Chorlton Primary School
Everyone was very excited about my competition to draw their very own mythical creature. So now I’m really looking forward to receiving all the drawings for the ‘Goblin Gallery’ – any day now – keep watching, they’ll be uploaded very soon!
St Edwards School
I first visited St Edwards four years ago at the invitation of my friend, Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Anderson. I first met Mrs Anderson at the York Writers’ Conference when we were both still waiting to be published. Happily, we both are, now. However, at the time, St Edwards was a wonderful ‘test’ where I was able to try out my book on an audience of children to find out if they would like it. It was there that I first knew I was on the right track when, as I read the line - ‘Dad. I’m nearly twelve, I don’t believe in fairies anymore,’ - I heard a voice say “I still believe in fairies.”
Four years on and I have been invited back for the children to see the finished product. Everyone was so welcoming and enthusiastic. Mrs Anderson even arranged for a reporter, photographs, and flowers – thank you so much! Follow the link to the report in the Burton Mail.
One question for me was ‘How do you remember ideas?’ I replied that my top tip for remembering was to always have a notepad where ever you go. Imagine my surprise when several of the girls waved their notepads at me.
One boy had already made up his own story about a goblin with four heads – what a great idea!
Ideas are the currency of a writer. And to be successful, you must have plenty of them. I’m convinced that the pupils of St Edwards have got a head start.