Patron of Reading

Wings-Flyboy-03I am currently the RAF Museum’s children’s writer in residence.  In the lead up to the Royal Air Force centenary in 2018, I will be working with the museum’s visitors to help them get the best out of their experience.   You can find out more about that here and an interview with me about it here.

I also work with Reading Force who promote sharing and talking about books with children in British Armed Service  families.  You can find out more about that here.

I am excited to Patron of Reading at primary schools in two very different geographical locations :

Somerville Primary School in Birmingham
St Wilfrid’s Primary School near Preston, Lancashire

I was asked to be a Patron of Reading for Newcastle School for Boys and Trinity School in Carlisle.  Newcastle School for Boys had some amazing ideas to explore cross-curricula literacy and helped me develop some new children’s books.  Trinity School was closed for a long period after being very badly damaged by flooding. Their library alone lost 3000 books and 300 pupil’s homes were flooded so there is no doubt that their reading, as well as everything else, had suffered.  I hope I helped them both with their fantastic plans to encourage reading for pleasure.


Combat Zone Book Launch at RAF
with Albrighton Primary School

I  was a Patron of Reading  at the following schools:

England – Albrighton Primary School
Scotland – Stewart’s Melville College
Wales – Ysgol Dyffryn Aman


rafRead my blog here about working with Albrighton Primary School to write Combat Zone. 

A Patron of Reading is a school’s special, designated children’s author with whom the school forms a personal attachment. The author might be a writer of fiction, a writer of non-fiction, a poet, a storyteller, a graphic novelist or an illustrator. They will work with the school for a period of approximately three years to raise the profile of reading for pleasure with pupils, parents and staff.

Find out more about the Patron of Reading scheme here.

I am also a proud supporter of the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars scheme.



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