Bispham Endowed C.E. Primary

I had visited Bispham Endowed a couple of times with my books but this was my first writing visit. The task was to create a short write about a nasty character called Bazza Simmons and the Year 6 group I was working with were enthusiastic and clearly loved writing. We started by reading an extract…

Barnoldswick CE Primary

I made an early start to head to Barnoldswick CE Primary for my first visit to the school. The morning started in Year 5. The pupils were keen to ask lots of questions before we started writing so I explained about my favourite book, where I get my story ideas from and what inspired me…

Park Primary

It was an early start to get to Colne for a morning of storytelling and writing. The morning kicked off with a storytelling assembly with all of the children from Y1 – 6. The hall was packed and it was a delight to pull on the story waistcoat and share an Impossible Tale with the…

Strike Lane Primary

This was my first visit to Strike Lane and I was really excited to meet the pupils. As I hadn’t been before I kicked off the assembly by explaining the writing process involved in creating Impossible Tales. I shared an extract from Blown Away. Can there be a better way of starting a Tuesday morning…

Singleton Primary

The last time I visited Singleton Primary was somewhere around 1991. I was at high school and I went for a couple of weeks to get work experience. The school has changed lots since then but it is still a lovely place filled with cracking kids and fab staff. As this was my first visit…

World Book Day at Stanah Primary

When I was teaching, WBD was always one of the highlights of the academic year. It’s just as exciting as an author. As I made my way to Stanah I spotted lots of book characters making their way to school – brilliant! The morning kicked off with a whole school assembly. It was awesome to…

Anchorsholme Academy

The last time I visited Anchorsholme was in November 2014 just after Impossible Tales had launched. I was really looking forward to returning to introduce the children to Eric Appleby. Anchorsholme is a large three-form entry school and despite my sessions usually being for key stage 2, we managed to fit in all of the…

Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday started off at Pegasus in Blackpool where I worked with two groups of pupils on their writing. We used Blown Away from Impossible Tales and focused on the ending of the story. The children had already heard the full story and we read the final few paragraphs to refresh their memories. We then…

Save Ansdell Library

Earlier this week I received an email inviting me to share some stories at a ‘read in’ at Ansdell Library. After checking my diary and seeing I was available, I made the simple decision to go along. Ansdell is not my ‘local’ library but is part of Lancashire libraries which have been really supportive of…