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…

Walverden Primary

I hadn’t visited Walverden Primary before so I was really excited to make it over to Nelson. The first morning was spent with Year 4 and Year 6. The children had a storytelling assembly to start the day. I pulled on the story waistcoat and shared the story of Deep Scar Davis and the pirate…

Poulton Library

My last visit to Poulton Library was July 2015 so it was great to return to share some stories. I’d been ill all week but was determined that the stories must be told! It was just a matter of how long my voice could hold out. It was fantastic to see loads of children with…

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…

Staining Primary

This was my first visit to Staining Primary and I had a fab time. I started by asking the children about their aspirations and dreams. Future occupations included a vet, a pilot, and an author. It’s refreshing to hear the children’s hopes for the future and that so many of them are dreaming big! As…

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…