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We have got off to a ‘cracking’ start in ‘James Herriot Country’ up in the Yorkshire Dales.

Leyburn Community Primary School was our first port of call and a HUGE thank you to the head teacher, Ms Sarah Beverage, for hosting our visit and involving three other great schools – Middleham Primary, Spennythorne Primary and Hawes Primary. On our first day we did a big Mokee Joe presentation in front of all four schools and things seemed to go down extremely well with lots of excited pupils eager to read the books…some subsequently e-mailing me to say that I inspired them to become authors themselves…brilliant! Follow-up workshops were carried out at all four schools over the next few days, talking about short-story writing (scary ones of course!) and again, all went down very well. I’m hoping at the time of writing this blog that lots of Dales pupils have since written some great spooky stories of their own. Maybe some will arrive on my doorstep for me to take a look at!

Fond memories of our first three days back at work?  A lovely cosy cottage in Leyburn with a roaring open-fire, lovely coffee shops in Leyburn, wedding cake and wine supplied by our good friend Ms Jo Dobbs at Middleham Primary, unexpected snow causing some excitement – especially on our way back to Hawes and Spennythorne for book signings, tasting endless cheese samples at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes…and lastly, meeting so many enthusiastic pupils and staff in this beautiful part of the world (even in the depths of winter!!).



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