This post was written by peterjmurray on January 25th, 2019 2:47 pm Comments Off on NORTHERN LIGHTS

Two great schools visits took place close to our roots in South Yorkshire….Barnburgh Primary and Maltby Manor Academy.

              Nowhere is safe!

We had a great time at both schools, starting with Barnburgh Primary near Doncaster. The school is close by some popular fishing lakes, so I couldn’t wait to visit both school and lakes to ‘suss’ them out!  It happened that the weather was bitingly cold and hence the lovely warm atmosphere of the school was far more welcoming than the bitter, bleak surroundings of the  fishing lakes!  Mr Taylor and his KS2 audience were delightful…as was everyone who we met at the school. As usually happens, Mokee Joe swept the audience of their feet and by the end of the morning the school was awash with ‘Mokee Joe Mania’!  But nothing could have prepared us for the book-signing the next day! Years 3 to 6 snapped up all

           Great display at Barnburgh!

books on offer to the point where we had to arrange a re-visit next week following an imminent book delivery to top up supplies. It is a real credit to the school to see the ‘love of reading’ existing throughout the community. We can’t wait to be back and hope to build a relationship with Barnburgh Primary  over the coming years. Oh yes…and by the way…we loved the World War 1 Poppy Display at Barnburgh! This is the subject of my new book out in September – watch this space!

Next visit was to Maltby Manor Academy where we have family connections! Miley, in Year 3, is the daughter of our niece, Donna, the very person who inspired me to become an author. It was Donna who reminded us of the childhood game, Mokee Joe, in which I chased her and other family members in a scary game of hide and seek, dressed up as the infamous spooky character (Big black hat and big, scruffy coat).

The 2-form KS2 audience sat spellbound as we took them  through the entire Mokee Joe story, from books 1 to 6. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and the pupils were a real credit to the staff in the way they interacted positively at every opportunity. Due to the enormous success at Barnburgh, we had nowhere near enough books to offer a next-day book-signing at Maltby Manor. However, supplies are due early next week and we will be returning to both schools to fulfil the needs of our avid fans. We can’t wait!

Thank you to Barnburgh and Malty Manor for giving us such a good time. We loved every moment of it, and sense very much that you did too. See you soon.



This post was written by peterjmurray on January 19th, 2019 12:27 pm Comments Off on LOVELY IN LUTON


             One VERY happy Dallow fan!

We got the New Year off to a great start with two visits to Luton schools. Dallow Primary are ‘old’ friends and Lark Rise Primary were new to us.

For the first time, Dallow Primary gave us all of their large KS2 group and Years 3 and 4 joined in the fun. Mokee Joe made a dramatic appearance and even chased an unsuspecting Year 3 around the hall! The hour and a half passed extremely quickly as we took the fab audience for an action-packed ride through all six books of the Mokee Joe series. The book signing, a few days later, proved conclusively that all Dallow year groups had been ‘hooked’ by (what we like to call) ‘Mokee Joe Mania’ as queues of pupils waited patiently to acquire signed copies of our books. A huge ‘thank you’ to Ms Trotman and all Dallow staff in general for making Kath and I feel so welcome. We had a brilliant time and can’t wait to be back.

Next visit was to a new school to us – Lark Rise Primary in nearby Dunstable. Once again the school KS2 audience proved enthusiastic, attentive and interactive in the best possible way. And once again Mokee Joe appeared and entertained all with his spooky exploits. After a great morning  in school and a restful lunch in a nearby café, we returned to perform a workshop on ‘scary-story writing’ with Year 6. I have to say it was one of the most memorable afternoons Kath and I have enjoyed for a long time. We even put together a scary story revolving

around Lark Rise and let’s just say that no-one will be suggesting a reason for spending a night in the school for a very long time…if ever!  The Year 6’s were just great and a pleasure to work with.

Once again the ensuing book signing was extremely well-attended and organised by the school in brilliant fashion!  A ‘HUGE’ thank you to Ms. Francis and all of the staff for being such friendly and helpful hosts. We so enjoyed our first visit to Lark Rise and sincerely hope to be invited back in the not-too-distant future.

Have a lovely weekend everyone…and don’t have nightmares!


This post was written by peterjmurray on January 4th, 2019 2:46 pm Comments Off on HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 TO ALL OUR FANS!

After a relaxing (sometimes tiring!) Christmas and New Year holiday, we are really keen to get back into schools to do what we do best, promote a love of reading…especially our very own creepy, action-packed stories!

                   There’s someone standing right behind you!

It should be a VERY exciting year ahead with my new book to be published around September, and a wonderful new academy trust to work with. The academy trust in question is keen for me to be their ‘Patron of Reading’ and with around 50 schools in the trust this should be more than enough to keep Kath and I VERY busy….Brilliant! 

Of all of our books, it has become increasingly evident that the Mokee Joe books are the most popular of all. There is something a little bit special about the creature that got me into writing in the first place and his everlasting battle to bring down the hero, Hudson Brown and his two friends, Molly Stevens and Ashley Swift. For this reason, we have decided to concentrate on the Mokee Joe series (six books in total) during 2019, as well as devoting a great deal of time to the new book as soon as it’s released. Paul Davies, our amazing cover artist, has read the new  book (title still a secret!) and he loves it. He will be speaking to me in just over a week’s time to discuss the cover and I just know it will prove to be the best cover yet! (No pressure, Paul!) Something else to look forward to is that the new  book will be my first ever story published in a hard-back edition…very exciting!

Oh well…I’m going out now. The sun is shining – though it’s very cold – but it’s good to get out and get the old brain ticking over. Lots to think about!  Hope you’ve all had a good Christmas break and I’ll bet anything that you’re just dying to get back to your schools next week…not!

All our very best wishes for 2019 and Kath and I will hope to meet up with you again before too long. Bye for now.


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