I am the author of The Butterfly Heart (Walker Books) and The Sleeping Baobab Tree (release date 5th May 2013. Both books are set in Zambia. This blog is about writing and about things that interest me. I also have a blog at www.thebutterflyheart.net with more on my books, Zambia and the issue of child marriage

 

Welcome in our class, our school and our universe

Welcome in our class, our school and our universe

This warmed my heart today – the plays referred to in the letter are plays the class (a combined 4th and 5th Class) put on, each group taking a different section of the book. They were absolutely brilliant.

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Dear Paula,

We FINISHED reading ‘The Sleeping Baobab Tree’ today.  In the words of Leah Anderson (5th Class) we have mixed emotions.  Every school day is going to be different from now…

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CBI Awards Shortlist 2014

CBI Awards Shortlist 2014

A dkayed post … I had written this a week ago when they were announced but it ended up in drafts!

So, here goes. I was thrilled to hear that my second book, The Sleeping Baobab Tree is on the 2014 shortlist for the CBI Awards.

.. So a big thank you to the judges for considering my book worthy of the honour. I am one of eight authors on the list and here’s what CBI said about it all …

Shortlist…

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Hello Nelson. Cool shirt!

Hello Nelson. Cool shirt!

Yesterday on World Book Day while I was in Galway I did a small exercise with one of the groups, from Scoil Ida. It was on the subject of Mandela.

I was delighted to hear that they knew so much about him and so obviously admired him. Fair play to the teachers concerned!

I thought I would write down some of the things they wrote, which were things they would like to say to him if he had visited…

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Crawling with ghosts

This post  could not, in all honesty, be called a written post. No writing needed. What follows is a series of pictures drawn by Ms Mackey’s 4th and 5th Class in St.

Crawling with ghosts

This post  could not, in all honesty, be called a written post. No writing needed. What follows is a series of pictures drawn by Ms Mackey’s 4th and 5th Class in St.

The Squonk, (in)humanity and luckI do not usually write personal posts, but a question put to me yesterday by one of my daughters…View Post

The Squonk, (in)humanity and luck

I do not usually write personal posts, but a question put to me yesterday by one of my daughters…

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Is it alright to do wrong, to do right?

Spent the morning with Orla Mackey’s 4th and 5th Split class (or should that be combined class?) It was a treat.

I was greeted with a beautiful rendition of Siyahamba – word perfect they were .. it sounded beautiful. I have videoed part of it and will…

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Lubuto Libraries“When I come to the library I feel like I am coming to a place that is safe, important, no…View Post

Lubuto Libraries

“When I come to the library I feel like I am coming to a place that is safe, important, no…

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Madiba

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I, along with millions of other people, learnt last night of the death of Nelson Rolihlala Mandela.  And yes, he was 95 years old and he was very ill so it was not unexpected. But that doesn’t matter. He may have been 95 years old, he may have been very…

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When she was bad, she was horridSaw an interesting comment by Michael Connelly, writer of the Harry Bosch series. On being asked…View Post

When she was bad, she was horrid

Saw an interesting comment by Michael Connelly, writer of the Harry Bosch series. On being asked…

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One Book Project - Kilkenny City Vocational and Grennan College

Really looking forward to working with the students at Grennan College in Thomastown and Kilkenny City Vocational School on a One Book Project with The Sleeping Baobab Tree.

I will be working with the English Teachers and students as they do what will…

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