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Bonebreaker Drama at Long Lane Primary

Working in local West Berkshire schools goes on…and Kath and I can’t get enough of it!

We started another busy week at Welford and Wickham Primary and they brought across their sister school, Stockcross Primary. The two KS2 audiences of around 60 pupils combined beautifully to set the scene for one of our dramatic Mokee Joe presentations. The weather outside was dire…incessant pouring rain. But inside Welford and Wickham primary it was a very different atmosphere – spooky, humorous and, most important of all – great fun!

Lovely work from Chieveley Fans

Tuesday found us at another wonderful local school, Chieveley Primary. We’ve bypassed Chieveley many times

whilst driving up and down the A34, but this time we headed off to find out what this school was like. We were not disappointed! We found the school full of avid readers and with a Headteacher with northern roots (Lancashire)…we couldn’t go wrong! Again we used Mokee Joe to stir up our audience, and the book-signing the next day almost broke records! Many of our new fans presented us with work of their own based on Mokee Joe and I took a pic of some of their efforts…hope you like it. Big thanks to Ellie, Evie, Nathaniel, Grace for their artwork and to Maxwell, Mostyn and Eliot for their great 3-d model of Mokee Joe.

Wednesday found us at Long Lane Primary in Purley, a school we already had fond memories of from a previous visit. They proved just as fantastic a second time and loved our Bonebreaker presentation. This was followed by a mass workshop centred on writing short scary stories. We used our Ten O’ Clock Callerbook for the workshop and I was VERY cruel

Signing for eager fans at Long Lane Primary

and kept leaving the audience on cliff hangers. Needless to say, the pupils were desperate to get hold of the book the next day during our signing! A big thank you to everyone at Long Lane for making me ‘Author of the Month’ and for putting upwith all my scary antics!

Final call of the week was to Kennet Valley Primary The Head teacher is someone we met at the beginning of my

author career some 12 years ago. Mrs Devine has long been a fan of ours and it was great to meet up with her again out in the wilds of the Newbury/Reading borders. The school loved this, our first visit, during which we wowed them with Mokee Joe. And the signing on Friday morning rounded off a perfect week – so many books signed for such a relatively small school!

Thank you to all staff and pupils at each of these fab local schools.  I feel confident in saying a good time was had by all…and certainly a good time was had by us. See you all again soon.

PJM

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