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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Remembrance Workshops in West Cheshire.

Yesterday Year 5 and 6 pupils at Helsby Hillside Primary School commemorated Remembrance Day with some inspired drama workshops encompassing the First World War and World War Two.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Brilliant Poet Conrad Burdekin

So pleased to share this brilliantly hilarious poem by Yorkshire based poet Conrad Burdekin from his latest book.


Supersonic Gran


My gran has got a problem

She only eats three things

Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts,

And baked beans from a tin


My gran is rocket-powered

Her bottom sure is chronic

She flies so fast it’s made the news

My gran is Super – Sonic!


She has a bowl of sprouts for lunch

Followed by some beans

Cauliflower spread on toast

You know what all that means!


By half past two her tummy’s moaning

After three my gran is groaning

Four o’clock she cannot walk

And then her bum begins to talk


My gran is rocket-powered

Her bottom sure is chronic

She flies so fast it’s made the news

My gran is Super – Sonic!


Blasting through our kitchen wall

She really is a sight

Whizzing, zooming, bottom-booming

In the dead of night




But best of all on Christmas day

Gran ate a thousand sprouts

She clutched her rear, said: “Sorry, dear!”

And let a huge one out!


Loud enough to shake the house

It smashed mum’s favourite vase

As through the roof my grandma shot

And landed up on Mars!


My gran is rocket-powered

Her bottom sure is chronic

She flies so fast it’s made the news

My gran is Super – Sonic!


P.S. Grandma, if you’re reading this

We’re feeling rather glum

We miss you such a lot, you know,

We even miss your bum!


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

World War One workshops in Cumbria!

Although it was foggy and cold in beautiful Cumbria the World War One workshops with Years 1, 3 & 4 at Richmond Hill Primary School were excellent!,bullock

 Brilliant writers and amazing imaginations! Thanks for inviting me Jenna!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Victoria Cave!

As a child Victoria Cave really sparked my imagination. Years later it was the inspiration for my Noah Ramsbottom stories

Now the secrets of Victoria Cave are now digitised for everyone to see! 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Wonderful weather and workshops in Warley Town!

What a brilliant way to start my autumn tour of schools with wonderful weather and roman themed workshops at Warley Town School! Thanks for inviting me Beth! Your Year 4/5 children were awesome! 

Thursday, 17 September 2015





Monday, 10 August 2015

Some exciting books coming up!

Loads of people have been in touch asking about what new books I'm currently working on. So here's what's coming up next! 

An adventure for Middle Grade (KS2) about the Romans! I've already tested a brilliant roman workshop out on a number of schools and they were awesome! 

Inspired by Louise Millar's brilliant biography about Flora Sandes, the only woman to enrol and fight as a soldier in World War One, I've just completed a book about women in WW1 for my Young Adult (KS3) readers. I will be taking a number of WW1 workshops around Remembrance Week in the Autumn.

After speaking with the Great, Great Granddaughter of a very famous ships captain, I have just finished the first draft of an adventure connected with the most famous ship of all time! This is for Middle Grade (KS2). 

I am currently researching a novel about the occupation of Greece in WW2, this book will feature a teenage girl as the main character. It's an untold story that just needs writing! 

Watch this space!



Have a great summer!