On 10th August, I’ll be doing 2 creative writing football workshops at The National Football Museum in Manchester. I’m so excited! You can find out more about the sessions here (or below) and book your places here. Hope to see lots of you there – it’s free! 10th August also happens to be the publication date for our 2 latest books – Messi and Ronaldo. We’ve completely rewritten … Continue reading August 2017 news
On 6th July, I was at Aldro in Surrey for my last workshops of the school year. It was activities week for the boys, so having fun was the priority. In groups of 5-8, the kids worked on posters for 6 of the football heroes in our series: Gareth Bale, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero, Ryan Giggs, Alexis Sanchez and Steven Gerrard. They had to find … Continue reading July 2017 news
Thursday 22nd June This was easily one of my favourite school visits of the year. Sue Raybould, Long Eaton’s Information Centre Manager, did a fantastic job of organising everything and making sure that the three workshops ran like clockwork. The library was set up perfectly for the writing sessions, with some rather lovely decorations! Usually I deliver pretty much the same workshop to each group … Continue reading The Long Eaton School, Derbyshire
Friday 9th June After a few weeks of secondary school workshops, it was nice to return to my comfort zone a little. A great primary school is such a positive, welcoming place, with a really special learning environment. Palm Bay in Margate is a perfect example of that. It’s also got the best school view that I’ve come across so far. In the morning, I … Continue reading Palm Bay Primary School, Margate
Monday 5th June and Thursday 8th June Last week, I took part in Writer’s Week at Woodside High School in North London. It’s a brilliant initiative, aimed at introducing the students to a range of writing styles and genres. My focus is Non-Fiction – Fun Non-Fiction to be precise! I think non-fiction can sometimes be a difficult concept for children. While they (hopefully) associate fiction … Continue reading Making Non-Fiction Fun at Woodside High!
Thursday 18 May – Paisley Grammar Friday 19 May – Renfrew High Monday 22 May – Gleniffer High Tuesday 23 May – Castlehead High Wednesday 23 May – Park Mains High & Linwood High Thanks to Renfrew High’s amazing librarian Clare Hemsworth, my one-day Scottish visit turned into a full-blown Scottish tour! As my plane arrived at Glasgow Airport, I was excited but a little nervous. This … Continue reading Scottish High School Tour
Wednesday 10th May I love visiting great primary schools and St Michael’s is one of the best I’ve visited. From the moment I arrived – bleary-eyed after an early London train – I could tell that I was in a reading-friendly environment. My focus for the day was Years 3 and 4, an ideal audience for the Heroes Football series. The kids were excited but well-behaved … Continue reading St Michael’s Primary School, Reading