Author Takes Fire-Sneezing Dragon To School

Fred the Fire-Sneezing Dragon and his creator children’s author Fay Evans gave a masterclass in storytelling at King’s Infant and Junior Division in Macclesfield. 

The former journalist and public relations copy writer had always enjoyed her work but yearned for something more creative. When she started reading books to her daughter she knew she had to make that leap.

Fay says: “The first word my little girl said was not mummy or daddy, but ‘bear’ after the lead character in our favourite book and then I saw how the written word could inspire the youngest minds.”

Her beautifully illustrated book is written in rhyming couplets and at King’s, as part of a local, regional and national tour of primary schools, she challenged the pupils to mimic her style, create their own characters and bring their imaginations to life.

“I want the children to have a go themselves, enjoy writing and share their own stories with their friends,” added Fay,

She has already completed the second instalment of Fred the Fire-Sneezing Dragon and is now putting the finishing touches to her next book featuring a new character Bob, a giant and his enormous beard.

Principal of King’s Infant and Junior Division Caroline Hulme McKibbin said: “Fay has that wonderful gift of seeing the world from the eye of a child and telling stories that engage, excite and enthuse their inquiring young minds.” 

Fay is pictured with King’s young readers Charlie Kay and Duru Erakalin.