ISLE OF MAN KRUSCHMEISTER TOUR

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Pete with ghostly gravestones near Dhoon School

The time had arrived for our return to the Isle of Man…not for the famous TT races, but to take our newest book, Kruschmeister, over the Irish Sea to our army of Manx fans.

We stayed in a lovely residence in Onchan and it really proved a ‘home from home’ for us during our ten day stay. Thank you to Paula, our IOM landlady!

Our visits were to Rushen, Kirk Michael, St John’s, Dhoon and Bunscoill Rhumsaa primary schools…all friends of ours and wonderful schools to be back with. Our chosen books were Bonebreaker and Kruschmeister and we just happened to have our brand new Kruschmeister posters with us, hot off the press only a few days before our voyage over to the island.

All of the schools gave us a great welcome and the presentations had our fans on the edge of their seats…borne out by the extensive book-signings that took place afterwards. Isle of Man Year 3’s proved tough to say the least and showed no signs of being overcome by the scariness and fictional violence contained in the narratives.

Pete and Kath trekking down Dhoon Glen

In between our visits, we took lots of opportunities to explore the island and staying over the weekend gave us plenty of time to travel around and see some of the beautiful sights…all enhanced by the almost freakish early summery weather!

We love the environs of Rushen School and visited the nearby Port Erin, Port St

Fab Year 4 Bonebreaker Artwork at Bunscoill Rhumsaa

Mary and the fabulous Rushen Abbey. Kirk Michael School gave us an excuse to nip over to Peel and have more than one ice cream sitting out on the promenade looking across to the ancient castle. Dhoon School always seems to send us across the road and heading off down to the isolated coves hidden along the dramatic coastline (real Viking attacking scenery!). This time we also made the walk down Dhoon Glen and back…beautiful, but exhausting! And Burnscoill Rhumsaa saw us heading over the mountain road more than once with Snaefell hovering over us temptingly…but we never made the top on this occasion!

We met so many lovely people during our stay on the island…everyone so friendly and welcoming. Big thanks to Rosie, Chloe and Henry at Bunscoill Rhumsaa…librarians par excellance! To Angela, of the Bridge Bookshop in Ramsay – we look forward to working with her in the future. All best wishes to the Heads of Rushen and Kirk Michael, Tom and Tony, for a long and well-earned retirement (hope you enjoy the Kruschmeister books – a little light reading!)

…And finally…we are so thrilled to have already made the reservation to return during World Book Week, in March 2018, to enthuse all of our Manx Mokee Joe fans with our forthcoming new (and final) Mokee Joe book.

CAN’T WAIT!!

PJM

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