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…

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…

St Teresa’s Catholic Primary

The final event of the half term was at St Teresa’s where I’d been invited to introduce the children to Eric Appleby. I kicked off the session by updating the children about what had happened since I last saw them. My previous visit was just after Impossible Tales was released so I had lots to…

Manor Beach Primary

It’d been seven months since my last visit to Manor Beach and it was lovely to return. Last time, I shared the Tales and I was so pleased to hear the children telling me about what they could remember from last time as they were setting up the hall. Even after seven months, they could…

Fleetwood High School

After more than 80 primary visits, this was my first time in a high school so I was a little apprehensive to say the least. My teaching career was spent in a primary school so this was unknown territory! I needn’t have worried as the 180 Year 7 children made me feel so welcome and…

National Libraries Day

Blackpool Library Service has backed my writing and storytelling adventure right from the start and it was lovely to celebrate National Libraries Day with them. The day kicked off at Palatine Library where I told a couple of Impossible Tales as well as reading from the book. The first tale was the first story I…