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Following a great visit to West Melton Primary in my home-town of Rotherham – thanks to Ian and Zoe for making Kath and I so welcome – I decided to go to the New York Stadium and watch Rotherham United v Bournemouth…the first match I’ve been to for a LONG time! Although I thoroughly enjoyed the match, it was disappointing to see the Millers lose 0-2, even though they played really well.  During the game it snowed and I got to feel very cold. Little did I know that this snow was only the start of a whole load of the ‘white stuff’ we were to encounter the following week during our visit to Whetley Academy in Bradford.

Whetley Snow Artists!

We launched our Mokee Joe books with gusto at this wonderful school. They had a theme of ‘GIANTS’ running through their curriculum and so our very own seven-foot tall monster made his presence more than known during our four days there. Mrs Gavin and her totally enthusiastic staff ensured that our week flew by and everyone seemed to get something from our visit. We’ve almost been adopted by Whetley Academy now and are looking forward to lots of future visits. Watch out all you staff and pupils…YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET!

After almost succumbing to cold and flu viruses, Kath and I felt good again and headed for South Wales to visit a great

New fans at Dolau Primary School

school close to the M4 around Cardiff – Dolau Primary. We’d no idea what to expect at this school, it was a first visit owing to the sister of one of the staff there recommending us. We accepted everyone’s warm welcome (extremely warm!) and launched into our updated Mokee Joe presentation. Little could have prepared us for the impact of the presentation! The next day we were inundated with artwork related to our books and loads of ideas for my next Mokee Joe book suggested by ‘wannabee’ authors! Brilliant! We signed books until my arm almost dropped off and headed back down the M4 trying to stay one step ahead of snowy weather. As luck would have it, we arrived back in our Berkshire base just as the snowy weather closed in. Wow! Close shave! Thank you to Mr Hopton, to the lovely Head and all of the VERY welcoming staff and pupils for making our trip down the M4 so worthwhile. We WILL be back…count on it!


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