Spring Term 2019

Another busy term saw visits to twenty primary schools and a high school where I delivered author assemblies, writing workshops and storytelling sessions. In addition, there was a guest speaker slot at the launch of an English Hub in Blackpool and a storytelling appearance at a reading festival in Preston. Phew! Take a look at…

2018 Autumn Term 2

What an incredibly busy half term! I visited fifteen primary schools, two high schools and an FE college across the North West in a whirlwind eight-week period. I wrote with hundreds of children, performed stories with thousands more and even squeezed in some time working with students who were preparing themselves for life in the…

Torrisholme Community Primary

Most of my writing workshops take place with KS2 children or high school students. Occasionally, I am asked to write with KS1 pupils. When Mrs Kippax asked me to work with her Y1 pupils as part of their ‘Awesome Authors’ topic, I jumped at the chance. The theme for the morning was pirates. To start…

Stanah Primary

I was booked to visit Stanah on a number of days across a week in October. The first visit kicked off the week with an author assembly. I shared Eric’s new adventure with the pupils during a whole school session. The children listened beautifully throughout. To finish the session, I put on the storytelling waistcoat…

Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary

I was excited to make two trips to Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary, Accrington, in September. The first morning visit started with a KS2 author assembly. The children listened brilliantly as I explained the events of the last five years in forty minutes! I even managed to put on the storytelling waistcoat to share an Impossible…

Brookfield Park Primary

This was my first visit to Brookfield Park and it was a morning to remember. I had a fantastic time! The visit kicked off with an author assembly in the hall. It was a joy to share my writing adventure with Year 2 – 6. They discovered the process involved in writing and editing the…

Kincraig Primary

The final primary visit of the academic year took place at Kincraig Primary. The author assembly started with an explanation of the writing process. I think all of the drafts and the hours of editing blew the children’s minds! The children got to see Martin’s illustrations at the various stages of development. It never fails…