The new half term started with a trip to Lancaster. After visiting a year ago with Impossible Tales, I was invited back to Ellel St John’s CE Primary to share Eric and More Impossible Tales. It was a delight to talk about the writing and illustrating process with the pupils. To finish the assembly, I put on the storytelling waistcoat to share one of the new Tales. I then spent the rest of the morning visiting the Key Stage 2 classes to answer the children’s questions and sign copies of my books. I had a great time at Ellel Primary and I’d like to thank Mrs Fitzgerald for organising the morning.

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The second event of the half term featured a first-time visit to St Thomas’ CE Primary in St Annes. I managed to talk about all three books and tell one of the Tales in 45 minutes, which I think is a record! The children were fantastic and it was ace to share my writing adventure with them and the staff. To finish the visit, I popped in to each class and answered questions and signed books. Thanks go to Mrs Greer for organising the session.

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I’d visited Bispham Endowed CE Primary a few times before and I’m always made to feel very welcome. It was a joy to share More Impossible Tales with the pupils and the story I told the children went down a treat. It’s a particularly horrible story and to see the children’s reactions was amazing. They groaned, screwed up their faces and laughed in all the right places. I’d like to thank Mrs Bell and Miss Haslam for organising the session.

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The fourth visit of the half term was to Larkholme Primary. I had a great time earlier in the year to share Eric and the original Tales, so I was looking forward to returning. The Key Stage 2 pupils listened ever so well as I shared More Impossible Tales. Their reactions were priceless to the retelling of ‘Pat on the Head’ – lots of groans and shocked expressions. Thanks go to Miss Furber for organising the visit, I had an ace time.

Four more schools visits have seen stories shared with around 800 children. I’ve loved every minute!

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