Westgate Primary

I love visiting schools and it’s always an extra bit special to visit a school for the first time. The morning at Westgate kicked off with a KS2 author assembly. In forty minutes, the children discovered what I’d been doing for the last four years! I explained about the Tales and Eric and even pulled…

World Book Day Week 2018

Tuesday saw a visit to Singleton Primary to share Danger Zone with the KS2 pupils. It was an action-packed hour filled with secret sessions about the book, sneaky peeks at the illustrations during development and the storytelling waistcoat even made an appearance! A top visit. Thanks Mrs Millward for organising the session and the book…

St Leonard’s CE Primary

It’s always extra special to visit a school for the first time, so I couldn’t wait to visit St Leonard’s. The morning kicked off with a whole school assembly. I explained to the children how I wrote my first book aged ten right through to the publication of the latest Eric Appleby adventure. I even…

Marsden Community Primary

I was excited to receive an invitation from Marsden Primary in Nelson to design then deliver a series of writing sessions with some of the Year 4 and 5 pupils. The six sessions covered lots of different aspects of story writing including characterisation, setting, creating action sequences and tension and forming endings. Over the six…

Moor Park Library

It had been a while since my last library session so it was great to visit Moor Park Library to share some stories. The fact the event coincided with Valentine’s Day just proved my love of libraries! I put on the storytelling waistcoat to share a couple of the Tales with a bumper crowd. The…

Barnoldswick CE Primary

I visited Barnoldswick in 2016 and had a marvellous time, so it was great to be invited back. After driving through some really snowy conditions, I kicked off the morning with an author assembly. The children discovered how the books were created. I talked through the writing/editing process and even showed the children the illustrations…

Boundary Primary

I spent the last academic year as Patron of Reading at Boundary Primary. It was lovely to return to work with Year 5. I’d been asked to work with the children on creating a ‘legend-style’ story to fit in with their literacy topic. After much thought, I decided to use one of the Impossible Tales…

Pendle Primary Academy

It had been two years since my last visit to PPA, so it was great to return. The morning kicked off with an author assembly. I got the children up to speed with the books that have launched since my last visit. They discovered how much editing it takes to create a story and saw…

Christ Church CE Primary

It was great to return to Christ Church for my fourth visit. It’s a really lovely place and always a joy to return, especially to mark the start of the 2018 school events. The morning started with an author assembly. It had been sixteen months since my last visit so I had plenty to tell…

Nelson & Colne College

When the opportunity arose to visit Nelson and Colne College, I jumped at the chance. Before the visit I spent time designing a presentation entitled ‘Engaging young readers and writers’, which was to be delivered to childcare level 2/3 students at the college. The session started with an explanation of my journey – from teacher…