Bats, door mice and hedgehogs! - blog post image

Bats, door mice and hedgehogs!

Did you know bats, door mice and hedgehogs are the only British animals that hibernate - they’ll be waking up about now!  

The Woodland Trust - blog post image

The Woodland Trust

The charity of the month for March was chosen by Susan Russell, author of A Jar Full of Angel Feathers reviewed on The Bookshelf last year.   

Twenty Things You Ought to Know About Pigs - blog post image

Twenty Things You Ought to Know About Pigs

I thought this list from the fabulous Secret Life of Cows (by Rosamund Young) might be interesting for anybody wanting to feature a pig in the cast of their next story. 

Action For Conservation - blog post image

Action For Conservation

I've made no secret of my adoration of The Lost Words (reviewed here) so it won't surprise you to learn that February's Charity is Action For Conservation, dedicated to inspiring young people to take action for the natural world and to the next generation of conservationists.  

The Phantom Lollipop Man! - blog post image

The Phantom Lollipop Man!

Review to follow (busy week!) but, as you can see, I adored this hence its position as the March Book of the Month!  



Igniting Writing is a creative writing club hosted at Wokingham Library and completely free to attend. The club provides a fun, relaxed atmosphere where 11-18 year-olds can develop their storytelling and writing skills. Writing can be a bit of a solitary activity, so this provides a great opportunity for teens to come together and write as a group, share their imaginative story ideas with others and build friendships with other young aspiring writers. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings, 10:30am to 12noon, and focus on a different aspect of writing every week, from creating characters and settings to exploring genres like sci-fi, fantasy and beyond. Roughly once a month Igniting Writing also hosts 'guest speaker' sessions, where local authors, poets, journalists and other people experienced in the world of writing come and share their knowledge and advice – it's a chance to get the inside scoop from the pros!