Briercliffe Primary & Walverden Primary

It had been a while since my last trip to east Lancashire, so it was great to return to two schools where I had previously enjoyed successful visits. First up was a trip to Biercliffe Primary where I shared More Impossible Tales. The first session was with Year5/6 and was followed by Year3/4. The pupils…

Stanley Primary & Mereside Primary

A busy afternoon started at Stanley Primary. I had been invited to visit by Miss Wheatley to talk to Year 3 about Eric Appleby as they were studying the book in class. The children asked lots of ace questions and I even gave them a sneak peek of Danger Zone. Can’t wait to see the…

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…