This post was written by peterjmurray on July 18th, 2016 9:02 am Comments Off on LEEDS LEADS THE WAY!

Great 'Scabbajack' artwork at Hollybush

Kath and I finished off the summer term in style. We travelled up the M1 to Leeds to visit the Bramley cluster of six schools, hopefully to enthuse lots of reading during the summer hols. We took on a ground floor apartment in nearby Headingly to avoid travelling up and down the motorway, and that proved a real asset to our ‘Leeds experience’.

Raynville Primary was our first port of call – a dramatic Mokee Joe presentation in the morning for all of KS2, followed by a short story writing workshop in the afternoon for Years 5 and 6. Everything went smoothly and by the end of the day we had a real ‘buzz’ for our books resounding around the school. Just the effect we had hoped for!

Similar visits to Whitecotes, Hollybush, Valley View, Bramley and Bramley St Peters produced equally great results. All of the schools were welcoming and the staff were just as enthusiastic as the pupils to find out about our books and the amazing

Kath outside poppy display at Hollybush

series of events that lead up to me writing them.

During our Leeds Week we got to know our way around the area and especially the whereabouts of all the local supermarkets and eateries. I even managed to get in a few runs around Headingley to keep up my fitness levels. All in all, a great week.

A MASSIVE ‘thank you’ to all of the teachers who helped organise our visits and to the other staff and pupils for making such friends of us. The Bramley cluster have asked me to be their Patron of Reading and that means I will definitely be back. Have a lovely summer….and keep on reading!


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