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Story Challenge Week 2 – Settings

In today’s video I’m talking about fictional settings and how stories can start right where you are. Tips for describing settings: Use all your senses – what can you see, hear, smell, taste, touch? Imagine you’re an alien from another world and you’re seeing a human house for the first time. What would you notice?… Read on…

Videos, Postcards and Things to Do Indoors

I should be an expert at being indoors. At least half my working hours are spent sitting by myself trying to make stuff up out of my head. This week has been weird. The coronavirus crisis means my husband is also working from home, as are various friends who’ve never done it before. As a… Read on…

Taking libraries by Storm(hound)

I am very, very excited to announced that Storm Hound has been shortlisted for theĀ East Sussex libraries children’s book award (You can vote for Storm Hound by following the link) And also the Hull Libraries children’s book award. I will be visiting schools in both areas – listen out for the sound of the Wild… Read on…

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…