Chapter Two is up and ready for viewing. Form an orderly queue everyone - this is a sarcastic comment based on the fact I only have one subscriber for my YouTube channel - oh the fame!
As promised, Chapter One of Thirteenth Wish is now up on YouTube and ready for viewing. Please note that I'm a Children's Author - not a film maker, so keep your expectations of quality low!
Catching Words is an incredible opportunity for primary schools in and around London to work with poets, storytellers and writers. It is very good value for money and I would highly recommend it. To find out more click here: Catching Words.
My first ever author visit was to Y6 at Crabtree Junior School. The visit went so well it was what made me decide to go ahead and self-publish my debut novel, Jarred Dreams. Both my daughters attended the school and I used to volunteer there - helping to run the uniform shop. It is an important part of our families' history, so when I was asked to visit again on WBD 2020 of course I said yes!
It was a memorable visit, not just because of my connection to the school, but because of the pure excitement levels of the children. Next to a couple of schools in Sheffield that I've visited, it was probably the loudest assembly I have ever presented! Fun, but definitely noisy.
How amazing, therefore, to receive this wonderful thank you/apology card in the post from one of the Y4 classes that took part in the assembly. It absolutely made my day.
Thank you Crabtree Juniors for all your wonderful, continued support of my writing career. I wish all those budding creatives the best of luck for the future.
You've all heard of the BBC 500 Words Children's Writing Competition right? No?? Where have you been...
Click here immediately: 500 Words.
You have less than ONE WEEK to get your entries in.
Guess who has been accepted as one of the judges?
I'm not one of the big name, glitzy, very famous judges, but I still get to read lots of your gorgeous stories.
Get scribbling everyone and Good Luck!
The other great thing about the visit was that two of my books were being read in different classes. Y4 were reading EATS and Y6 Jarred Dreams. Having my books read to a class and discussed was one of my dream goals as a Children's Author. It is an amazing feeling when it happens. I especially like it when children discuss my books and the characters. Something which was only within my head becomes real.
I'm still waiting for another dream of mine to come true. I'd love to see someone reading one of my books, maybe on a train, or waiting in an airport, or somewhere unexpected, so that I can say, 'I wrote that book' and see the look on their face. One day! Meanwhile thanks to Waterside Academy for such a wonderful visit. Going to schools really is my all time favourite part of being an Author.
Oh the fame - the fame.
I'm on the The Literacy Consultancy website and due to go out in their newsletter this week. The TLC article is all about a story that I had critiqued because I won it as part of my Mslexia prize and how Serial Mash has now agreed to buy it.
If you would like to read the article, here is the link: TLC Article
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