Friday 1 March 2024

World Book Day and all that...

Next Thursday, 7th March is World Book Day so I'll be spending the week travelling round visiting a few school to help them celebrate.   

Here's a huge HELLO to everyone at Gillibrand Primary, Cottam Primary, Millfields Primary, Boughton Heath Primary,  and Somerville Primary - I'll see you all very soon.

As well as visiting schools I will also be busy writing - and in between it all I'll do my best to get some sleep too. 

I'm currently working on a book called Beware the Genie for Fiction Express. Writing a book for them is always fun and interesting - espcially as I get to write it in collaboration with readers from all over the world who get to offer their thoughts, comments and suggestions. Recently I have been finding out what people would wish for if a genie offered then three wishes. Some readers said that they would like to be able to teleport anywhere in the world. That is something that would be very useful during World Book Week - I wouldn't have to spend as much time driving around the country. 

What would you wish for?

I'm also busy writing some new books featuring the Global Heroes... these books ar going to be very exciting as the young heroes are going to travel back in time and come face to face with dinosaurs.       

What's your favourite dinosaur?   

These books ar going to be called dinosaur heroes and they are being publish later this year. A little bit scary as I have only written the first one. I'm very excited about writing these, and even more excited to know that the excellent Alex Patterson is going to be illustrating them again.  

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Bishop Martin CE Primary School

 Tomorrow I'm spending the day at Bishop Martin CE Primary School in Liverpool, and I can't wait to meet everyone - Here's a HUGE HELLO to all of you. 

As well as sharing stories I'm going to be working with everyone to create characters for stories. I think that characters are the most important things in a story and creating them and bringing them to life can be a lot of fun... it can also be difficult - especially finding a good name for them.

The picture of the character that you can see here is taken from one of my latest little books for young readers. Do you know what his name is?  

Monday 29 January 2024

Southdown Primary

A huge HELLO to everyone at Southdown Primary School in Buckley. I've visited lots of local schools over the years but this will be my first visit to Southdown and I'm really excited about spending the day with you all. I've got lots to show you and have lots of stories to share.

I'd like to share something new that I'm working on with Year 5 and 6 and I would love to hear what you think of it. I'll tell you more tomorrow. 

Right now, I'm writing about dinosaurs - not the two you can see here though. This is Deano and Seren - two of the little dinosaurs that appear in some Dinosaur Stories that will be published later this year (the first ones in August) and have been beautifully illustrated by Hannah Wood.

The dinosaurs I'm writing about now are much scarier. Do you have a favourite dinosaur? Let me know if you do...

Monday 15 January 2024

Young Writers

 Tomorrow I'll be getting out from behind my desk to spend the day with some excellent young writers at Monks Coppenhall Academy in Crewe - so here's a HUGE HELLO to everyone that's coming from Mablins Lane Community Primary, Gainsborough Primary and Nursery, Haslington Primary, Shavington Primary, and Monks Coppenhall itself.

I can't wait to meet everyone - it's going to be a fun day!!!  

Today I'm busy working on a new series of books - so I'd better get on with it. 

Psst... dinosaurs might be involved.

Thursday 30 November 2023

Mather Street Primary

A huge HELLO to everyone at Mather Street Primary School in Failsworth, Manchester. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow.

As far as I know, this will be my last school visit of 2023 but 2024 is already looking like it's going to be busy - both with writing and visiting schools. 

I've got a few new writing projects coming up, including a few exciting, adventure books involving dinosaurs. I can't tell you any more about them at the moment but I can't wait to get started. I'll tell you more as soon as I can.  

Tuesday 21 November 2023

Hello Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog

I'm busy writing today but here's a quick hello to everyone at Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog in Groesffordd Marli... I'm looking forward to meeting everyone in the morning.

Tuesday 7 November 2023

Local Schools, Tigers and Caverns

 As well as writing, this week I'm delighted to be visiting a couple of local schools - Venerable Edward Morgan School in Shotton, and Ysgol Wepre School in Connah's Quay. I've been lucky enough to visit both schools in the past and it is always a pleasure meeting everyone there... I can't wait to see you all soon.


Last week was our wedding anniversary and to celebrate we had a few days away from home and a few days visiting local places. 

The tiger and her cubs lazing on the rock were at Chester Zoo. The stalagmites and stalactites were at Poole's Cavern in Derbyshire.

Nothing beats getting out from behind your desk to help fuel the imagination.