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Ms Gulliver's lovely library at Northfield St Nicholas

Having somehow lost the last blog, I’m now re-typing it and hope I can remember all the great things I had to say about the three amazing schools involved! Here goes…

First call was to the fab school where I have the honour of being the ‘Patron of Reading’ – Northfield St Nicholas Primary, near Lowestoft in Suffolk. Ms Gulliver, librarian and ‘bezzie mate’, ensured we had two great days organised to her usual high standard. Short story workshops were carried out with all KS2 classes and we even slipped in an Icky Doo Dah presentation for the younger fans in KS1. All in all a great couple of days and the fact that we were staying in our lovely lodge again at the nearby Fritton Country Park added to the occasion. The weather was real ‘Indian Summer’ weather and the couple of hours fishing I managed in the evening provided some great catches. Can’t wait to be back again in June. See you all then.

Second port of call was up in Cambridgeshire to visit a new school to us, St Peter’s  – Huntingdon. We

Great Display in St Peter's Library

were met by another fab librarian, Lisa Bond, and she looked after us so well from the beginning to the end of our memorable stay. I did a Mokee Joe presentation to around 180 Year 7’s plus a handful of Year 8’s and their enthusiasm and attentiveness was a credit to them. I also did a short-story workshop in the afternoon for two Year 7 classes and again the pupils couldn’t have worked better. A big book-signing the next day earned us real ‘brownie points’ in the eyes of Lisa and the English staff. We plan to return to this great school and hopefully build an author-school relationship over the coming years. Thank you to all at St Peter’s for making us so welcome.

Kath making friends with a Trinity College porter!

Rather than go home and make a long journey back to Luton to visit a school the following Monday, Kath and I decided to have a nostalgic weekend around Cambridge – we lived in Cambridge for one year whilst I studied at Churchill College for my Masters degree. We stayed at the Quiet Waters caravan park in the beautiful village of Hemmingford Abbotts. Our caravan was a BIG change from the Huntingdon Marriott Hotel where we’d stayed for the last two days, but the setting was amazing – right on the banks of the Great Ouse river. More fishing! Yeah! We spent a lovely Saturday strolling around Cambridge re-visiting all the old haunts, including Clare College where we attended the May Ball all those years ago.

After a lovely weekend, on to our last school of the current tour, Denbigh Primary School in Luton. Another new school to us

Danielle and Shanel with Pete at Denbigh Primary

– but what a great find! Danielle Cacia was assigned to look after us and she did just that! Endless cups of tea, coffee and other refreshments as we set about our job of enthusing lots of Year 5’s and 6’s. The pupils and staff were an absolute delight to work with and a real bonus was to meet up with our son, Simon, the following day during our book-signing. We’d forgot he’d booked a day himself to work at the school with his Icky Doo Dah art-based workshops. Again, we’re already planning a return visit and hope to build a similar excellent relationship akin to the one we have already with the nearby Beech Hill Primary.  A BIG thank you to Danielle and all of the staff and pupils at Denbigh Primary for bringing our two-week tour to such a gratifying end.


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