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Lincoln Book Festival: Meeting Alison Weir and Sarah Gristwood

Lincoln Book Festival: Meeting Alison Weir and Sarah Gristwood

“You can’t beat an incompetent murderess,” says Sarah Gristwood, into the vast auditorium at Lincoln Drill Hall. A ripple of amusement makes its way through the crowd – it would seem you really can’t. The incompetent murderess in question is Eadburh, Queen of Wessex 787 AD to 802 AD. According to Bishop Asser’s Life of […]

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Dr Janina Ramirez and The Private Lives of the Saints

Dr Janina Ramirez and The Private Lives of the Saints

It’s seven o’clock on a Friday night and Dr Janina Ramirez is storming up and down the stage at Lincoln Drill Hall in a pair of massive platform boots, showing history what’s what. Tonight, we’re dealing with the saints – characters that walk the tricky line between factual history and the divine – the subject […]

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Meeting Dianne Setterfield

Meeting Dianne Setterfield

On her personal website, Dianne Setterfield describes herself as more of a reader than a writer but, with two novels already published and another nearing completion, she’s written more than the average reader. I met her last week, in the atrium of the Collection in Lincoln. Dianne is from Oxford, but had been to Lincoln […]

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YJA meets Kathryn Hughes

YJA meets Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn Hughes spent twenty years of her academic career researching the Victorians, before realizing that she didn’t know what it felt like to be a Victorian. She knew the facts, the dates and the statistics. She was able to analyse the political uprisings of the Chartists and assess Britain foreign policy, but unsure what it would feel […]

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TAKING THE RAP – LIVING WITH AUTISM

TAKING THE RAP – LIVING WITH AUTISM

At an early age, I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, which is a social and communicative learning difficulty affecting 1 in 100 people in the UK. This single-handedly changed my life…… for the better. There is no cure for my condition, and my parents were told I would never have any relationships, friendships nor receive […]

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My YJA Year

My YJA Year

Hi this is Amira from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy’s YJA team. Before my time at junior school comes to a close, I thought I’d reflect on my experiences in the Young Journalist Academy. Over the past year, our 20-strong team of journalists has written some amazing articles – just put Heighington in the search box […]

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Arsenal Sign Alexandre Lacazette for £46.5m

Arsenal Sign Alexandre Lacazette for £46.5m

The Frenchman, Alexandre Lacazette joined Arsenal on July the 5th for a club record signing. His price tag was £46.5m. The 26-year-old was signed from Lyon, a French League team. He scored a total of 100 goals and made 203 appearances for his ex-club. He arrives at Arsenal with a five-year contract deal. An emotional […]

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Can major sports stars get carried away by playing other sports? IMO #16

Can major sports stars get carried away by playing other sports? IMO #16

I’m Will from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy, I am a keen journalist and sports fan, that is why I’m re-launching my sport-based series of articles called IMO (standing for ‘in my opinion’).  I will add to this series once a month, so you can always look forward to some new sports articles arriving at the YJA website!   […]

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YJA’s Kobe in the Spotlight

YJA’s Kobe in the Spotlight

Now in his final year at Priory LSST, Kobe Tong has proved a remarkable ambassador for The Young Journalist Academy. I first met him some five years ago when he was a Year 8 applying for admission into the school’s first-ever YJA team. During that first interview, whilst he came across a shade on the […]

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Useless Christmas presents?

Useless Christmas presents?

Believe it or not, by Boxing Day people were returning their unwanted (and often useless) Christmas presents, It’s often overlooked that the whole point of Christmas is remembering the birth of Jesus, however, we all admit we love all the presents and the joy of giving and the happiness. Sadly, on the other hand, eBay […]