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Francis...our 'agent' from Redcourt St Anselm's

The Wirral is another area where we seem to be growing in stature re our spooky books. First port of call, a new school, Redcourt St Anselm’s. This is a small independent school, but full of avid readers and now, we are pleased to say, full of Mokee Joe fans. We acquired a visit to this lovely school via courtesy of a good friend and huge fan. Francis is a Year 5 pupil and we owe much to him for spreading the word on the popularity of our books. Hope you like the pic of us, Francis! And a big ‘thank you’ to Ms Mazumder for being such a lovely hostess.

After our great start to the week we moved on to the Cheshire Oaks Shopping Outlet to do a bit of early Christmas shopping

The Mayor, the author and the Headteacher!

and then…back to work…to Whitby High School, for our third visit. A big audience of Year 8’s gave us their undivided attention as we went into ‘high scare mode’ with three of our scariest books, Moonwailer, Scabbajack and Ten O’ Clock Caller. Judging by the expressions on the sea of Year 8 faces, they were more than up for the scary nature of the seriously spooky tales and I’ve a feeling we may well be signing quite a few books before the week’s out. Tomorrow is a repeat performance with the Year 7’s and then it’s into the ‘whistle and flute’ (suit) for the  evening’s presentation at which yours truly is making a short speech (I’ve promised it will be short!) before making the awards to lots of amazing pupils…can’t wait!

Well-worn library copy!

Well…the presentation was a great experience, much due to the brilliant organisation by Lynne and the other teaching staff. It was an absolute pleasure to meet up with the deserving recipients of the awards (so much talent out there!) and also to meet the Headteacher, Mr Heeley, the governors and the charismatic Mayor, Brian Jones. Everyone made Kath and I feel so welcome. I’m pleased to report that my speech seemed to go down well, despite the references to many tombstones, including my own!

The student presentations went down extremely well and the subsequent book-signings, especially with Year 7, were VERY busy. I also noted the copies of my books in the library were almost worn out. There’s nothing more gratifying to an author than seeing  a tattered and well-thumbed copy of their book!

Thank you, Mr Heeley, Pat O’ Boyle and all of the staff and pupils at Whitby High for giving us such a great time during our stay with you. We’ll see you all again next year. Have a great Christmas!


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