School visits

Presentation ready! Author ready!!
Presentation ready! Author ready!!

Last week I went back to my old school to talk to some of their Year 7 pupils about writing Sorrowline and my career in animation. I’ll admit I was pretty nervous as I pulled into the car park and went into the reception, dodging groups of lunch-time pupils looking at me suspiciously.

It’s changed a lot since I was there – all for the better – but memories of grim school days still prevail! But my fears were unfounded! The pupils were a delight, about 35 Gifted & Talented who listened intently, and asked lots of questions! I can home buzzing, feeling like a rock star!

But then I had to do it all over again today for World Book Day. This time it was a different school, and it was the entire Year 6 pupils – about 65 in all! So the butterfiles came back and I started thinking it would be a disaster! I’m relieved and happy to report that the afternoon was a barnstormer – in spite of a jokey comparison to the bald,glasses-wearing funster Harry Hill! If anything I had even MORE questions than last week, and lots of enthused faces. Given that they had to sit on the floor for two hours I was impressed with their attention and politeness. I came home bouncing like Tigger! It’s great to meet so many enthusiastic young people who just get where you’re coming from, and are really engaged in what you’re telling them.


Writer & Artist based in the North East of England.

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