Getting Children Active Through Stories

Perhaps more often than not, reading does stop us from getting outside. So what can we, as parents, do to counteract this? I've put together a few ideas to encourage our lovely bookworms into being more active at an early age. Read on to start your outdoor story...

The Importance of Bedtime Stories

JK Rowling has been quoted as saying "I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp", which always makes me wonder what the context of this quote is. Was she speaking with Government Ministers who were threatening to send every child to bed at 7pm...

Being A Bookworm

The stereotype of a bookworm is a girl (or boy) wearing glasses, pale skin, no style and no social skills. I certainly tick some of those boxes. I feel, though, that I have other attributes and interests to take me beyond that stereotype. And, in fact, a stereotype is...

The Story Idea

Every author gets asked "where do you get your ideas from?" and I suspect every author has a different answer. In my case, the ideas come from things I see and hear around me every day. For instance, the rhyme Making Friends (working title) came about through two...

Writing – A Point of View

Writing doesn't always come easily to me. Take this blog for instance. I know that I want to publish a new blog every Thursday. I even have blog topics planned through until July. But have I written the blogs in advance? Well, some, but not all. Specifically not this...

Lum’s Adventures in Fenwick

Josie and I have had a busy week in Fenwick. Josie spent a lot of time reading her/my stories, sharing stickers, talking to children and their families, making announcements on the tannoy and organising her display table. She did...

The Route to Fenwick

It started in January 2017 when I attended an introductory day for a new course being run by Colbea (the Business Enterprise Agency in Colchester). The course was funded by the RBS Skills and Opportunity Fund which meant that participants paid a 'deposit' to attend...

Easter Gift Ideas

If you love the fun of Easter but worry about how much chocolate your children eat in the space of one weekend, why not choose a non-chocolate gift this year? I've put together a list of 10 gorgeous gifts for the child in your life, and a couple of bonus ideas for...

90 Minutes Later We Had A Story!

Immediately before any public event, my emotions are on a rollercoaster. I'm over-excited but nervous, stressed and tearful. Usually, I find that I suddenly have a thousand-and-one things to do before I can start preparing for the event. This time was worse because...

My First Festival

With just two days until my festival debut, I'm feeling excited, organised, nervous and I have been having dreams about it. The dreams have included arriving at the venue without my books; going to the wrong venue; having no attendees (I cried in this one!), and in a...