Autumn Term 2019

It’s been a flying start to the new academic year. I’ve visited twelve schools during the first half term, some that I’ve previously been to, 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 new school library. Visits…

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…

Spring Term 2019

Another busy term saw visits to twenty primary schools and a high school where I delivered author assemblies, writing workshops and storytelling sessions. In addition, there was a guest speaker slot at the launch of an English Hub in Blackpool and a storytelling appearance at a reading festival in Preston. Phew! Take a look at…

2018 Autumn Term 2

What an incredibly busy half term! I visited fifteen primary schools, two high schools and an FE college across the North West in a whirlwind eight-week period. I wrote with hundreds of children, performed stories with thousands more and even squeezed in some time working with students who were preparing themselves for life in the…

Torrisholme Community Primary

Most of my writing workshops take place with KS2 children or high school students. Occasionally, I am asked to write with KS1 pupils. When Mrs Kippax asked me to work with her Y1 pupils as part of their ‘Awesome Authors’ topic, I jumped at the chance. The theme for the morning was pirates. To start…

Stanah Primary

I was booked to visit Stanah on a number of days across a week in October. The first visit kicked off the week with an author assembly. I shared Eric’s new adventure with the pupils during a whole school session. The children listened beautifully throughout. To finish the session, I put on the storytelling waistcoat…