Digging for writing treasure at World Book Day 2017!

I’ve had an amazing week of school visits to celebrate World Book Day 2017.

There has been some incredible writing from the children of Upton HouseDonhead Prep, Danes Hill School and Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace. The KS1 children have come up with stories about skateboarding rabbits, terrifying pirates (including Captain Mudbeard and Pirate Rose), and a whale that won’t fit through the door.

With the early years classes we’ve cut, stuck and coloured and written poems about treasure chests with sparkling diamonds and skull-shaped keys.

There’s been singing and dancing, laughing and book signing and many, many cups of tea consumed (by me).

Now I’m back to work on my writing and my MA studies. And very much looking forward to next year! Thank you to all the children who worked so hard in the workshops, all the lovely staff who made me so welcome and Cobham Books for supporting book sales.

Author events at Dulwich Books and Blessed Dominic Primary School

I’ve been busy in January  with bookshop and school author events.Alex English primary school author visit 1

First up was a visit to Blessed Dominic Primary School in north London. I did workshops with the KS1 students in year 1 and 2. We came up with stories as a group (involving polar bears, monkeys swinging in through windows and pepperoni pizzas) and then we planned out our own picture books on a storyboard. The children used lots of different animals from my big creature sack as inspiration for their own versions of Yuck said the Yak. There are plenty more photos on the school’s website here.

yuck said the yak at dulwich books


I also had a lovely morning at Dulwich Books, reading to children and parents. I first read from one of my favourite childhood books, The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr. Then I read Yuck said the Yak and the children did some excellent yak colouring!

Dulwich Books is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area, it’s a lovely little bookshop with a great children’s section and very helpful staff. A big thank you to all the children and parents who came along!

Yak cake!

Yak cakeI’ll be reading and signing copies of Yuck said the Yak at Barton’s Bookshop in Leatherhead from 10am to 3pm tomorrow, Saturday 22nd November. There will also be colouring in, stickers and of course, the YAK CAKE!

If you and your little ones fancy eating a slice of this handsome chap, then please drop by to say hello!