School visits and Turkish Lemons!

It was World Book Day in the middle of Snow Week, which added to the complications for many authors of getting around the country to lots of schools! I was lucky only to have one visit postponed due to the weather, but it was hit and miss on a couple of days!

Many thanks to the fab schools who hosted me over the past couple of weeks: Shakespeare Primary School in Plymouth, Didcot Girls’ School, Edward Feild Primary School, Farnborough Hill, Kings Norton Girls’ School, Brooke Weston Academy, Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College, and City of London School for Girls. Below is a small handful of visual memories from my visits…

Icicles hang from my car by the end of my day in Corby
An extraordinary array of cakes and desserts at this school!
I was really disconcerted by this display until I realised KISS JO was an acronym and not an instruction to my students…
The City of London School for Girls is in an incredible location. A thousand and more years of history right on the doorstep
and finally, a wonderful display using work the students did in my creative writing workshops

I’ve had some lovely feedback from the schools involved:

“It was a pleasure to meet you and I can honestly say that you provided the best author visit since I have been at [this school]” Librarian

And some very nice compliments from students at CJMLC:

I really loved having the opportunity to see a famous author, it was so interesting hearing about her past and her journey to becoming an author. I feel really honoured that she read out my story, and she liked it, a lot.

I really enjoyed listening to Jo’s presentation. You could just tell she was so passionate about her writing. I am definitely going to buy a couple of her books today.

Today we met an author called Jo. She was very friendly and energetic and it was so fun meeting her. I felt so pleased when she read out my work with such drama. Jo also gave us a signed postcard which I will treasure.

After my creative writing workshop I feel really inspired to write short stories. Jo made writing seems fun and enjoyable.

And finally…a kind stranger sent me this photo of the Turkish edition of A Library of Lemons! Doesn’t it look awesome!


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