Save Coppull Library – ‘Read In’

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to libraries. During my youth, I was always in my local library for all manner of reasons including homework research and reading for pleasure. When I was a teacher, I walked my pupils to the local library on numerous occasions. Now I’m writing and storytelling, I visit loads…

Skippy in the Well

As I was driving along the motorway through the torrential rain, I wondered if anyone would be brave enough to venture out to listen to some stories. To my relief, three eager youngsters and their adults turned up at Skippy in the Well independent bookshop in Garstang. I pulled on the story waistcoat and told…

Stanley Primary Visit

This was my final school visit of 2015 and my word, what a way to bring the curtain down on the year. The visit to Stanley was my 73rd school session since this writing adventure started 14 months ago. I still can’t believe I’ve been to so many schools and shared the stories with so…

Christ Church CE Primary Visit

The last time I visited Christ Church Primary I had to battle through blizzard conditions to get there. I’m relieved to say that this time the weather conditions were much more calm and there was no sign of any snowflakes. It’d been ten months since my last visit but the children still remembered my Impossible…

St John’s CE Primary Visit

I’ve visited St John’s Primary on many occasions to share my stories and the children and staff always make me feel very welcome. I shared my new book, Eric Appleby with Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. We looked at the writing process and I showed the children all of the edited manuscripts. Hopefully they…

Heasandford Primary Author Visit

I drove through torrential rain and eventually arrived at Heasandford to be greeted by lots of lovely, smiling children who were just finishing their lunch and desperately wanted to chat about all things to do with writing and books. It was lovely to be made so welcome and to see the pupils excited about reading…