Library Events

It has been great to work with the staff at some local libraries to organise a range of public events. I’ve delivered writing workshops with local children at Fleetwood Library on Saturday mornings, visited the library @TheGrange in Blackpool to celebrate the first birthday of the building and made a welcome storytelling return to Freckleton…

Spring Term 2019

Another busy term saw visits to twenty primary schools and a high school where I delivered author assemblies, writing workshops and storytelling sessions. In addition, there was a guest speaker slot at the launch of an English Hub in Blackpool and a storytelling appearance at a reading festival in Preston. Phew! Take a look at…

2018 Autumn Term 2

What an incredibly busy half term! I visited fifteen primary schools, two high schools and an FE college across the North West in a whirlwind eight-week period. I wrote with hundreds of children, performed stories with thousands more and even squeezed in some time working with students who were preparing themselves for life in the…

Summer Storytelling 2018

  It’s always one of the highlights of the year when I visit my local libraries to share some stories. Six library visits took place across two weeks in August. These gigs are always important because I usually take some time off from performing in the summer, so they are great to get back into…

Wordpool Family Day 2018

This was my fifth Wordpool event and possibly the hottest! The event takes place at Stanley Park, Blackpool, with hundreds of families attending. The park is filled with lots of things to do and see and it’s completely free! This year saw performing trees, a circus tent, an elephant accompanied by a storyteller and some…

@TheGrange

I love sharing my stories in libraries. When Blackpool Libraries asked me to be part of the Boundary Library reopening event I jumped at the chance. When they asked me to be the ‘special guest’ and deliver a speech and cut the ribbon, I was gobsmacked! @The Grange is a fab project based in one…

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…

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…

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…