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The Poet is mightier than the sword!

Poetry has always been an interest of mine and I was delighted when my old friend John asked if I would co-host a Spoken Word night with him.

Obviously I jumped at the chance, started to dig through my collection of works and became instantly inspired again, I have already written half a dozen new poems for the night.

We are holding the event at the beautiful Hardwicke Church, on the evening of Wednesday 30th May, it should be very atmospheric, if it goes well and we have a good turnout it could become a regular event.

Anyone who likes poetry is welcome, it’s free to come along and if you fancy a go at the open mic section at the end then bring a poem, if you just enjoy poetry then sit back and relax, John and I along with guest poets have plenty on offer.


World Book Day – Nuffield Heath Gloucester

Going to the Gym yesterday at Nuffield Heath Gloucester I noticed they are celebrating World Book Day and were asking for book donations.

Being the nice Author I am I asked if they would like a couple of signed copies of my two books My Teacher’s a Spy!  and My Teacher’s a Robot!

They were chuffed with this as I dropped the books in today. World Book Day means a lot to me and anything I can do to encourage children to read I will do without hesitation.

I hope the children have a great day reading, learning about books, Author’s and dressing up as their favourite book characters .


Last Chapter

Well here we are again, the last chapter of another book, I can’t even say it was difficult as I enjoyed writing it so much, the book almost wrote it self.

How it’s going to end I don’t know yet, as with all of my books and short stories I write from the heart and let the story unfold in​ front of me as I scribble it on the pad, scribble on a pad I hear you say, why not type it up on a computer or tablet but I’m old fashioned and love to write it down then type it up after a week off reading or relaxing as I find I can be objective in my editing.

I am hoping that this one along with book three, My Teacher’s an Alien will get the same chance as My Teacher’s a Spy and My Teacher’s a Robot to be enjoyed by children who loved those two books.

I am looking forward to seeing how this book finishes, the only difficult decision after this is which story do I write next from the choice I have lined up with around thirty ideas I’m not short on options.

Hopefully my next post will be the horay I’m finished post but in the meantime remember that My Teacher’s a Spy is still giving a donation to the MND Association for every copy sold, a worthy cause for a charity that needs as much help as possible.

Book 4…My Teacher’s a…

Keeping true to my word and carrying on with the blogging I thought a little update on Book Four would be nice, it is coming along perfectly and I have now completed 22 chapters.

As with the first three books it has flowed nicely from the start, I am so lucky not to suffer from writers block that has plagued so many, I can see the end and think another chapter or two will finish it nicely.

I still have no idea how it will end as with my previous books I just write from the heart as if I was making up a story, like I did to my boys when they were younger, the story almost writes itself and my pen can hardly keep up with my imagination.

A pen…I hear you say, why not type it on computer or these days a tablet but I’m old fashioned and love to write it in pen first, then I take a breather and often read a book, recharge my imagination and then type it up, I find this really helps and I seem to be able to edit more subjectively.

My only dilemma now when I’m this close to finishing a book is which story do I write next, with so many ideas and at least another three briefly outlined I’m spoilt for choice, I would say I’m lucky to have such a vivid imagination.

New Year, New Start

Happy New Year to all, I hope it’s prosperous and exciting one for everyone.

I am hoping to start this year in Mitcheldean, with a visit to the Library and local Primary School. I will keep blogging more this year as I really want to give the My Teacher’s Series a chance, with two books published, a third ready to go and a forth near completion things are looking good.

I am hoping to get more publicity and move the series forward, just need that little bit of luck to help me. I spent a good number of months last year writing short stories and entering them into competitions to get my name out there, I will continue to do that this year. The more people hear and see my name the better chance I have of getting the My Teacher books noticed.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far and continues to do so, fingers crossed this will be a good year for the My Teacher Series.

Highnam Primary Visit

I am delighted to say I have been invited to Highnam Primary School to visit them on Wednesday 5th July, I will be attending an assembly, reading from My Teacher’s a Spy ! and taking questions from the children.

I am hoping this won’t be my last school visit of the current school year but it would be a lovely school to finish at.

Looking forward to meeting everyone at Highnam Primary School,  I really hope they enjoy my visit.


Fair on the Square @ Hay-on-Wye Book Festival !

I am really pleased with the preparations for my first appearance at the Hay-on-Wye Book Festival, as previously confirmed I will be appearing at the Fair on the Square on Saturday 27th May from 9am – 12pm. I will be supported by Richard Shackelford from the local branch of the MND Association and his volunteers who will be fund raising on the day.

The MND Association is a charity very close to my family, after losing my brother-in-law Jeff nearly two and a half years ago. I felt very strongly that I would like to support them and by donating a percentage of the sales from every copy of My Teacher’s a Spy ! sold I hope to raise them much needed funds in their fight against Motor Neuron Disease.

MND kills 6 people in the UK every day, every penny counts to help, the MND Association was founded by volunteers in 1979 and they still rely heavily on volunteers today as they make a difference in peoples lives.

I really hope that we have nice weather and a good turnout on the morning as it would be amazing for me to present the MND Charity with a nice donation, books have been sold on Amazon and other websites but I would like to give more to such a great cause.

Hay Poster

Tuffley Primary School Visit

I am very pleased to be visiting Tuffley Primary school again on Wednesday 10th May, where I will read from My Teacher’s a Spy and then answer questions from the children.

We had a great time last year and they really enjoyed my visit, loved listening to me read from My Teacher’s a Robot and asked amazing questions.

Looking forward to seeing them again and really appreciate their support of a local author.

Harewood Junior School Visit

I am delighted to say that I will be visiting Harewood Junior School, where I will be reading to the children from my latest book My Teacher’s a Spy !, answering questions from the children and signing copies of the book.

I am especially pleased to be returning as this is where it all began, Harewood was my first ever school visit where I read from My Teacher’s a Robot!, they loved having me there and we had a great time.

I will be at Harewood on Monday 13th March, thank you to Mrs Mills who was quick to invite me back, we will be holding an assembly with the children at 9am, look forward to seeing you all again.