MOKEE JOE 6 LAUNCH!

This post was written by peterjmurray on November 20th, 2017 6:51 pm Comments Off on MOKEE JOE 6 LAUNCH!

Well, at last, the final Mokee Joe book is out! Without doubt it’s the most exciting and action-packed book of the series and it’s called:

Mokee Joe: Scourge of the Emirates.

…And where better than Dubai for the action to take place – including the final battle on top of the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalif.

Roughwood Primary was our first choice of ‘launch pad’ for the new book…and what a perfect place it proved to be! We’ve been going there for a great number of years and we have fans spanning over several Roughwood School generations.

    Mokee Joe – the final battle!

MORE HIGHS AT DENBIGH HIGH!

This post was written by peterjmurray on November 5th, 2017 1:59 pm Comments Off on MORE HIGHS AT DENBIGH HIGH!

Our last school visit before a short break was with our good friends at Denbigh High School in Luton.

It proved to be another very tiring, but fulfilling day, working with Year 7’s in the morning and two workshops in the afternoon. The presentation centred around the Scabbajack and Kruschmeister books and was very well received – the audience a little on the quiet side at first, but by the end of the presentation bubbling with excitement and definitely in a mood for Halloween (that very night!)

Workshops involved guests from the nearby Linslade Middle School and they joined in brilliantly, pupils from each school coming up with some very professional story writing in line with the task I gave them. I never cease to be amazed by the talented young writers out there. They fill me full of hope (as well as fear of impending competition!).

Once again we really enjoyed our time at Denbigh High School. It is easy to see why this school has been classified as ‘outstanding’. Thank you so much to Amy Lane and her team for all of the wonderful hospitality we received.

Hope you survived Halloween after my visit!

PJM

HIGH SCHOOL HALLOWEEN HIGHS!

This post was written by peterjmurray on November 4th, 2017 5:16 pm Comments Off on HIGH SCHOOL HALLOWEEN HIGHS!

      Halloween display at St Peter’s

As Halloween approached rapidly, Kath and I made our way to one of favourite schools in Huntingdon,Cambridgeshire – St Peter’s. I have been Patron of Reading at this wonderful school over the past year and enjoyed

Well done, Lisa! You can almost feel the heat!

every minute of it. The object of the exercise was to build an author/school relationship to enthuse reading and inspire writing and from what we have seen during our visits I think between all of us we’ve more than realised our objectives.

After an earlier flooding disaster in the lovely library, the amazing librarians, Rachel and Lisa, had somehow got everything back in order for our recent visit. Moreover, Lisa had put together a stunning artificial camp fire decoration in the centre of the library floor for my 90+ Year 7 students to gather round for my story telling sessions.

    Molly’s new look for the new Mokee Joe book

The day was quite exhausting with two ‘camp fire’ story telling sessions, a prize giving resulting from competitions during my last visit and two workshops in the afternoon. Phew! But didn’t we have a good time! It was brilliant and Kath and I enjoyed ourselves so much. I think one of the highlights was awarding prizes to three Year 10 girls who had presented hairstyle designs for Molly’s new look in the final Mokee Joe book. They were ‘blown away’ by the fact that the cover artist, Paul B Davies (he designed the original poster for Stephen King’s terrifying ‘IT’ movie), had studied their designs in creating Molly’s new look.

Thanks, Rachel, Lisa, and all of the lovely students at St Peter’s for making us so welcome and for making my job as Patron of Reading so easy. It’s been an absolute pleasure! We are looking forward to signing lots of books for your Year 7 students and seeing whether they dare take on the challenge I gave them – to read them in bed!  Bye for now.

PJM

CARRFIELD, TEMPLE NORMANTON, RAVENFIELD

This post was written by peterjmurray on November 4th, 2017 1:30 pm Comments Off on CARRFIELD, TEMPLE NORMANTON, RAVENFIELD

Leaving behind the majestic countryside of South Oxfordshire, we headed off on a familiar journey up the M1 towards our Northern roots in South Yorkshire.

Many of our school visits arise via word of mouth, and our next port of call was down to a teacher-friend of ours from East Dene School. Andy Morton, now moved to Carrfield Primary School at Bolton-on-Dearne, had sung our praises and set up a visit. Well…we had a fabulous time at this new school (new to us!) launching into our Mokee Joe presentation with gusto…and didn’t the Carrfield kids love it!

The visit was over all too soon, but not before we found out that there’s lots more great schools in this area, which for some reason have escaped our attention. We’ll soon put that right!  It also turned out that Carrfield is a keen footballing school, so we promise to be back VERY soon with our Kruschmeister story.  ‘Thank you’ Mr Morton…it seems we are going to be very busy in your neck of the woods for some considerable time!

Reading a great book in the fab new Temple Normanton library

It was on to Temple Normanton next; a small village school with only 41 pupils making up our KS2 audience. But what they lacked in numbers they more than made up for in enthusiasm. We decided to perform our Bonebreaker and Ten O’ Clock Caller presentation and it wasn’t long before the pupils were  ‘hooked’ on our books! The following day we carried out a book signing in their recently renovated library and were astounded just how many books were acquired by avid readers. Brilliant!

Thanks to everyone at Temple Normanton for looking after us so well. We will be back again before too long, we promise!

Final school of the week was just a stone’s  throw from our Northern base in Rotherham. Ravenfield Primary – a school which we have driven past many times, but never stopped to visit and do our stuff…until now! We decided to talk about Mokee Joe and describe how I became an author – especially relevant as it all happened in Rotherham over 14 years ago. In fact, my niece, Donna, who reminded me of the classic game of Mokee Joe, which gave rise to the creation of the series, works in the school with the Foundation children. She even managed to get over to see us during the subsequent book signing and say ‘hello’. To make matters even more interesting, one of the younger pupils in our audience, Henry, introduced himself as a distant relative of mine! It turned out that Harry’s granddad is my cousin and his gran a close friend of mine back in our schooldays. We have since found out where they live and had a fab reunion with them. If you’re reading this blog, Jess and Wendy…’Hi’ from me and Kath and see you again soon.

All in all, a great week working in the area where I was born and brought up. Three great schools and three more lots of keen fans! What more could a northern author want!

PJM

 

ON THE BANKS OF THE LEAFY THAMES!

This post was written by peterjmurray on November 4th, 2017 12:42 pm Comments Off on ON THE BANKS OF THE LEAFY THAMES!

            Leafy Thames at Moulsford Prep

After the delights of Northumbria, it was time to sample the delights of an ideally-situated beautiful prep school on the banks of the Thames. Moulsford Prep are good friends of ours and it always proves a real pleasure to get in front of a packed, all-boy audience, and spook them with my scary books!

This time it was the turn of the Kruschmeister – the huge, savage football player who delights in taking the opposing players legs from under him (and usually cracking a bone or two at the same time!). I talked about the prequel, Scabbajack, first, and really got some tension into the Yr 5 to 7 enthusiastic and attentive audience. I have to say that the downbeat and dilapidated setting for both books seemed far removed from the lush Oxfordshire school grounds outside!

Yet again, Kath and I were made extremely welcome during our stay and I really hope that we contributed significantly towards the success of the Moulsford Prep Art Week. Many of the boys were asking about the Mokee Joe series…it seems there are more than a few avid fans. Hence, if Mr Martin is willing to have us back, we will return early in the next academic year to present the final book in the series…due out in a few weeks time – Mokee Joe: Scourge of the Emirates.

Thanks to everyone at Moulsford – hope you enjoyed your half-term break.

PJM

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