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Writing the next book – Billy’s Blitz

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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


Another award for Run Rabbit Run

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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


What I’m reading

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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!

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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.

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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

Posted on by Barbara Mitchelhill

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