I've been asked to talk to Year 6s about being a writer and author back at my old Primary & Junior school in Warmley, which is really exciting. Some of my old teachers still work there, one of whom encouraged me to get a story published at the tender age of 6 (Mrs Thomas - aka Joy Parfitt - but she will forever be known as Mrs Thomas to me) and another (Miss Nichol) who helped us make our very own books for a school project - books I still have! It suddenly dawned on me last night that I met some real live authors when I was about 11 and kept a diary of this - hmmm useful research... Pat Hutchins, Ruth Brown and the legendary Dick King-Smith all came to our school during what we aptly dubbed "Book Week". We also had a wacky talk from one of Quentin Blake's friends (illustrator for Roald Dahl) that I remember fondly. He was pretty off the wall - and so were his trousers! At the time, I do believe I thought it was Quentin Blake himself, but that would have been too amazing.
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.