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Questions for a Children’s Author

I visited St Paul’s CofE Primary School in Gloucester last week and some of the children still had questions to ask when our time was up. I asked their teacher Mrs Bevan, to send me an email with the questions I hadn’t answered, and promised to make a video for her and her class 5.

Having made the video, I though I might share it on my website too!

I mention that Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, is my favourite book. I made a video explaining why. You can see it here:

These are the questions that Year 5 asked


  • How long does it take you to write your books?
  • Did you make the character Harri like drawing because you like drawing too?
  • Is it possible for you to give our school a couple of your books to put in our library? (her question – honest!?) Vikki asked this too!


  • How many books do you sell in a year?
  • Is it hard to write books?


  • Who is your favourite character out of all of the books you’ve written? (Finnley asked this too)
  • What’s your most recent book?


  • Where do you get your ideas from for your books and characters?


  • What is your favourite book that you haven’t written?

Vikki, Jennifer, Mario also asked the same questions as the ones above!


Patron Of Reading at Sully Primary, S.Wales

SullyI had a wonderful day, last Friday, visiting Sully Primary School in South Wales as their new Patron of Reading. It’s both an honour and great fun to have taken up this role.

I’ve been to Sully before, and also met them again at the Welsh Books Council Book Slam in Brecon earlier this year.

Head of Literacy, Laura Sheldon, is a fellow Firefly Books author and a great believer in the power of reading for pleasure.

I spent most of Friday wandering from class to class, escorted by a watchful poDragon-White-book-cover-v1esse of minders, who were the strictest time keepers I have ever been looked after by. It didn’t help that I’d made a wrong turn on the way, in the morning,  and ended up arriving quarter of an hour late. They managed to get me back on schedule by lunchtime!

There were many questions and was shown lots of drawings that had been done from my videos.

After lunch we all sat down and came up with some great ideas for making the most of my position and helping to boost the love of reading for pleasure in school.

I finished the day with a bit of Dragon Storytelling, showing off my very latest book, Dragon White, which is published this week!

After school, I foolishly joined in with a bit of kicking the rugby ball around the playground. I never learn! My knee has been aching ever since! Still I appear to have the grace of a gazelle if this photo is to be believed!

Thanks for a wonderful day, Sully, And hope to see you again soon, live or on Skype!




Slim School

ricky-1I have been at Slim School in Northern Germany this week. Slim was the Second World War General commanding the force in Burma. My father fought with him and was saved from a particularly bloody battle at Kohima when Slim finally arrived to relieve the beleaguered and much diminished garrison.

Yes, Slim is a Services school. Most of the children are army children, as I was myself. The children will soon all be moving back to the UK so, sadly, the school will be closing down at the end of the year.

We have been writing and drawing stories, based on my characters, all week. We had a great afternoon in the hall, sharing the great work the children have done this week.

These illustrations are by Year One children, who have been drawing themselves as Ricky Rocket and writing hilarious stories about what they would take from Earth to a show and tell day with aliens in space.

Well done and thanks to all at Slim. Enjoy the rest of the year and good luck to you al wherever you end up!