Patron of Reading

Wings-Flyboy-03I am 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 am currently working 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.

Combat Zone Book Launch at RAF
with Albrighton Primary School

2016-2017  Patron of Reading

I am proud to be a Patron of Reading with a school in Carlisle.  It is still closed after being very badly damaged by the December floods. 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, has suffered.  They reopen in September and I hope to be able to help them with their fantastic plans to encourage reading for pleasure.

In the past, I  have been 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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