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With all the  downbeat happenings re the pandemic and such, I’ve just had two great uplifting events and I want to tell you about them.

  1. A wonderful batch of letters (30 in total) were sent to me from a school in Staffordshire. The school in question is St Benedict Biscop School and the letters were from the Year 5’s. They had just finished reading my first ever book – Mokee  Joe is Coming! The letters were extremely neat and well-written and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. Receiving so many letters I would normally just scan them to get the overall gist of them, but in this case I couldn’t help but read every one in detail! Each of the Year

    A wonderful collection of letters!

    5’s gave me a rave review of the narrative, listing their favourite parts of the book and their favourite characters. They also had a mountain of questions for me and I’ve already written a compilation of answers and replied to them. A HUGE thank you to Ms Parkin the class teacher, and all of the Year 5’s for making me feel so uplifted and encouraged to carry on writing. You make it all worthwhile for authors like me – and like I said, I can’t thank you enough. The icing on the cake would be to visit your lovely school when things eventually return to normal. In the meantime, enjoy the second book (Mokee Joe Recharged) and I  hope to hear similar encouraging comments on this story.

  2. The second uplifting event is that I’m returning to teaching. I’ve just secured a post at a wonderful school to carry out some one-to-one English teaching and I can’t wait! Since the pandemic put paid to school visits I’ve really missed being in the school environment and the interaction with pupils and staff. I’m so looking forward to being back in school again,  and hopefully passing onto pupils my passion for literacy and my experiences of succeeding with the written word! In addition to all of this, I’m still writing new books and will be releasing new titles in the not-to-distant future so watch this space as they say. Things are looking much more optimistic at the moment, what with possible vaccines and increased readily available testing etc, so don’t be too downhearted and think positive. I’m sure it won’t be too long before Kath and I are back in your schools to thrill and encourage you with our latest spooky offerings. So stay safe and hope to see you soon.  PJM


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