Holtsmere End Junior School


Derby Dales 2010 033The picture at the top of this blog is something my granddaughter made with one of her Christmas presents. Being creative is about taking different things and putting them together in a new way. So here’s a photo I took in Derbyshire of a bush made into a table and chair. Lower down are some hay bales made into a castle.

I’m looking forward to visiting your school on Tuesday 1st March. We’ll start the day creating a story together, thinking of ideas then voting for which ones we think are the best as the story grows.

Back in your classrooms you’ll then work in groups to make up stories yourselves. To do this, I’d like you to bring in something that you think might be good to include in a story. image002Don’t bring in anything precious or dangerous. Bring in something like a toy that’s not from a film or television programme. I have a set of coasters that sit in a tiny wooden rocking chair – so if it was me, I might think about bringing the rocking chair in. Try and think of as many ways as possible your object could be used in a story.

While you’re doing that, I’ll visit classes and tell you about how my latest two books, Us Minus Mum and The Milkshake Detectives came to be written. If you want to buy a signed one, bring in £5. I’ll also answer questions about being a writer.

If you look round my website you can find out lots more about me and what I’ve done. Meanwhile, I shall look forward to working with you all at the beginning of March.


February 2016

When you go out, there is ALWAYS something interesting to see. I was in our 20160122_104205_resizedlocal high street the other day and there was a film crew shooting an advert for ASDA. Being me, I wanted to know what was going on, so I chatted to the policeman standing in the rain making sure people knew where to go.They began shooting at 7am and were going to carry on until 4pm.  20160122_104302_resizedThe sapling in the pot with blossom on it was there to make it look like spring, and there was a row of cars that looked like a traffic jam – but they wouldn’t be able to hide the rain!

Then there was a Labrador outside the supermarket. I’ve seen him 20151207_115055_resized before. He lies waiting for his owner and as long as he has a banana in front of him, he guards it and doesn’t move. I’d love to know what would happen if someone swapped the banana for a punnet of strawberries…

I have some interesting visits this month. I’m heading off to Burgess Hill’s Best Book Award. Us Minus Mum has been short listed and I’ll be talking to Year 6 and 7 students about how I wrote the book and answer their questions. I’ll bring copies of Us Minus Mum and also The Milkshake Detectives (published last year) and be signing and selling each book for £5. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and no doubt I’ll see something interesting on the train as well.

At the end of the month I’m going to Galley Hill Primary in Hemel Hempstead. spooky 002I’ve been there lots of times and know I will have a great day. We made castle books one time I went there.

This time, we’ll make up stories about circuses and clowns and everyone will start planning a story to share with other children.

So I’m quite excited about February. It’s going to be a nice mix of writing and visits to interesting places and with half term as well, it’s going to be a good month!

I hope your month is a good one too.