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…

Marton Primary Academy

I visited Marton Primary twice during the final half term of the year. My first visit was part of a forest-themed event involving children from local nurseries. I shared a story about a little spider who uses his brain to overcome some of the most fearsome creatures in the forest. It’s a good story and…

Lea Community Primary

It was great to receive an invitation to visit Lea Primary to talk about writing my books as part of ‘Aspirations Week’. As it was my first visit to the school, I started right at the beginning. I explained to the Key Stage 2 pupils how my writing adventure started with a load of first…

Wordpool Family Day ’17

Wordpool Family Day is always one of the highlights on my calendar and the 2017 extravaganza lived up to expectation. It’s a huge outdoor event organised by staff at Blackpool libraries and the theme for 2017 was ‘Animal Antics’. Lots of different performers attended and there was lots to see and do, plus it was…