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

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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


Finishing the next book!

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Since early this year, I’ve been writing A Twist of Fortune – story set in Victorian times about three children who go and live with their Aunt Maud and Uncle Bert in the very worst part of London called Devil’s … Read More


Another award for Run Rabbit Run

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What a fantastic evening in London for the Historical Association’s Book Award.  There were lots of people there including several TV presenters and we all milled around chatting and eating nibbles – and a good time was had by all. … Read More


Stockton Book of the Year Award

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I had a wonderful time at the Stockton Book of the Year Award. Lots of children came and talked about the books that had been shortlisted. It was great fun until the time came for the award to be announced … Read More


Tudor Clothes for Boys

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I’ve been working away trying to finish making the outfit for my boy character, Thomas Munmore, before publication date for my new book, Road to London on April 3rd.    I finished sewing Alice’s clothes some time ago (see the … Read More


Stone Book Festival

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Yesterday, I went to Stone which is a lovely market town in the heart of Staffordshire with a lively interest in books.  I met up with over a hundred children in the library which is in the High Street and … Read More


Filming the trailer for Road to London – 1

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    Two weeks ago I went to the studio at Staffordshire University’s film department to watch the studio shoot for my new book Road to London. I was amazed at the size of the studio, the amount of equipment, … Read More


Tudor girl’s clothes.

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

My new book Road to London is and adventure about a boy, Thomas Munmore.  He is desperate to become a famous actor like William Shakespeare and so he runs away to London.  On the way, he meets a girl called Alice Trowte … Read More


What I’m reading

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For those who love action-packed fantasy, this is a must.  Set in Venice in 1846, it’s the story of Talina whose parents disappear so that she is forced to go and live in a tower with her Guardian and his … Read More


A Writer at Work

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Yes, this is a picture of me working hard.  You can see that Ella is sitting near me to make sure I get the work done.  I’m actually checking the proofs of Road to London which will be published at the beginning of … Read More


Meeting up for coffee

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Yesterday, I dropped into the headquarters of the Shropshire Schools Library Service to have coffee with the wonderfully energetic Pam Parish.  Sitting in her office, surrounded by books, we chatted about all those things that librarians and writers talk about. … Read More


Brilliant News!

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What a week!  I heard that Run Rabbit Run has been nominated for the Carnegie Children’s Book Award.  That was exciting enough but two days later I heard that it had been nominated for the Northern Ireland Children’s Book Award. … Read More


First attempt at the red petticoat

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The next thing I must do is stitch the hem and put on a waistband.  Of course, I have a sewing machine and so I’ll be cheating a bit.  There were no sewing machines  in the Tudor period.  It must … Read More


Starting the costumes again.

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Yes, I know I said I was making Tudor outfits.  I know it’s been ages since I made that first undershirt and took it to the school down the lane to see if it was a good size for a … Read More


Cliffdale and Barrowby School, Grantham

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Last week I went to two wonderful schools. – Barrowby and Cliffdale School near Grantham.  How about this red uniform?  What a fabulous colour!  Plaid skirts, too.   Fina Martinez was there to help me (you can just see her at … Read More


Making Tudor Outfits

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

I bet you think writers spend all their time writing, don’t you? Well, this week I’ve been doing something different. I began making Tudor outfits so that I will be able to take them into schools when my next book … Read More