Happy Holidays!

To all those visiting my site, have a great winter holiday and brilliant new year. Hopefully I’ll be seeing many of you during my school visits in 2014! Note to teachers – Please be aware I’m now completely booked up for the week beginning 3rd March 2014. However, available days are still available either side […]

Author Visit to St. Joseph’s Primary School in Islington

I’ve got got back from a fun day at St. Joseph’s school in Highgate, Islington! We had an assembly and four workshops with years 3 and 4. Some fantastic stories were put together with characters such as Cut-Throat James the gremlin and Dr Insano, a mad professor who was building a creature from human body-parts. […]

Cudham C of E Primary School Author Visit

I’ve just got back from an author visit to Cudham C of E Primary School in Bromley. It was my first visit of the new academic year and it was great fun! Years 3 and 4 wrote bizarre fairytales involving Ardy the one-eyed giant who lived in a treehouse and worked in the local shop. […]

Creative Writing Techniques Article

Here’s nice article in the Guardian on a few creative writing techniques. For those teachers interesting in new creative writing teaching methods it might be worth having a look: http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/feb/01/teaching-creative-writing-ideas-activities-primary-literacy?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

The BBC’s 500 Words Short Story Competition

At the moment the BBC is running a short story competition for kids 13 and under. Enter and you could win Chris Evans’ height in books plus 500 books for your school library! Information can be found on the Radio 2 website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/500words/2013/ If you’re a young writer I’d really recommend submitting your story! The […]

Writing for Computer Games

I enjoy video games and would like at some point to be involved in writing one. Here’s Rihanna Pratchett (Terry Pratchett’s daughter!) giving a talk on her work in writing for video games. It’s extremely well presented and worth watching!

Springboard Charity Talk

Today, I gave a short talk on “creative writing  strategies” to the staff and volunteers at Springboard, a charity that focuses on improving literacy in schools in London and Manchester. They’re a fantastic organisation that places trained tutors in both primary and secondary schools to work with students who need extra help to improve their […]