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Ever wonder what happens on an author visit?

June 10, 2014 1 comment

Every writer has their own way of doing school events, but I can tell you a bit about what might happen at one of mine.

A couple of weeks ago I visited the P2s at Blackridge Primary and we had a whale of a time.  Literally – as you will see if you look at the photo.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  There are a few whales on there – including, if you look carefully, a blue squirty whale on the table.  That whale was quite special, because he was a prize.  When I go into schools, I always take my wishing box and the children have a chance to write their own wishes and put them in.  There’s always a prize for the best one – something sea- or beach-related, but not always a whale.

That’s just one of the fun things we do on a school visit.  At Blackridge, we talked about creels and dog whelk shells and woke up our imagination by playing the “what if” game and I can tell you that the P2s had loads of great ideas.  We also did some wondering about what could be in my sparkly box.  (It’s a secret!  I can’t tell you what it is.  But it’s very, very important.  And if you come to one of my author events, then you’ll find out the answer.)  I read a bit from my book, The Wishcatchers, and the children asked lots of really good questions.  As you can see from the pictures, P2 at Blackridge was a fabulous audience. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Before I left, I signed some books.  That’s what I’m doing here, although you might be forgiven for thinking there was more chatting than signing going on.


And finally, there was a big surprise for me – a lovely bouquet of flowers!

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I enjoyed my visit to Blackridge Primary School hugely.  I wonder what stories the P2s have been thinking up since then…