Category Archives: Writer-in-resident schools

January 2017

Happy New Year!

I’m hoping you have avoided catching any colds or coughs. They’re not nice!

The photograph of the owl at the top of this blog is outside  the wonderful Disraeli Primary School in High Wycombe where I visited on Thursday 19th of January.

I love being writer-in-resident there as the children and all the adults are great to be with. It’s a fantastic school. On the 19th they held a Reading Day, thinking about the books, the words in them and why we enjoy the plots, what makes a good book and who writes them. It was all based round The Very Hungry Caterpillar and I love that book! I created stories with each year group about the caterpillar and there was a before-school breakfast where over 100 parents and children ate hungry caterpillar food and read books together. After school I spent time with parents and carers talking about how important reading is and how to help children get better at it. Fantastic day!

I’m also helped my sister move house this month which we tried to make a fun thing it do. I was in charge of food unpacking boxes. My sister knows I’m nosey and knew I would enjoy doing that…



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!