a wonderful time and it’s no less so for writers.  At this time of year, I have a lull in my work process and it’s time to go shopping for presents and it’s time to cook all those … Read More


West Sussex Book Award November 2012

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It’s always a pleasure to travel down to Sussex.  For one thing, it’s a long journey – and I love the opportunity to sit back with a cup of coffee and read a good book (in this case Sarah Thornhill … Read More


Check, Check, Check!

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I finished writing  A Twist of Fortune three weeks ago and sent it off to my publisher.  The editor read it and made very helpful comments – a bit like a teacher. I made some changes and when the book … Read More