Author Gets Top Marks From Primary School Teachers

My first ever ‘mini tour’ was a big success! 

During the summer term I spent a week touring primary schools across the huge county of Cumbria to share my latest book Bob’s Beard. I visited nine schools in five days, travelling to all four corners of the county.

The tour itinerary was organised by Cumbria County Council’s Library Services for Schools team. Starting off at Netherton Primary School in Maryport, I visited primary schools in Sedbergh, Barrow-in-Furness, Penrith, Kendal and Cockermouth.

I delivered around 35 interactive storytelling sessions in total, sharing my story with over 1,000 children. I even took part in a special Literary Festival at Ormsgill Primary School, where I was one of a number of children’s authors running storytelling sessions throughout the three-day event.

The feedback I received from all the schools I visited  was incredible, with many teachers rating my author visit ‘10 out of 10’ on their feedback forms! A Reception teacher from St Pius X School, Barrow-in-Furness commented: “All the children really enjoyed the visit. It was lovely to see them so engaged with a story.” 

My tour received media coverage in the local press across Cumbria. During my visit to Stramongate School in Kendal, I was interviewed along with some Year 2 children, for a news item broadcast on regional radio stations Heart North Lancashire and Smooth Lakes.

I thoroughly enjoyed my week in Cumbria and am grateful to the Council’s Library Services for Schools team for all their help and support. I can’t wait for my next regional tour!

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