On Saturday 19th May I will be at Waterstones, Birkenhead. Looking forward to meeting new children to talk about books and writing. Please pop in and pick up a free bookmark and sticker!
I'll be signing my books for anyone who fancies a copy!
11am - 2.45pm
I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone at Waterstones Warrington and Waterstones Altrincham. My visits to the stores were most enjoyable and I met some lovely children. Looking forward to coming again.
On Saturday 19th May I will be at Waterstones in Birkenhead. There should be plenty of time to pop in to say hello before the Royal Wedding and the Cup Final! I'll be there from 11am.
As a retired teacher and a writer of books for children, I feel very strongly about the importance of encouraging children to read. I often see posts about schools struggling to stock their libraries.
Last year I decided to donate a few books. I picked out ten schools at random. They were from different areas of the country. I sent each school a copy of one of my books as a gift for their library enclosing a note to explain. The packages were addressed to the head teachers. That was it - no strings. Only one acknowledged me.
A few months ago, I was approached by an ex pupil who told me that her child's school was struggling to stock their new library. I sent five books to help out. I received a lovely thank you from a year six pupil on behalf of all the children.
Recently, I donated five books to each of two schools attended by relatives of mine. The children, aged six and eight, were excited to take them in. Almost three weeks have passed and I have not received any acknowledgement from the schools.
Thirteen schools, twenty-five books, only two schools said thank you !!
It saddens me to ask what sort of examples are children being set these days?
Lovely day in Chorley yesterday. The sun shone, the town was alive with people enjoying all the events. I enjoyed watching the dancing and following the bench trail. Well done to all the children involved.
Congratulations to all the contributors who performed and presented, making it a great day for all, and to all those behind the scenes who gave their time and effort.
Thank you to all the lovely people who came along to my talk in the library. It was great to meet you!
Mary and Maisie have been cooking for a long time - over 350 years! They're both ghosts at Cockleshore Castle where they haunt and entertain the visitors together with their ghostly friends.
When a famous master chef holds a cookery course at Cockleshore's Grand Hotel, Mary sees the opportunity to spice up her menu. While she sneaks in to learn some new recipes, Maisie makes friends with Charlie, the master chef's daughter. At first things seem to be going well, but a series of fishy events mean that the cookery course could be a recipe for disaster...
When you've finished this exciting story, just flip the book over for the concluding part of the 'Ghosts of Cockleshore Castle' series : Conflict at Cockleshore Castle.
There's trouble at Cockleshore Castle and it looks like sabotage. But why? The ghosts are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Septimus, Edward and Horace discover the truth : the sabotage means that the castle could be sold to Elmer J. Wutherington who has horrible plans for it - and for the ghosts. What will become of them?
With the help of friends they've made, they hatch a plan to thwart Wutherington... but will they be able to save the Cockleshore Castle?
Horace has been a ghost for over 400 years and he haunts the castle at Cockleshore Bay with is ghostly friends.The only thing is - he misses the sea.
One day, Horace goes to explore one of the ships that visits the bay but accidentally ends up on a cruise! Soon, Horace discovers he isn't the only stowaway on board, and with the help of his new friend William, sets out to discover what this mysterious stowaway is up to...
When you've finished this exciting story, just flip the book over to enjoy Edward and the Book Crooks
Together with his ghostly friends, Edward, the librarian,
entertains (and scares!) the tourists at Cockleshore Castle.
One day he notices tourists behaving suspiciously in the library, and with the help of his new friend, Hannah, decides to investigate. It turns out that they're book crooks and it's up to Edward to stop them...
Septimus Smythe is a ghost with a problem. he is the star attraction at the castle where he haunts, but lately, things haven't been going too well for him. He's been getting stuck in walls, reappearing at the wrong time and removing his head has been getting harder and harder!
The other ghosts decide that Septimus needs a holiday to rest and recover. With the help of his new friend, Jack, Septimus is getting better and better at haunting. But then the Spectre Detectors arrive and threaten everything...
Five stories in three books telling of the adventures of the ghosts who haunt Cockleshore Castle. Read about -
1. Septimus who loses his haunting skills and goes on a working holiday to recover. What will he do when the Spectre Detectors arrive?
2.Horace, the shipwrecked sailor who ends up on a cruise to Majorca and solves a mystery.
3.Edward the ghostly librarian who calls on the other ghosts to help him scare some thieves.
4.Mary and Maisie, the cook and the kitchen maid who go off on a cookery course to find some new recipes and encounter some fishy goings on.
5.Elmer J Wutherington who has evil plans for the ghosts and the castle. Will Septimus and his friends survive?
'I'm William and I'm wearing these clothes because I was a night watchman at the time of Good Queen Bess. I'm a ghost you see!'
With his young friend Thomas and a great detective for inspiration, William sets out to investigate mysterious happenings in and around Hardleigh Manor, all with a little help from his readers...
Can William stop the bicycle thief? Who is causing the sabotage at Hardleigh Hotel? Floods, false trails, enormous exploding marrows and suspects upended in pig swill - all in a day's work for William!
Loaded with clue summaries, suspect lists and lots of action, readers can pitch in with the detective work and help William and Thomas in their efforts to become great detectives.
I have received quite a number of enquiries from my loyal supporters who would like to know when I might be visiting their local Waterstones store next.
I've spent many an enjoyable Saturday in Waterstones, promoting my books and chatting to children about other books they enjoy. (I'm not precious about mine!). They talk to me about their own writing too.
Well, I'm afraid that for the foreseeable future it has to stop. Waterstones has changed their policy. They will be having different events that don't include people like me.
So thank you everyone for the happy times.
. My books are still available to buy/order at Waterstones so I hope you will continue to support me.
Here we are at the beginning of 2018. May I wish all of my friends and supporters a healthy and happy year.
I enjoyed the opportunities I had to promote my books in 2017. I visited bookshops, schools and libraries and made lots of new friends. It's good to know that so many children enjoy my books - I really appreciate the feedback.
I completed another book towards the end of the year. My agent will send it off to try to find a publisher so fingers crossed for me please!! It's not a ghost story this time. 'The Final Clue' is a time slip story about some children who travel back to 1940 to solve a mystery - that's all I'm saying at the moment!
I've started another book too - more news about that to come...