• Bristol Students Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation

    I know I regularly rave about fantastic school students but I’ve recently had the luck to meet a very exceptional group of young people who go to schools in Bristol.   These are students, male and female, who have decided […]

  • Chocolate Cake at Wells Blue

    Chocolate Cake at Wells Blue

    I was invited to go and talk at Wells Blue School by a really remarkable group of students who call themselves “Bookworms”  They are a group of Year 7 students who have decided that they are going to share their […]

  • King Arthur’s Community School

    King Arthur’s Community School

    Another very interesting school visit.   This is picture was taken by Irene Chant in the library at King Arthur’s Community School where the Y9 English students had been studying Chocolate Cake with Hitler.  They had some interesting questions.  Had […]

  • Haygrove School, Bridgwater, Somerset

    Haygrove School, Bridgwater, Somerset

    Thanks to Jill Thompson and Jane Peel for these photographs from my visit to Haygrove School.  Another incredibly impressive school with wonderful librarians.  I came to talk to the boys’ reading group (see below) but loads of other Y9 pupils, […]

  • Imperial War Museum

    Imperial War Museum

    Big thanks to Phil Mills and to Jonathan and Katie for these pictures of my day at the Imperial War Museum.  And big thanks to all at the museum bookshop for the warm welcome they gave me.  45 books signed […]

  • St Bernard’s High School, Southend

    St Bernard’s High School, Southend

    I had fantastic day at St Bernard’s High School.  One of the school’s guiding principle’s is “fairness” – so, in fairness, I spoke to every single one of the 5 English sets in Y7.  15 minutes each.  This did slightly […]

  • Events 2012

    Events 2012

    23 May – Henbury School, Bristol, Y9 Talk on The Background to Chocolate Cake with Hitler 27-29 April – Residential Writers’ Retreat, Lower Coxbridge Farm near Glastonbury – see Writers’ Retreat page for more details. 20 April – 7.45pm  Brympton […]

  • Writers’ Retreats –

    Writers’ Retreats –

    I’m just updating the info for the April Writers’ Retreat.  It is going to be on the weekend of   Saturday 28th April to Sunday 29th April 2012, and will offer a wonderful balance of refreshing and inspiring workshops, to stretch […]

  • The Fair comes to Bruton

    The Fair comes to Bruton

    The Herbert Family Fair has just opened in a field on the edge of Bruton.  I’m posting an interview with Stephen Herbert, who runs the dodgems. I originally wrote it for the (late, great) Fosse Way Magazine.  http://www.thisisdorset.co.uk/People/story-11778591-detail/story.html The fair […]

  • Reviews of School Talks about Chocolate Cake with Hitler

    It has been great to hear of several schools which have decided to study Chocolate Cake with Hitler as a set text.  Here are a couple of reviews of talks I’ve done in schools about the background to the book: […]