December 2015
writing

December 2015

December is a lovely month. I’ve been to schools and acted out the story of Jesus being born, our tree is decorated and in our back room, presents are wrapped and cards written.  We have our carol concert still to come at the school where I teach. The children are working hard learning songs and speaking their lines clearly. At the … Continue reading

November 2015
writing

November 2015

Part of being a writer is meeting people and listening to their stories to add ideas to your own story. I’ve spent time researching an idea I have for a book set in America in the 1930s. The internet has been invaluable for articles, audio records and photographs. But so have people who were alive then, like Sylvia who … Continue reading

October 2015
writing

October 2015

I was in Manchester recently for the Denzell Garden’s Book Festival. It’s a great event with a lovely family atmosphere and story telling, face painting, competitions and amazing food wagons to entertain – as well as the writers. While I was in Manchester I went to the Lowry Art Gallery and came across the instillation I used … Continue reading

September
writing

September

I had a wonderful trip to Lee-on-the Solent on the English south coast, near Portsmouth last week and went to the Hovercraft Museum there. Hovercrafts were a British invention and used to cross water, especially across the English Channel and to get to the Isla of Wight. They ‘floated’ on a cushion of air and were driven by very … Continue reading

July 2015
writing

July 2015

I spent a week in Sheffield recently. It is a great city with amazing coffee shops that sell awesomely yummily scrumptious cakes. In Netheredge (a part of Sheffield) we discovered an open market with a prize winning pie stall called Cossack Cuisine. It was full of brilliant pies. These two men run the stall. At some stage, they might turn up in … Continue reading

June 2015
writing

June 2015

Happy June! The old fashioned fire engine on the top photograph drove past me when I was in Sheffield recently. I’m on the look out for interesting old things as I’m working on an idea for a book set in the 1930s. At the moment I am photographing things, visiting art galleries and museums and writing paragraphs. … Continue reading