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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Brilliant Cheshire visits round off the first part of my spring tour!

A brilliant couple of days in sunny Cheshire rounded off the first part of my spring tour! Thank you everyone at Kingsley Community Primary School for making the visit such a roaring success!


Monday, 16 March 2015

Sensational Sam Marsh the Viking King in Southport!

There were some absolutely sensational Sam Marsh the Viking King stories written by the older children at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School last week. And the younger children were just as brilliant!
Thank you Mrs Ward for inviting me and to all the staff and children for making me feel so welcome!  

Monday, 9 March 2015

Superb Year Six Feedback for Jacob's War!

Just a few comments from the wonderful Year 6 pupils at St Mary's Primary School. 

Thank you very much for coming into our class and reading Jacob’s War. It was brilliant. I really enjoyed doing the radio play because it was really fun.Thank you for coming in I hope you can come again soon. I can’t wait till your new book.


Thank you for coming to Class Six, spending time with us and sharing your book Jacob War. I really enjoyed doing the radio play because it is a true story and doing sound effects was fun to do. I enjoyed it as well when you read an extract from Jacob’s War to the class because I could actually picture what was happening in the story.


Thank you for the amazing visit to our school. I told my brother about you and he said he would buy a copy of Jacob’s War. He loves reading.My favourite part of Jacob’s War is, well I don’t have a favourite part because 1) you only read an extract and 2) I liked it all.I might have a peak at my brother’s copy of Jacob’s War.


Thanks for coming in. I enjoyed your book. It was very detailed in words and I liked the fact that you asked people and put it in one book (Jacob’s War). It is incredibly important that these people don’t get forgot.I am phenomenally grateful that you have spent your time teaching us the art of radio plays and books.

Cheers and all the best.


Yesterday I really enjoyed the radio plays and learning about how you write your books and what inspires you. It’s amazing how long it actually takes to write a real book. I think your illustrator is very talented.I am actually really looking forward to reading one of your books and maybe one day I might become an author.


I think you have an amazing talent for writing. I had lots of fun doing the radio play activities that you planned for us. I got to play Gelli the Grandma in Jacob’s War in the scene where the family are having breakfast.I would like you to come again.


Your book (Jacob’s War) told me some historical information I didn’t know. Like the Arandora Star, that was my favourite part of your book. I never knew people were taken out of their houses and shipper off to the Isle of Man and families split up. I would appreciate it if you could visit our school again.


I enjoyed you coming in and was excited when you turned up.


It was lovely to make your acquaintance. I was delighted when you explained that we would be writing scripts. I enjoyed your visit and cherished every moment of it. Now I can actually tell people that I have met a real author.


I am definitely going to ask my mum if I can buy Jacob’s War because she said I don’t do enough reading. So that would be my first choice. I think you are very creative and passionate.


I really wish you can come in again because we had a staggering day.


Overall yesterday was very fun and I would love you to come to our school again and spend a full day with us because we all really enjoyed it!


It was actually like I was there. You’re a very good story teller and writer. I like how you get a real thing from the past and make it into a book. I bet Jacob is delighted and I liked it how you make children’s books that adults enjoy too. You have made me think more clearly about writing.


I had a really great time listening to you read Jacob’s War. All my team were really good at writing the play. Sophie re-wrote hers three times! I liked the expressions in your voice when you were reading to us. I wish I was that good at reading!


Thank you for the lovely day yesterday. I really enjoyed how you read your story to us. You put a lot of expression in your reading. I might buy a few books.


I really enjoyed it when you came in to see us. By what I know about you, you are one of the top ten authors in the whole wide world.


Overall I truly enjoyed your visit and I would cherish it if you came in for a second time!


In my opinion you have inspired so many people not just from our school but from all the schools you have been to. I felt you really captured the feel of WW2.


I would be delighted for you to come back in. Thanks again for coming in.


Thank you for coming into our school. I really enjoyed doing your radio plays because I quite like acting.


I would really like to read one of your books in the future and hope I will see you soon.


At the start I didn’t know who you were or what you did and I was dreading you coming but now I see how sweet and nice you are and I am delighted that you came to our school. We will really miss you.


I am hoping to be reading your books soon because that extract you read was so good. I have to read more.


Thank you. I am so grateful to you for visiting our school.


That little bit of Jacob’s War you read to us was tense and amazing.


Thank you for a brilliant day. I enjoyed it very much. My mum has insisted on buying one of your books. Reading Jacob’s War will be AMAZING!





Saturday, 7 March 2015

Wonderful World Book Day Week!

I had a wonderful World Book Day week last week! It was really tiring but I've really enjoyed working with some amazing pupils and teachers! A huge thanks to everyone, especially the brilliant Mrs Blackburn, Louise at Goose Green and Miss Wassell for inviting me. I especially want to thank the unbelievable Year 6 class at Greenfield St Mary's, the brilliantly motivated Year 4's at Stockingate Mill, the awesome upper KS2's at Goose Green and just about everyone at St John Bosco. But a special mention goes to one of the best headteachers that I've ever met, Mr MacAreavy! Normally I do the motivating, but not with Mr MacAreavy about! What an awesome headteacher!

Thank you everyone!