Parkgate Junior School June 8th 2015


Nearly time for another lovely day with you all on Tuesday 8th June. We’re going to make up a story about dragons, knights, princesses and other characters that live in castles. I’m also going to talk to year groups about how I create story plot lines.

school 021Before my visit, make a list of people and animals that could live in a castle and why they would be good to include in a story. What do they do that makes them different to other characters? Each character needs to have something unique that the reader enjoys finding out about. Think of something funny they could do and also something brave. Your ideas will help your writing when I visit.

TMD coverAfter school, I’ll have my latest book, The Milkshake Detectives, for sale. It’s a mystery book and hardly anyone who has read it worked out who The Bear was – which I am really pleased about! I’ll have Us Minus Mum for sale as well. Both books are discounted to £5 each and I’ll be selling and signing them after school.

The picture at the top of this post george's shepherds pieis from my recent visit to America. A friend cooked a meal for us. Have a guess at what he called it and what the ingredients are (apart from the tomato ketchup on top).

May 2015

P1020856I went to Bekonscot Model Village recently. The little boy I took was fascinated by the constant buzz of trains; but I loved the idea of so many buildings, each with the potential of interesting things happening inside them.

Visiting schools is always interesting because I meet so many fascinating people. SilverDell Bookshop in Kirkham, then Urmston Bookshop were brilliant hosts who took me to wonderful schools in the Blackpool, Preston and Manchester. I spent my lunch times in their bookshops surrounded by an amazing array of books. The Milkshake Detectives CaitlinI was treated to a banana and chocolate milkshake at SilverDell and had my photograph taken with publicist Caitlin who joined us.

In the same week I was a guest at Northampton University with students, librarians and schools as part of their Carnegie shadowing event. While I was there I met a man whose knees clicked. I think he (or at least, his knees) might turn up in a book sometime soon!)

And the photograph at the top of this entry is of my two great nieces who visited us and we went to Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe for the day. Apart from the picnic (our family does good picnics), there was the opportunity to dress up – so Lydia and Isabelle did and I promised them they could be on my May diary.

I must do some writing this month and not put off creating a final scene that needs to be intricately worked. I’ve done all the ground work for it – just need to disappear for a few days and do it!

Happy May!