Blackpool Sixth Form College

In 1994 I sat my A-levels at Blackpool Sixth Form College before leaving to go on to uni to train as a teacher. At that time, I didn’t think I would ever return as an author, but twenty-three years later that’s exactly what happened during the final event of the half term. When Helen Crowther…

Manor Beach Primary

My last visit to Manor Beach was in December 2016. I had a great time sharing ‘More Impossible Tales’, so it was lovely to be invited back to lead a storytelling assembly and two writing workshops. The morning started with a storytelling session in the hall with all of the Key Stage 2 pupils. The…

Baines High School

I spent two mornings at Baines High School writing with some of the Year 7 students. I enjoyed every minute! The pupils had been working on a topic called ‘Heroes & Villains’ during the half term. Before the visit, I prepared a piece of writing about a nasty kid, who I felt could take on…

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary

I headed across to East Lancashire for a morning of writing and storytelling at St Joseph’s Primary, Barnoldswick. It was my first visit to the school and the morning started with an assembly. Year 1 to 6 heard about the writing process involved in producing the books as well as seeing Martin’s illustrations at the…

Marsden Community Primary

It was an early start to get to Marsden Primary in Nelson. I hadn’t visited before, so I was especially excited. The morning started with an author assembly. Marsden is quite a large school, but we fitted the 240 Key Stage 2 pupils into the hall. The children discovered how the stories are created and…

Ellel St John’s CE Primary

I had visited Ellel St John’s Primary a couple of times during the last two years to share the books. I was always made to feel welcome and my time valued. When Mrs Fitzgerald, the deputy headteacher, invited me back to write with some of the pupils, I jumped at the chance. The sessions were…