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Weekend Comfort Reads

This has been a very difficult day for the UK and I think a lot of us are in need of comfort right now after the election result. Com-fort. From ‘com’ (intensive strength) + fort (to strengthen.) Books are not just an escape, they are a force to strengthen us. Books can still change the… Read on…

Patron of Reading

I am thrilled to be the Patron of Reading for Bridstow Church of England Primary School this year. I paid my first visit to the school in November and I had a lovely time meeting all the children, talking about our favourite books and making up stories. I received such a warm welcome from everyone… Read on…

Wacky Woden’s Day

Hello humans, this is Storm of Odin wishing you a happy 31st October. As you no doubt know, many of the days of your week are named after my friends. Sunday comes from the sun. I didn’t know much about the sun until I came to your world. Cats like to lie in it, for… Read on…

Summer Library Visits

Cardiff Library visits this summer. If you’re looking for something free to take the kids to this August. I’ll be telling stories and doing craft for children in some of the wonderful library hubs around Cardiff. Thursday 15th August 2pm, Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub Monday 19th August, 4pm Canon Hub Click on the link… Read on…

August Events

Following a whirlwind tour of Kent – thanks to everyone who came along to see me – I’ve got some smashing events lined up for August. Library tour Our libraries do a fantastic job under increasingly difficult circumstances.  They’re one of the few places left in our world where you can go, spend time, browse books,… Read on…

July Events

I am off to Kent next week – very exciting! I went to university in Canterbury a very long time ago and I’m looking forward to seeing how the place has changed. And I am really, really looking forward to doing some events in the area. Do come along if you can. I will be telling… Read on…

Happy Birthday, Pirates!

In three minutes you can boil an egg. In three weeks you can grow a lettuce. In three months you write the first draft of a book. In three years you can… See your first book published. Write another book. Write another book. Write another book. Three years. In some ways, the time has flown… Read on…

Storm Hound Extras

Here are a collection of activities and extras which you are welcome to use for classes, bookclubs or just for a bit of you. Please share your stories and pictures with me. I’d love to see them. Storm Hound Activities Here are some lovely activity sheets made by the team at Macmillan’s Children’s Books. StormHound_ActivitySheets Want… Read on…

Festivals and filming

Thanks to everyone who came to the Pontypridd Children’s Book Festival last weekend. I had a fantastic time, meeting new people, catching up with old friends and chatting to readers. You can read a full summary of the day from The Reader Teacher. And here are a few photo highlights. PG Bell takes us on… Read on…