The Polka Dot Pen

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Her name was Sally Ann Thompson. Her favourite colour pink. She liked to write. It emptied the thoughts from her head, so she said. It was her birthday, sweet sixteen. I came along in a beautiful rose pink box with a satin ribbon, and when she unwrapped me, there I was laid on a piece… Read more »

Worksop Schools

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Another fab school visit. Thank you Norbridge Academy for hosting with children from 4 other schools in the area. What a great day we all had. Thank you for some of your lovely comments and I really felt at the end of the day I had bonded with all the children. I didn’t want to… Read more »

Rianbo’s Travels

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I just love the Rianbo’s Travels series – and just to confirm – the three new titles will be available for World Book Day this year. UK World Book Day 7th March 2019. So we now have; Rianbo’s Travels. Rianbo goes to Mexico. Rianbo goes to New York. Rianbo goes to Beijing. Rianbo goes to… Read more »

New School Visits page

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I have created a new page for annamckann.com – called School Visits. Before I begin again in 2019 , and before I post anything else on the page, take a look at the image below at one of my first schools from nearly ten tears ago! Cliff School – Wakefield.       Where does… Read more »

What Inspires You?

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What Inspires you?   A question that I ask the children in my creative writing workshop. Some of the answers are awesome. Others quite simple but so beautiful. Like the 9 year old who answered, ‘my dad inspires me.’ Awh!   The dictionary definition of the word inspiration is;- An inspiring or animating action or… Read more »

Bologna. Oh Bologna

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Yesterdays blog brought to mind some of the other wonderful places I have had the privilege to visit. Bologna being one of them. Several people have said how much they love the poem that I wrote whilst in Bologna, so just uploaded it – please read and enjoy. Meanwhile – not forgotten about Seville!  … Read more »

Rianbo out and about

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Me and my doll will travel! Recently, I have had the opportunity to visit the most amazing Spanish city – Seville. Will tell you more about that in my next blog. Meanwhile, this was followed by another quick visit to London to the Society of Women Writer’s and Journalists Autumn meeting. I don’t know who… Read more »

A little encouragement!

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    I felt led to write this short article to encourage someone. Then perhaps I’m the one who needs the encouragement. Oh my gosh, how we all need a little encouragement from time to time, don’t we?   Yes, there’s always someone somewhere thinking of giving up. What phrases come to mind? ‘It’s too… Read more »

London Bound

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Just on my way home from a quick visit to London and the only words that kept circling my mind were, ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here.’ Not that I consider myself a celebrity by any means, but it’s a phrase that comes to one’s mind when we find ourselves in situations that… Read more »