Kincraig Primary

The final primary visit of the academic year took place at Kincraig Primary. The author assembly started with an explanation of the writing process. I think all of the drafts and the hours of editing blew the children’s minds! The children got to see Martin’s illustrations at the various stages of development. It never fails…

Wordpool Family Day 2018

This was my fifth Wordpool event and possibly the hottest! The event takes place at Stanley Park, Blackpool, with hundreds of families attending. The park is filled with lots of things to do and see and it’s completely free! This year saw performing trees, a circus tent, an elephant accompanied by a storyteller and some…

Chaucer Primary

It had been a couple of years since my last visit to Chaucer Primary, Fleetwood, so I was excited about returning. The morning kicked off with an author assembly for KS2. I explained the writing process and showed the children how the illustrations are created by Martin. The session finished with a performance of one…

Stanah Primary

It had been over two years since my last visit to Stanah, so it was great to return for a trio of visits. The first visit kicked off the week. I shared my writing adventure with Years 3 – 6 in morning assembly. The children discovered how a book is made from initial daydreaming to…

Hawes Side Academy & Lytham Hall Park Primary

I visited Hawes Side and Lytham Hall Park to share Danger Zone with a combined audience of around 500 fantastic children. The children heard about the process of writing the books. They even got to see how Martin creates his mind-blowing illustrations. I couldn’t visit without putting on the storytelling waistcoat to share an Impossible Tale.…

Lostock Hall Community Primary

This visit was booked in late 2017 so I’d been looking forward to it for a good while. The morning kicked off with a fast-paced author assembly in which I shared the last five years in half an hour! The children heard about the Tales and Eric’s adventures and got to see Martin’s marvellous illustrations…

Rosewood Primary School

This was my final trip of the academic year to the east Lancashire area. I hadn’t visited Rosewood before, which made it that extra bit exciting. The school is two-form entry so the hall was really full when the pupils had taken their places. The subsequent assembly allowed me to promote reading for pleasure and explain…

St Francis’ Catholic Primary

St Francis’ Primary is a small, rural school in Goosnargh, near Preston. This was my first visit to the school so I kicked off proceedings with an author assembly. All of the children attended, from Foundation Stage to Year 6. It was an absolute joy to share my writing adventure as the children listened intently.…

Carleton Green Primary

It was great to spend three mornings at Carleton Green Primary, a school literally round the corner from my house! The Year 5/6 pupils were studying the Amazon rainforest so I used a jungle-themed adventure opener as a writing stimulus. The text included lots of setting description along with plenty of mystery and tension. I…