Category: Schools

Lockdown Stories Return!

Lockdown Stories 2

Lockdown time means Storytime is back!

I will be reading The Dark Wild, the second book in The Last Wild trilogy, out aloud at 2.30pm every weekday from Weds 6th Jan, a chapter a day, live on Instagram, or catch up later on my YouTube channel, until we’re out.

Hope to see some of you there.

Wild About Writing WINNER announced!

Wild About Writing Winner
DELIGHTED to announce that the WINNER of my #WildAboutWriting competition with Blackwell’s Bookshop and Hachette Children’s is….
🥁 🥁 🥁
‘Rescued Like Her Name”, by Siri Krznaric, age 11
We had an epic number of entries, and narrowed it down to an incredible shortlist. The judges had to make a tough decision, but in the end Siri’s tale was so in the spirit of the starter – wildly imaginative, full of cool characters and exciting events from start to finish.
But a huge congratulations and thanks to all those who took part, as well as our fantastic runners up. All the entries were a testament to the extremely high standard of children’s creative writing in this country, which made us all so hopeful & positive for the future.
Siri wins £500 of books for her school library, a £50 Blackwell’s voucher for herself, a digital school visit from me, a set of signed books, and some specially designed, printed copies of her story from Hachette. An absolute writing talent to watch.
Huge thanks to all our judges, Hachette and Blackwell’s for giving so many young writers a chance to really shine.
Info: #WildAboutWriting was for children aged 7 – 12 across the UK to get creative in a new summer writing competition. They wrote a story of up to 1,000 words using this story starter:
It was midnight, and far beyond my window, a wolf in the darkness was calling my name …

Wild About Writing Tip 1: WILD IMAGINATION

Writing competition

Each week of my #Wildaboutwriting competition with Blackwell’s Bookshop and Hachette Children’s I’m going to be sharing a different creative writing tip. This week, how to let your imagination really run wild!

Do you know a budding writer? I’ve teamed up with Blackwell’s to invite children aged 7 – 12 years across the UK to get creative in a new summer writing competition. The young entrants will need to write a story of up to 1,000 words using the following line from me to get them started: “It was midnight, and far beyond my window, a wolf in the darkness was calling my name …” This is their opportunity to show off their creativity and be in with a chance to win £500 worth of books for their school library along with a school event with Piers Torday, a £50 Blackwell’s voucher, signed copies of Piers Torday’s books and a small number of exclusive printed copies of their very own story for their personal enjoyment. This competition is only available to those in the UK and Republic of Ireland. All entries must be submitted before midnight on Sunday 13th September 2020. ENTER HERE:

Write At Home 2

Are the children eating the furniture?
Are you getting no work done whatsoever?
Is Joe Wicks reducing you to a gibbering wreck?
QUICK! A ten minute creative writing reprieve, just long enough to check the emails at least…
The second of my occasional #StoryStarters for primary age children at home.

Corona Virus – Update

I hope everyone is keeping safe at this challenging time for us all.

Sadly all my school and public events are either cancelled or postponed, check back for details in due course.

If you want to stay entertained during the outbreak, many independent booksellers and so far most branches of Waterstones remain open, and are scaling up their delivery services.

All my titles are available as e-books from the usual online retailers, links on my book pages.

All my titles are available as audio books from Audible, links on my book pages.

I will shortly be sharing classroom resources for all my books, from this website.

And soon, I will be doing readings of my books on Facebook and Instagram, as well as creative writing tutorials to help with the home schooling, check my social media channels for details.

Stay well!



Christmas Carol – Schools Drawing Competition

Sally Dexter as Scrooge in Christmas Carol photo credit Nobby Clarl

To celebrate the forthcoming Wilton’s Music Hall production of my new play Christmas Carol – a fairy tale they are running a drawing competition for Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6). We would like you to draw or paint a picture of what you imagine one of the ghosts look like who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve.

The winning entry will be printed on the front cover of the Christmas Carol – a fairy tale programme for the duration of the production’s run at Wilton’s, 29th November – 4th January.

The winner will also receive four tickets to see a performance of their choice of Christmas Carol – a fairy tale, subject to availability.


  • Make a picture of what you think one of the ghosts look like who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve.
  • Use any materials, techniques or processes (for example drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, computer aided design, collage, montage) to make your piece, as long as the entry is two dimensional.
  • The entry must be no bigger than A4 and should include your name.
  • Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, boldness and impact. JUDGES WILL INCLUDE: me and members of
    Christmas Carol – a fairy tale company.
  • SUBMIT WORK TO: Christmas Carol – a fairy tale Competition, Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB using this entry form
  • CLOSING DATE: Friday 15th November at 12.00 (midday). We will not be able to return submitted work.

Box of Delights competition winner revealed!

A massive thank you to everyone who entered our Box of Delights drawing competition – we loved seeing what you imagined would be in the Box.

It was a really tough decision but myself, designer Tom Piper and actress Josefina Gabrielle finally chose this entry from Ruby, aged 10. Well done Ruby!

Patron of Reading 2017

I am delighted to announce that I have been appointed Patron of Reading at St. Silas Primary School in Toxteth, Liverpool, for the rest of this academic year.

A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasureculture in the school: book quizzes, blogs, book recommendations, discussions, plays, poetry bashes, blogs, book trailers and visits. The possibilities are virtually endless.

First mooted by head teacher Tim Redgrave, the idea has now spread to almost 200 schools across the British Isles.

The teaching staff at St. Silas are visionary, determined and inspirational about their mission and the school has a wonderful sense of family and community.

The children are also full of joy and passion for learning and reading, and I cannot wait to see what we can achieve over the coming year.