September 27, 2016

Welcome to my final blog in this series on creativity.

So far we have established  the critical skill our children need in abundance for their future is creativity. We have also found that they are far more creative when they are younger, and over time, this reduces sig...

August 24, 2016

Thank you everyone who read my last blog in July - this is a continuation of the topic. So far we have established that the purpose of our education system is to equip our children with the skills they need for their future and that 'creativity' has been identified by...

July 27, 2016

I was thrilled to be asked recently to speak at this year's Literacy Conference in September. So as I prepare, I thought I would share with you some of my research and findings ahead of the event. The title of my session is "Encouraging Children to Read for Pleasure –...

June 14, 2016

On a dull Wednesday afternoon Jayne Lloyd, a local photographer, came to my house to work on her project; a study of people who work at home and to consider the integration between home and work. 

We talked about how I use my home to write, draw, train groups and c...

May 24, 2016


If you are a fan of Radio 2's Chris Evans' Breakfast Show, you will know that the winner of the 500 word competition will be announced this Friday. Over the last few days, I have read with interest some of the top 50 entries and I’m amazed by the talent of our childre...

April 22, 2016


I heard in the news recently a discussion around the need to improve education for pre-school children. Opinion seems to be split; some believe that 'children should be children and be allowed to play; they grow up too quickly already', whilst the other camp is all ab...

March 27, 2016

I love this time of year for many reasons; in particular when the sun shines through after a long dull winter and the first signs of spring are all around. It is so easy as we rush around with our busy lives to miss the small things and take these blessing for granted....

February 26, 2016


We celebrated World Book Day last week and I was very excited to film my ‘virtual author visit’ at a local school.


Whenever I visit a school, I am always reminded of my own childhood and how things have changed so much since I was young. The principles of learning rem...

February 10, 2016


Over the last couple of weeks, I have had the wonderful opportunity to catch up again with some dear friends,  with whom I had lost touch many years ago. We met up with great excitement and I also had the thoughts at the back of my mind about how much we may have chan...

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