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…

Cherry Fold Community Primary

It was an early start when I travelled to Cherry Fold Primary, Burnley. The morning kicked off with an author assembly. The pupils listened intently as the events of the last five years were squeezed into forty minutes. I introduced Eric to the children and shared an Impossible Tale. It was a pleasure to promote…

Lea Endowed C of E Primary

The final visit of the half term took place at Lea Endowed CE Primary, Preston. It was my first visit to the school so the morning kicked off with an author assembly to get the pupils up to speed with the events of the last five years. I explained the writing process behind the Tales…

Staining CE Primary

It had been over two years since my last visit to Staining CE so it was lovely to return. The morning started with a whole-school author assembly. The children discovered how the books are written and I received lots of shocked responses when I showed the pupils all six draft manuscripts. Martin provided a ‘virtual’…

St Leonard’s CE Primary

I had a great time when I visited St Leonard’s earlier in the year so I was particularly looking forward to returning. The morning was spent with the Year 6 pupils. We explored nasty characters from books the children had read then moved on to look at two of my favourite baddies: Mrs Trunchbull and…

Fleetwood High School

It was lovely to receive an invitation to return to Fleetwood HS to share the latest update on my writing adventure. As the Y7 students entered the hall, it was great to see lots of familiar faces from past primary visits. It was a joy to share Danger Zone with the students. They saw the…