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Kath and I have just spent an entire week working in one school – Beech Hill Primary School in Luton. This school has a reading culture like you wouldn’t believe. The staff and pupils treat it as completely ‘normal’ to allow their lives to revolve around books, which makes their school environment a total paradise for an author like me!

Pete with artist, Shaheena, in front of her brilliant display

Working at the same school every day was almost like being a teacher again, except that maths was no longer on my agenda! We worked with Years 5 and 6, eight classes in total, all totally devoted to my books, especially Mokee Joe and Bonebreaker.  Our good friend and Deputy Head, Mr Gary Hawkins, ensured that everything went smoothly and he even timetabled in a few ‘special’ sessions, working with Year 7’s and 8’s from the nearby Denbigh High School –  a huge success thanks to the enthusiasm of the 18 boys and three teachers who took part. We did our short spooky story workshop with them over two sessions and by the end of it they were desperate to read the Ten O’ Clock Caller compilation and write spooky stories of their own. We heard that one of the boys had written his story within three hours of returning to his school. Brilliant!

Other sessions with special needs children proved a real delight and a great week seemed to be had by one and all.  Another

Pete with VERY keen fans at Beech Hill Primary

good friend from this school, Mrs Linda Carey, ensured that the end-of-the-week book signings went smoothly and that all children got the few signed books that they hadn’t already got. Around mid-week another author turned up at the school to carry out some amazing art workshops. The author is known to us just a little – our son and Icky Doo Dah author, Simon Murray. Seriously, it was lovely to have him around and of course, Mum and Mrs Carey made a great fuss over him. Lucky old Simon!

All in all a FABULOUS week at this FABULOUS school -the entire staff and pupils without exception pull together as a great team and for one week each year Kath and I are privileged to be part of it. See you all next year with my new football book – KRUSCHMEISTER – can’t wait!


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