Parkgate January 19th

Hello Parkgate!

I’m writing this after a fantastic day with you all.parkgate I loved making up a story with you and then helping you all make a book to write your own stories in. Remember to keep your storylines really simple (so you can add lots of detail to them) and when you have an idea, be prepared to change it – your first idea might not necessarily be your best idea.

parkgate1Some  of the story ideas I saw when I visited your classrooms looked great. I hope you manage to paint lots of pictures with words when you turn your plans into paragraphs – and I did like the alien one class made.

I shall look forward to returning in June when we will be doing stories about castles, dragons, princesses and knights.

Until then, keep being brilliant!


I took this picture of a darlek because it was sitting darlekin an office near where I live.

I’m looking forward to working with you all on Monday 19th January. We’re going to make up a story (like we did last time, with six bags and a die) about aliens. I have a family of friendly aliens living in my shed and I’ll bring some of them with me.

P1020645During class workshops we’re going to make books to  publish the story you write. This photograph is a prototype of one of them. Each year group will work on different ways to publish stories or  plans.

So before the 19th,  have a think about what weird, different and daft things aliens can do. Think about…

school 0201. how they speak and communicate

2. how (and what) they eat

3. how they travel

4. what their spaceship is like both inside and outside

5. which tools and gadgets they have. (The aliens won’t have guns or weapons; they are friendly aliens)

You could write your ideas down or draw them then add labels to help you think of more details.

On the day I’ll bring some copies of Us Minus Mum to sell (£5) for ifUs Minus Mum -website anyone wants to buy a signed copy.

Meanwhile, I’ll look forward to the 19th and another great day!


January 2015

Happy 2015!

P1020747During the Christmas holidays our family went to an animatronics Christmas display of film themes (see photo on left) and also to a farm (see right). GOAT AT ODDS RARM After the family had gone back to their own homes I treated myself to a day in London with a  friend. We went to see the photograph competition exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. I love looking at a photograph and working out why I either like or dislike it. The artist Grayson Perry’s work was being exhibited as well and that was fascinating and made me think about my identity and what makes me ‘me’.

I love art galleries. There are always interesting people like the man painting a painting in the picture a the top of this blog. P1010992He painted for a hobby and in real life was a bone surgeon (I talked to him, like I talk to lots of people – as long as I am in a safe place).

We played 221b Baker Street (like Cluedo for adults) with friends on New Year’s Eve and now P1020645I’m looking forward to 2015. This month I’m spending time at a junior school in Watford and we’re going to make books to publish our stories about aliens in. I’m working on my next book as well so it’ll be a mixture of research and writing first draft paragraphs and planning.

Meanwhile – enjoy January!