In January 2016 I visited Delph Side Community Primary for the first time. I had a cracking time and the children and staff made me feel really welcome and my time in the school was valued. When the school contacted me again about a visit to celebrate the opening of the new library, I jumped at the chance.

The morning started off with a whole school author assembly. I shared all three books with the pupils. They listened really well as I talked them through Eric’s adventure and the Tales. I think they were a bit shocked when I displayed all of the edited manuscripts. Hopefully the pupils won’t complain next time their teachers ask them to edit their work.

The plan for the rest of the morning was for me to visit every class in the school, from Nursery to Year 6, to share a story. I don’t think I’ve ever squeezed eight stories into one morning, but I managed! After putting on the storytelling waistcoat I told different stories that featured cow pats, pirates and false teeth to the different classes. I was worn out by lunch, but I had a great time. The children were a credit to their school and you could have heard a pin drop in each class. The children’s focus and concentration levels blew me away!

I was lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the new library. It really is a fantastic space.

Many thanks go to Mr Holding for organising the visit. I thoroughly enjoyed my second visit to Delph Side and I wish the pupils many happy hours of reading in their new library.