Sacred Heart Catholic Primary

The trip to Sacred Heart Primary in Preston was a landmark visit. It was the 150th school I had visited since my writing adventure began in 2013. The morning started with a KS2 assembly. In thirty-five minutes I managed to explain what has happened in the last four years – phew! The children found out…

Moorside Primary Academy

It’s always extra special to make a visit to a school for the first time. Despite having to get up really early, I was really excited to get to Moorside Primary Academy in Skelmersdale. The morning kicked off with a whole school storytelling assembly. I put on the waistcoat to share ‘Pat On The Head’,…

Blackpool Libraries Summer ’17

Blackpool libraries have supported me from the off and I appreciate everything they have done. I was thrilled to bits when they offered to host a ‘launch tour’ for the new Eric Appleby book over the summer holidays. I visited four libraries over two weeks: Boundary Library, Moor Park Library, Palatine Library and Layton Library.…

Lancashire Libraries Summer ’17

It’s always lovely to put some library events in the diary. The first couple of visits during the summer holidays included sessions at two Lancashire libraries: Poulton and Fleetwood. Poulton Library was first up and a sizeable audience turned up to hear some stories. I shared three stories, two Impossible Tales and a traditional tale…

Marton Primary Academy

I visited Marton Primary twice during the final half term of the year. My first visit was part of a forest-themed event involving children from local nurseries. I shared a story about a little spider who uses his brain to overcome some of the most fearsome creatures in the forest. It’s a good story and…

Lea Community Primary

It was great to receive an invitation to visit Lea Primary to talk about writing my books as part of ‘Aspirations Week’. As it was my first visit to the school, I started right at the beginning. I explained to the Key Stage 2 pupils how my writing adventure started with a load of first…

Wordpool Family Day ’17

Wordpool Family Day is always one of the highlights on my calendar and the 2017 extravaganza lived up to expectation. It’s a huge outdoor event organised by staff at Blackpool libraries and the theme for 2017 was ‘Animal Antics’. Lots of different performers attended and there was lots to see and do, plus it was…