I have been writing and illustrating children’s stories for a number of years and published the first of my picture book series ‘The Rhymers’ in 2015. Thirteen rhyming pairs of loveable alphabet characters make up this series, sharing adventures across Rhyme Island. Their friendships are central to each story and gently deliver strong moral messages. In the summer of 2017 I published my 50th title, spreading the suitability age-range from 18 months to 8 years old.
Creating The Rhymers is so much fun!
Writing, illustrating and coming up with new ideas for The Rhymers ever-widening range of titles is so much fun. The books are so cheerful and colourful which adds to the pleasure of work. A recent addition to The Rhymers portfolio are the gorgeous personalised birthday books and the first person they wanted to say “Happy Birthday” to was me!
I am available for author visits into nurseries and schools across each of the Key Stages. I offer sessions within small groups, whole classes or assemblies, including age appropriate discussions of the morals my stories highlight. I can tailor any session to suit the needs of the pupils.
Key Stage 1 – Sessions can focus on enjoyment of story, listening skills, story prediction, rhyme, interactive games and art skills.
Key Stage 2 – Sessions can develop children’s creative writing skills through rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, plot development and understanding how to write for target audiences, as well as the blending of illustration with the written word.
Key Stages 3 & 4 – As well as further developing the skills of writing for target audiences, sessions can offer insights into the business of self-publishing, enthusing students in the possibilities of getting their creative ideas out to a wider audience. Please also note my written work with the Catching Lives homeless charity which can inspire many students.
I am an experienced tutor in Maths and English, offering tuition across primary ages through to GCSE students, including preparation for the Kent test. I am based near Canterbury.
I set aside one day each week to work at ‘Catching Lives’, a homeless charity in Canterbury. Since 2015 I have been working on a literacy project with clients, helping them write and illustrate their own story books, develop their literacy skills and build self-esteem. This first book, ‘Harbledown Hope: a journey through homelessness‘ will be launched in October 2017. All proceeds from sales will go to Catching Lives.
I give talks to adults, sharing my expertise as an author, illustrator and designer. My talks demystify the self-publishing process, encouraging anyone with “a book in them” to give it a go.
I can run creative writing workshops with schools, colleges, universities, adult education and other settings.
I provide a consultancy service for anyone wanting assistance with the self-publishing process.
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