Layton Primary

I spent fifteen years at Layton working as a teacher, so it’s always extra special when I return to share my books with the pupils. Over three-hundred KS2 children listened attentively for nearly fifty minutes as I explained the writing and illustrative process that went into making Danger Zone. They saw all six drafts of…

Clifton Primary & Stanley Primary

The half term ended with two more Danger Zone assemblies. First up was a trip to Clifton Primary in St Annes. It was my fourth visit to the school and it’s always a lovely place where I’m made to feel very welcome. The children listened beautifully as I talked them through the various drafts of…

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…