Reading & Writing

“How to write” information, tips, and advice. Suggested reading lists, books I’ve enjoyed, and my reviews for them.

17 December 2020

Schools showcase their space writing talent

Berkshire and Oxfordshire schools showcase their space writing skills Visiting several schools in Berkshire and Oxfordshire recently to run my Launch your Story KS2 creative writing workshop, I was so impressed by the level of imagination […]
30 November 2020

Authors into Schools – Cost v Benefit

How do I decide which authors to invite into our school to support our class learning, topics and curriculum? Where can I get the best recommendations for author visits? Will an author session be beneficial just […]
29 September 2020
Children's Adventure Stories

Bring back Adventure Stories for Children

Why Adventure Stories are still so important for our Children… Stories about magical trees, islands, making camp fires and sleeping under the night sky were a large part of my life for years; some secretly enjoyed […]
6 May 2020

My Writing World – from idea to story

The first full-length children’s story I wrote was, to be honest, a total disaster. My plot was obvious and uninspiring, my characters were clichés and two-dimensional and the setting was underdeveloped and poorly thought out.This was […]
14 August 2019

Summer Space Chase

As you pack to go on holiday or unpack from a memorable trip away with your family, you still have chance to register and take part in the awesome: Summer Reading Challenge – The Space Chase. […]
24 April 2019

A Week in Writing

7 Days, 7 Writing Tips Once I’ve decided on my destination, carefully planned my route and packed my provisions I feel ready to set off on my writing journey. Starting a new story is a real […]
6 March 2019
World Book Day, Reading List, Books, Children, Stories,

World Book Day Wonders

To celebrate World Book Day and Read an E-book Week, how about reading something new and different?   If you’re used to reading action-packed thrillers, why not give a fantasy story a go? If you’re into […]
23 March 2018

Change what you read and discover new worlds

If you’re used to reading action-packed thrillers, why not give a fantasy story a go? If you’re into detective stories, what about an adventure story for a change? Challenge yourself to read something new and you […]
27 April 2017

Spring Stories for Children

I love the sights, smells and sounds of spring, in particular the first flowers. They remind me of the words of a new story as it finally makes its way onto paper. During the winter months, […]
29 September 2016

Best Book Reviews

Lots of reading over the summer has produced some great book reviews from children. Here are the top 3! Thanks for your book reviews and look out for more at Christmas!
19 July 2016

Great Summer Reads for Children

Great books for 8-12 year olds If you’re anything like me, you like to buy or download books just for your holiday. There they sit, tempting you to just read the first few lines. If you […]
30 October 2015

Moon Poem Winner Announced!

Thank you to those children who sent in their fabulous poems about the moon! I’m delighted to announce that the winner of this competition is…   Emma’s poem: The Moon The moon is bright The moon […]
22 July 2015

Top Summer Reads for Children

Great books for 8-12 year olds If you’re anything like me, you like to buy or download books just for your holiday. There they sit, tempting you to just read the first few lines. If you […]
15 June 2015

Look up and smile

Smile at the moon   Is the moon lonely up there in the night? All on its own – way out of sight Behind the clouds and right up high It looks quite clumsy in all […]
27 April 2015

A World of Books

Celebrating World Book Night…questions and answers Q: What is World Book Night? A: World Book Night is a night of celebration! Enthusiastic volunteers at libraries, bookshops and other venues give away books and share their love […]
21 February 2015
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Reading to Write

  My first attempt at a children’s novel was an unmitigated disaster and one I shared with about thirty literary agents and publishers! I admit that there were perhaps one or two holes in my plot, […]
11 February 2015

Rhyme, Rhythm and Rap

I was lucky to be able to attend a Brian Moses ‘Rhyme, Rhythm & Rap’ poetry assembly at Holy Trinity Primary School in Cookham yesterday. I remember my own children reading Brian’s book, ‘Trouble at the […]