Fun (and literacy!) in Great Malvern

Many thanks to the staff and pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School in Great Malvern for inviting me in yesterday as part of their literacy week. And what a week they’ve been having!

The kids were all in fine fettle yesterday, buzzing from a week of visits and activities based around books. I felt rather boring in my normal clothes – everyone there was in full fancy dress. There was a Cat in The Hat, a Gandalf who lost his robes, more fairy tale princesses than mattresses above peas and a pair of Where’s Wallies. There were even some less well known and instantly recognisable characters, such as a very lovely Claire from Jill Murphy’s ‘On The Way Home’ because the kids were being their favourites. How cool is that?

We had a great day washing woolly mammoths, being gorillas and going on treasure hunts. Classes 5 and 6 had loads of brilliant questions, and I met a budding nonsense poet and a novelist in the making (Francesco and Marco – look out for their work, folks!).

What a wonderful way to spend the day. I hope they all enjoyed it as much as I did! Thanks again for asking me to be part of your special week, and thanks also to Authors Aloud for keeping me organised.