Assemblies and festivals

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My writing hut

My Author Talk

 Age range: 6-10 approx.

Books : Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog (1-4) and Picklewitch and Jack

Book themes: Friendship, animals, Nature, magic, humour, creative vocabularies, what it means to be different, empathy and acceptance. Character driven narratives.

Talk: 50 minutes. Audience capacity unlimited:

Tone: Funny, interactive, cross-curricular, informative and aspirational. Suitable for boys and girls.

Intention – 100% engagement and creative inspiration.

Covering: storytelling, speaking and listening, story arcs and compelling narratives, observation skills, memory, humour,  PSHE ( self-confidence, empathy, friendship,).


  • What sort of storyteller am I?
  • Where I live and work; how it inspires and informs my writing.
  • The story of Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog
  • Nature quiz
  • The story of Picklewitch and Jack
  • Observation and memory game
  • Q&A with special postcard prizes for good questions about writing.

I am very happy to sign books after all events and I always take time to chat with individual children. If you would like me to bring along books to sell, I shall. Or you could contact your local bookseller and they will provide the books on the day.  They all cost £6.99.

Would you like a workshop too? Click here to learn more about the workshops I offer.

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Reviewers say about Knitbone Pepper:

‘“Funny, wonderfully imaginative and beautifully illustrated the Knitbone Pepper books are highly recommended.” Charlotte Heathcote, The Daily Express 

Reviewers say about Picklewitch and Jack

“Very funny, lots of good pshe messages about friendship and acceptance, but the absolute best thing about it is that it’s a longer chapter novel that is PERFECT for Year 3 or a strong Year 2.” Ashley Booth, primary school teacher and English SLE

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Cheltenham Literary Festival 2017