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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 […]

Wychwood Festival 2014

Wychwood Festival 2014

I’m just back from a wonderful day at the tenth annual Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. The Kids Literature Festival that forms part of a HUGE family music event is run (brilliantly) by Barbara Pendrigh and her team at Waterstone’s Cheltenham. There’s a lovely performance […]

At the Cully Loves Books Festival

At the Cully Loves Books Festival

Learning How To Wash a Woolly Mammoth - add bubbles!
Learning How To Wash a Woolly Mammoth – add bubbles!

Phew! What a day Thursday was! I was invited to perform at the brand new Cully Loves Books Festival in Cullompton, Devon and I’m so glad I was able to take part.

Little Ding Dong Gorillas!
Little Ding Dong Gorillas!
We had a bright and early start at Cullumpton’s fantastic new Hayridge Centre, turning 85 children (and their teachers) into gorillas, mammoths and pirates. There was laughter. There were bubbles. There was book signing. And then…

Writing Goodnight Rocket.
Writing Goodnight Rocket.

…it was off to Halberton Primary School to do it all over again! This time we had chance not just to see how Goodnight Pirate went from pencil drawings to a finished book, but also to write our own new addition to the Goodnight series – Goodnight Rocket!

Can't find a word to rhyme? Make one up!
Can’t find a word to rhyme? Make one up!

SPACE MONKEY!
SPACE MONKEY!

I had a brilliant day, the kids were wonderful, Susie Tyler and her helpers had organised everything so well and it really was a pleasure from start to finish. What a lucky town Cullumpton is to have such an exciting festival to look forward to every year and to have such enthusiastic folk – young and younger! – driving it forwards. See you again soon, Cullumpton!

Pencil Tip #19: Put character first

I’ve just come home from a trip to the cinema – Rio 2. I’m a little bit in love with Nigel the evil cockatoo. What a great bad guy. I sort of wish he were one of my inventions, but starting with a character is […]

Sheffield Children’s Book Prize 2014

Sheffield Children’s Book Prize 2014

WOOHOO! I’m massively delighted, hugely honoured and totally thrilled to announce that DING DONG GORILLA! has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Prize 2014! The Sheffield aims to encourage children and young people to read and also to highlight the very best children’s books […]