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Kath was ‘grabbed’ by Simon and his wife to babysit Will, our lovely grandson, so I headed off to Luton again on my own to visit Dallow School. This was a first visit and would you believe I turned up a week earlier than expected. No problem…the lovely head teacher (Linda), had everything re-organised and sorted within minutes! What followed was truly brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed performing the Bonebreaker presentation and managed to get through it without a hitch – even without Kath’s invaluable presence! Mrs Gustard-Brown (Mrs G-B as known to all) helped me every step of the way and I would like to thank her here in writing for being such a help and a great sport. (She even became victim to the Moonwailer werewolf and thankfully survived!) I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Dallow Primary school and now include them as part of my Luton following. I’m already planning a return visit…so many more books to tell them about.

Pete with a new friend in Brighton

On to Brighton. I last visited Mile Oak Primary in 2008 and could remember Mr Cooper and the school well, especially as we

Kath and Pete with Barbara in The Lanes

visited close to Christmas and enjoyed the combination of Christmas lights and seaside promenade lights. Same again this time, though the lights of the famous Lanes looked even more striking. I performed my updated Mokee Joe presentation to a big KS2 audience and it went down a treat. Even Mr Cooper seemed engrossed, no doubt observing how much the presentation had grown and evolved over the last six years or so. And in the afternoon our workshop had Mr Cooper just as desperate as the Year 6’s to get his hands on the Ten O’ Clock Caller short story collection. Four Year 4’s also attended the workshop as a treat for creating a great Mokee Joe film which we were privileged to see…really gripping and an indication of how fabulous it would be to one day having the real thing, a super-scary Mokee Joemovie.

Kath with Mr Cooper at Mile Oak Primary

Thank you Mr Cooper for hosting us so well…as per the last time…and hopefully as good as the next time, and this time it

won’t be such a long wait. In fact we’re planning to return to Mile Oak Primary in June after our new football-themed book has been released – KRUSCHMEISTER.

Whilst we were in Brighton we met up with good friends from our days at Cheam School – the talented (and much younger than me) children’s author, Luke Temple, and his mum, Barbara. It was magical wandering around the Lanes with them and enjoying a coffee and a cake in the quaintest of coffee bars. Love to them both and to Mike, Luke’s dad, who couldn’t be there due to ill health – we wish him a speedy recovery.

Next port of call…Essex and Southend! Seems we can’t avoid the seaside at this grey, grim time of year. It’s a good job we get such a warm and bright reception in the schools. Bring it on!


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