World Book Day 2021

If I’m honest, I was worried that WBD 2021 might not be able to happen. Covid and repeated lockdowns had changed everything and rather than visiting schools I was busy creating virtual options to keep the book buzz alive. Well I need not have worried! Schools and youth groups adapted, evolved and completely embraced the…

National Storytelling Week 2021

National Storytelling Week 2021 evolved into a two-week storytelling extravaganza! All visits were virtual this year, because of Covid-19, but the storytelling action wasn’t affected. I spent time working with a range of ages, from Nursery to Year 8 in the UK and even overseas. Zooms with schools in Bedfordshire and Lancashire, plus an international…

It’s Great To Be Back!

After six months out of schools due to Covid-19 it was wonderful to reboot my school events with a visit to St Johns CE Primary, Blackpool. Year 4 had been studying one of my Impossible Tales and reading Eric Appleby: Zero To Hero as their class reader. During the morning, we picked apart an ‘unseen…

YouTube Launch

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, life for most of us has been put on hold. As of March 16th 2020 all of my events for the forseeable future were cancelled or postponed. All that matters at the moment is that everyone stays safe and well. Whilst I am unable to make it in person…

Spring Term 2020

2020 kicked off with a busy first half-term! I visited ten primaries and two libraries across the North West, delivering storytelling sessions and writing workshops. Highlights included a first-time visit to Wigan when I shared stories at Standish library as part of National Storytelling Week – what a treat that was! Hopefully I’ll get to…

Autumn Term 2019

It’s been a flying start to the new academic year. I’ve visited seventeen schools, some multiple times, during the Autumn Term. There’s been a few that I’ve previously visited, as well as sharing stories and writing with pupils in schools that were new to me. I even took part in the celebrations to open a…

Summer Library Events 2019

It’s always great to spend time in lots of fab libraries whilst the schools are closed for the summer holidays and this year were no different. I held writing workshops for Blackpool libraries and Lancashire libraries and performed my stories at some of their libraries too. Big thanks to the staff at Palatine Library, Moor…

Summer Term 2019

The academic year finished with a blur of events! I visited eleven primary and high schools to share stories and write with the pupils, delivered a guest speaker presentation at a reading conference and performed my stories at reading festivals in Blackpool and Barrow-in-Furness. Writing the books is ace, but getting out on the road…

Wordpool Family Day 2019

This event is one of the highlights of my storytelling year and I was thrilled to bits to be invited back for a sixth Family Day appearance. The theme for the day was ‘Out Of This World’ so Stanley Park in Blackpool was filled with lots of space themes and aliens. Performances, storytelling and lots…

Library Events

It has been great to work with the staff at some local libraries to organise a range of public events. I’ve delivered writing workshops with local children at Fleetwood Library on Saturday mornings, visited the library @TheGrange in Blackpool to celebrate the first birthday of the building and made a welcome storytelling return to Freckleton…