Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Otter class

Thank you, Otter Class at Stanwell Fields Primary School, which I visited a couple of weeks ago. I did an assembly for the whole school in the morning, then taught some creative writing sessions for the rest of the day; as I was packing up to go home, one of the teachers presented me with this lovely little booklet that her class had made:

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A day in Derbyshire libraries

The librarians of Derbyshire invited me to their fine county last week to talk about my books and launch their Summer Reading Challenge.

I spent the morning in Chesterfield library and the afternoon in Ilkeston.

The first photo shows me with Councillor Dave Allen and some pupils from Abercrombie school; the others are from Chesterfield and Ilkeston libraries.

More on the library’s pages:

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

This is what a good writer looks like

Thank you, Lilyrose - you came to my talk at Teddington Library last week, and did these two brilliant pictures to show just what a good writer looks like:

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Cholsey and Agatha Christie

Just around the corner from Cholsey Primary School, where I am currently the Patron of Reading, is a small and beautiful church. When I was visiting the school a couple of weeks ago - I'll write about that visit here very soon - I nipped away at lunchtime and, rather than sitting in the staffroom, wandered through the churchyard, past mossy graves, to a heavy stone squatting in the furthest corner from the entrance. This grave belongs to Agatha Christie, who lived a couple of miles away on the outskirts of Wallingford, and attended the church.

Here is the front of the grave:

This is taken from the other side, with the church in the background: 

And here is the entrance to Cholsey church: 

Next time I visit Cholsey, I'm planning to walk across the fields to Christie's home, Winterbrook House. And I'll also ask the children at the school how much they know about their famous neighbour, and whether any of them have read or watched the exploits of Poirot and Miss Marple.