[MEDIA] Talking ‘Digital Image’ with Paul Hammond for @UCBMedia #SID2017

The following came through on a newswire, based upon a survey by the UK Safer Internet Centre (organisation behind Safer Internet Day), and I looked forward to chatting to Paul Hammond again, on this topic (and here’s some of the thoughts I prepared): Research conducted to coincide with the annual safer internet day reveals that just under half of British children are scared to use the internet, worried about online bullying or strangers asking them to do things Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf17 #1: Ink by @alicecrumbs

Ink, the first of a trilogy, is set in a world where every significant thing you do, whether good or bad, is tattooed on your skin for everyone to see. There are no secrets. When you die, if you are deemed worthy, your tattoos are made into a book and so you can live on for eternity. When Leora’s father dies, she discovers there’s something missing from his book – and her world starts to Continue Reading →

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND ALL PRAYERS FOR 2017! #ChristmasCard

So … it’s nearly the end of 2016! Hurrah, say many of you! So, it’s time for my e-Christmas card! For the first time this year, alongside Advent material from Brian Draper and Embrace the Middle East, I’ve decided to do a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar‘, either to go to Trussell Trust, or a local charity I’ve become aware of – Re:dish, because one of the challenges of 2016 that there has been (aside from the Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #28: The Falcons of Montabard by @Chadwickauthor (Time Warner, 2003)

As a long-term fan of Georgette Heyer, typically regency novels are more my type of historical novel, but I’ve been playing with a few others – another £1 charity shop buy – I enjoyed The Falcons of Montabard – I’ve got very little knowledge of that period, but judging by the extra-reading offered at the end, it seems well researched, and the story was well paced – giving insights into the brutal realities of living life in Continue Reading →

Raising Children in a Digital Age described as ‘thoroughly researched’ by @FosterCareCoOp

Really appreciated this review of Raising Children in a Digital Age, by Lynn Findlay, which you can read fully on The Foster Care Co-Operative Blog: Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #8: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (via @TansyJTweets)

Thanks Tansy for buying this for my birthday last year … get me reading it before the next birthday has rolled around 🙂 Another book that may have taken me into another early morning read on the second night of reading!! Harold Fry, retired but 6 months, receives a letter from a friend (who he hasn’t seen for 20 years, and who he feels he has wronged) who is dying from cancer. He decides to Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #5 #6 #7: The Jewel, The House of the Stone, The White Rose @amyewingbooks

I spoke at an event for children’s librarians a couple of year’s ago, and one of the perks was getting copies of books that were recently, or shortly to be, published. When I’m tired I get particular joy out of reading teenage fiction – it’s generally got quite an inspirational, moral line but accompanied by easy reading. The Hunger Games and Divergent are both on the list of series I’ve enjoyed – ones that have worlds that Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #4: The Perfect Sinner by Will Davenport

So, it’s full on into a new term, so light-weight fiction is generally what I’m looking forward to at the end of the day to send me off to sleep… although I seem to keep picking ones that I want to know so much more about. The Perfect Sinner was a slow starter for me .. it starts with Sir Guy de Bryan (one of the First Knights of the Garter) watching his Chantry being built as Continue Reading →