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…

Carleton Green Primary

After many previous visits, I was thrilled to return to Carleton Green Primary during November and early December to work with a group of writers. Week one saw the children introduced to a piece of unpublished text. We looked at it from the point of view of a writer to understand what I wanted the…

Moorside Academy

It was an early start to get to Moorside Academy in Skelmersdale. The morning started with an assembly in the hall. Year 2 through to Year 6 joined the session and in a fast-paced forty minutes I managed to explain how the books are made. I even made time to put on the storytelling waistcoat…

Clifton Primary

I visited Clifton Primary in October to share Danger Zone with the pupils – we had a great time. It was lovely to be invited back to write with the Year 6 pupils. We started the session off by discussing nasty characters from books the pupils had read. Lots of great examples featured and it…

Park High School

In 2016 I visited Park High School, Colne and had a fantastic afternoon with a group of Year 9 pupils. It was lovely to return to work with students from Year 7 and 8. The morning started with a session involving a group of Year 7 students. The pupils had been looking at story openings…

St Chad’s CE Primary

It had been three years since my last visit to St Chad’s CE Primary so it was lovely to return. The first day kicked off with an author assembly. I shared the books and explained how they are created from scratch. The children formed a top audience and it was a pleasure to share my…