Monday, 4 November 2019

A Very Quick Hello...

A very quick hello to everyone at Barnsole Primary School in Gillingham - I will see you all very soon.  

There's lots been going on since my last diary post (I've been so busy that I haven't been able to write anything here) so I will write more tonight. News of what I'm doing, where we've been and the publication of my 100th book - so please come back very soon...

Friday, 28 June 2019

Next week - Morden Mount Primary School

I've been out and about quite a bit recently visiting schools and next week is no exception - on Monday I'll be spending the day with everyone at Morden Mount Primary School in Greenwich, London. A HUGE HELLO to you all - I'm looking forward to meeting you on Monday.

Last Friday I visited Woodbank Primary School in Bury, Lancashire... I had a fantastic day with everyone. Thank you for making me feel so welcome and for showing me you fantastic new library bus.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Visiting Skomer Island

All of the wildlife pictures on the diary page are from our trip to Skomer Island a couple of days ago...

Tomorrow I'm going to be spending the day with everyone at Woodbank Primary School in Bury where I've been asked to open their new library. Opening a new school library is always a pleasure and an honour - and this library sounds like it is going to be something different as it's on a converted bus so I can't wait to come along and meet everyone. 
On Monday I will be working with lots of year six pupils that are visiting Shuttleworth College in Padiham - so here's a HUGE HELLO to all of you that will be coming along to take part. One of my writer friends - the excellent Jon Mayhew will also be their so it should be a fantastic day.

On Tuesday net week I will be visiting Bewsey Lodge Primary School in Warrington - HELLO to you all... I can't wait to see you all.

Today I'm working from home... one of the good things about working from home is that you don't have to travel to work. One of the bad things is that you don't always get a day off as there is always some work that needs doing - this might be writing stories, writing letters and emails, or some other paperwork that needs to be done - so it's really good when I get to leave the work behind and go somewhere different. 

On Sunday, Vicky and I drove down to Tenby in the South West corner of Wales - a beautiful part of the country. We were up early on Monday morning to take a boat over to Skomer Island. 

The Island is home to lots of protected wild birds, and at this time of the year it is home to Puffins who go there to nest.

The island is only a mile off the Pembrokeshire coast so it doesn't take long to get there. We spent the whole day on the island taking photographs of the Puffins and lots of other birds. We even spotted a few grey seals and a dolphin.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

The European School of Munich

A very quick message to say a huge HELLO to everyone at The European School of Munich... My bags are packed and I'm looking forward to meeting you all later this week.

See you soon...

Monday, 15 April 2019

The British Primary School of Wilanow

A huge hello to everyone at the British Primary School of Wilanow ... I'm looking forward to meeting and working with you all this week.

I was awake at 2am this morning at home in Wales and right this minute I'm sat at Manchester airport waiting for the first part of my flight to Warsaw, Poland. I'll be getting on another plane in Amsterdam and should arrive in Warsaw at about lunchtime.

I will be taking pictures and adding messages here (and on Twitter) as my trip progresses.

See you all soon...

After landing at Warsaw airport I was met by the school principal, Mr McGrath, who kindly gave me a little tour of Warsaw before dropping me off at my hotel... thank you Mr. McGrath.

My hotel was very modern with a window that filled one wall, giving a great view of the countryside.
Rather than catching up on some sleep I wanted to make the most of the time I had so decided to go for a little walk around the local area. 

First of all I wanted to see where the school was so that I wouldn't get lost the next day. No need to have worried about that though as the school was less than five minutes walk from my hotel.
Wilanow is a very modern part of Warsaw as you can see from this huge Catholic Church...
But there's also a few older, interesting buildings like this old church 
and the beautiful palace of King Jan III...
My two days in Wilanow at the British School whizzed by. It was fantastic meeting everyone and having the chance to work with each class in school. 

A huge thank you to everyone for making feel so welcome and for looking after me. I hope that I have the chance to come back and see you all again before too long.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

World Book Day 2019

This week is the week of World Book Day - people everywhere are sharing and celebrating their love of books and reading. It's a busy week for me travelling around visiting schools - as well as keeping up with my writing.

Yesterday I had a fantastic time with everyone at Alkrington Primary School in Middleton, near Manchester and today I'm spending the day with everyone at St Mary's RC Primary School in Loughborough so here's a HUGE HELLO to you all...

Tomorrow I'm visiting St Matthew's CE Primary School in Blackburn and then it's off to Althelstan Community Primary School in Sherburn in Elmet. I will be rounding the week off with a visit to St George's C of E Primary School in Chorley... 

And while I'm here I want to say a huge hello to all of the Fiction Express readers who are reading my latest book - Stormwolf... 

Monday, 25 February 2019

A Busy Week...

This year is really flying by... It's hard to believe that February is almost over. I've had a busy year so far with lots of writing - I think I've been busier than I have ever been before. This week I have a couple of days at home to get some writing finished and then I will be visiting lots of schools for World Book Day celebrations...

Tomorrow I'm visiting Delamere C of E Academy - so here's a huge HELLO to you all. I can't wait to meet everyone in the morning. 

Later this week I'm visiting my old friends at Brookhurst Primary School in Bromborough - looking forward to seeing you all again. And on Friday I will be spending the day with everyone at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bury... It's going to be a busy, fun filled week.