September 2016

So a new school year has started and lots of people have new shoes and new uniforms and new teachers.nov-07-054 If you are at school, I hope you like your teachers! I like September because it means Autumn is on its way.  I love Autumn  colours as trees change colour and lights are lit and the weather changes. I love walking through leaves and scrunching them under my wellies.

I have a busy September visiting schools in Hemel and High Wycombe doing writing days. Then I’m going p1000519to Florida for a writing break to carry on working on my next book. I need to concentrate on the characters, giving the reader more details about them. Lucille, my main character, doesn’t always behave like an eleven year old should. So I need to think  if/whether/how an eleven year old would react. I’ve not looked at the script for four months, so I know I will come to it with fresh eyes.

While I’m in Florida I’m speaking at Ringling College of Art and Design‘s programme of author sharing their work, which I am usa-hughenden-home-020looking forward to.  The picture at the top of this blog is a banyan tree. Its roots grow up instead of down. One day I might well use banyan trees in a story. Or I might use this boat that was blown on to the beach during a hurricane a few years ago. I wondered who owned it and how they went about trying to find out where it was.

Whatever you are doing this month, remember to keep looking at things and thinking of questions because it’s questions that often start really good stories!


Hello Disraeli School!

I am really excited about becoming your school’s Writer-in-heth at flea market for goffoSMResidence and working with your fantastic teachers to help your writing and reading become even more brilliant that it is already. I actually taught one of your teachers when she was in Year 3 – but I’m not going to tell you which one!

I am visiting you all on Friday 16th September. We’ll be making up a story in the hall. I do not know what will happen school 020in the story because you will decide that by voting for ideas we think of. What I do know is that the KS2 story will be about aliens and the KS1 story will be about dragons and castles and maybe a princess, a king and a possibly a fireman.

After we’ve created our story, you’ll draw a story board about it. If you want to you can change what happened in the hall story to really make the story your own. Then you’ll write the story, choose your favourite part to edit and then publish it in a little book you will make. It’s going to be a great day!

Us Minus Mum -websiteI will bring some of my books to TMD coversell.  Us Minus Mum is for Years  4-6 and The Milkshake Detectives is for Years 2-6. They will cost £5 each and if you buy one I’ll  sign it for you. You can hear me reading a part of Us Minus Mum on the Us Minus Mum page of this website.

Barter Books Bookshop in Alnwick
Barter Books Bookshop in Alnwick

You can find out a lot more about me on this website as well – like what my favourite sweets are, where I drove steam trains and where I was born. The photograph on the right is of one of my favourite bookshops – it has a model railway running round the top of the book shelves! I love finding quirky things and always take photographs of them. Like P1030250this bird’s nest built on top of a lamp post in America or this 20150616_101525-1_resizedwooden carving of a frog reading a book I saw in a park in Sheffield. There are so many wonderful things to notice!

Look out for interesting things today (and every day…) and I will see you on Friday!