HIGH WINDS, STORMS AND MOKEE JOE!

This post was written by peterjmurray on February 16th, 2022 5:28 pm Comments Off on HIGH WINDS, STORMS AND MOKEE JOE!

As if the poor people of the Isle of Wight haven’t got enough to put up with, what with stormy weather and high winds, now they have to put up with my infamous Mokee Joe creature causing increasing havoc in schools across the island!

Broadlea Primary showed why they are such avid readers in the way they queued around the school hall after my second presentation to upper KS2 to get their signed copies of books.

Amelia; Christ the Kings College

It was then onto some of the islands older pupils at Christ the King College in Newport. Two groups of approximately 80 year 7’s filed into the theatre to share the full story of how I became an author, leading onto the stories behind all the six books of the series. They really embraced the experience and it was a pleasure to speak to them all. The college is a great place with a fab library and the staff were just brilliant.  The subsequent book signing was organised with nothing short of military precision by Mrs Lambert, Adele and Donna. Some of the girls sported Molly’s new hairstyle from the final book in the Mokee Joe series. Amelia, shown here, looked great…her space buns not quite visible in the picture. A BIG thank you to all for making us so welcome.

The idea behind this IOW tour was to establish contact in as many local schools as possible and to use our newly-acquired Rookley Park base as a means of working with pupils as much as possible. Well I’m pleased to report that our project seems to have taken off faster than I could have hoped for! Word is spreading rapidly and more and more island schools are coming on board. Fantastic. Bring it on! We love being on the Isle of Wight and can’t get enough of the place. As I said in an earlier blog, it’s bursting with myth legend and spooky stories, enough to keep an author like me busy for life. And I really want to share this passion with as many ‘wannabee’ young writers as possible.

Final two schools of our first wave of visits was to St Helen’s Primary and Queensgate Primary over in Cowes.  St Helens is a small school and provided our smallest audience of the tour with just 42 KS2 pupils. This was a stroke of luck for us really, as our book supplies were dwindling fast. And with Queensgate about to give us our biggest KS2 audience of 230 pupils we hoped we might just have enough books!

Well, St Helens may have had the smallest audience, but one of their smallest pupils, Liam, turned out to be the fastest by far! Mokee Joe chased him twice around the school hall, but failed miserably to catch him. Well done, Neil! The book signing the next day was small, but it was lovely to meet some new fans eager to digest their books during half term.

Onto Queensgate the following day – our last visit of the tour. They say to save the best until last…WOW! I also say that ‘the bigger the audience, the bigger the ‘buzz”…and this certainly proved to be the case!

At Queensgate with the lovely Maya…love the hairstyle!

The staff and pupils filled the hall (the first time for us since pre-Covid days) and it really was back to ‘normality’ and euphoria in every respect! WE LOVED IT AT QUEENSGATE…and were so excited about the book signing arranged for the following morning on the last day before half-term. So many pupils would be reading our books during the holiday….we thought!  But Storm Eunice had other ideas! Well…we all know the rest! Total disruption and closed schools and a book signing that never happened!

But don’t worry, Queensgate, we will get those books to your fabulous KS2 pupils by hook or by crook! A MASSIVE thanks to Mrs Hunter and all of the other staff and pupils for giving us the best ending ever to our IOW tour…such a shame the weather had to spoil things!

We wish a lovely half term to ALL of our fans on the Isle of Wight. We will be back after the Easter break to visit more schools and create a more pleasant type of chaos with the infamous Mokee Joe following close behind us.

PJM

 

 

FANTASTIC TIME ON THE ISLE OF ‘FRIGHT’!

This post was written by peterjmurray on February 13th, 2022 1:10 pm Comments Off on FANTASTIC TIME ON THE ISLE OF ‘FRIGHT’!

Well…we’ve reached the end of our first week of school visits on the wonderful Isle of Wight! PHEW!

 

Lanesend, Wroxall, Nettlestone and Broadlea primaries have given us the best time ever! As said in my previous blog, I think the lack of visitors and whole-school assemblies due to Covid restrictions have resulted in even more enthusiasm for our entertaining visits and subsequent supplying of our spooky, scary books!

                      I’m going to catch you…Mokee Joe!

In all four schools the staff and pupils have been brilliant! I

I’m going to finish Mokee Joe book 1 if I have to read all night!!

have chased willing pupils around the school with renewed energy! I love the pic here of the boy being chased at Lanesend. His expression is a mix of pleasure and terror! This is what spooky books are all about. It’s great to use the imagination to bring on the scariness, but always feeling safe at the same time. What can be safer than reading a book tucked up in bed??

Hope you like the pics of yet more girls sporting Molly’s latest

Space Buns’ galore at Lanesend Primary

hairstyle. The ‘Space Buns Look’ really seems to be catching on!

 

I’ve showed a lot more pics here, because pics sometimes say more than words. Hope u like them!

     I’ve got my book…great!

Another week of IOW schools next week…watch this space!

 

          Wroxall Feedback!

EXPLOSIVE START ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT!

This post was written by peterjmurray on February 9th, 2022 4:22 pm Comments Off on EXPLOSIVE START ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT!

Two schools have already given us the best start ever to our ‘Mokee Joe Invasion’ of the Isle of Wight!

Kacey at Wroxall sporting books and ”space buns’!

Lanesend and Wroxall Primary Schools were ab fab hosts and we had the best time ever over the last  few days. Mokee Joe was relentless in chasing unsuspecting KS2 pupils around the school hall, whilst Pete and Kath-with-a-K entertained pupils thirsting for knowledge of the spooky, scary, 6-book Mokee Joe series.

Maybe it’s because of schools being starved of visitors

Another ‘Wroxall Gal’ – Maddison – with Molly hairstyle

and large assembly-like audiences for such a long time that the current response to our visits is nothing short of euphoric (look up the meaning KS2!). So many memorable moments during these last two visits…so many ‘Molly hairstyles’, lots of lovely questions, great artwork and feedback and a real desire to get stuck into our books. What more could an author want!

Watch out Isle of Wight…we’ve only just started!

PJM

ROCKING AT ROCKINGHAM!

This post was written by peterjmurray on February 5th, 2022 9:30 am Comments Off on ROCKING AT ROCKINGHAM!

Darcie, complete with ‘space buns’. GREAT

Just prior to getting ourselves ready for our big Isle of Wight tour, we had unfinished business at Rockingham Primary School! This was a postponed visit due to me being ill some time earlier, but we more than made up for the delay in entertaining the junior KS2 pupils in the hall with none other than Mokee Joe prancing around and up to his antics!

After chasing the fastest boy in the school, Archie, around the school hall, I was still fit enough to take the audience on a virtual tour of New York, New Orleans and finally to Dubai, following the exploits of the good guys, Hudson, Molly and Ash, as they fought against their deadly enemy.

Some of the Year 6’s had seen part of the Mokee Joe presentation before, but they still sat glued to the action and were keen to acquire the later books in the series during the book signing.

Molly’s new hairstyle yet again made a big impact on the audience and I was so touched when little Darcie came the next morning to get her signed books with an almost identical hair style to the great girl hero. Hope you like the pic, Darcie?

Just to say a huge thank you to Jane Fernley and all her staff at the Willow Tree Academy schools…they have all been BRILLIANT!  Lovely headteachers, lovely staff and lots of polite and lovely kids. What more could an author want???

Off to pack for the Isle of Wight now. Mokee Joe was last seen heading for the Southampton ferry. Oh dear!!

PJM

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