Welcome to my website! I’m a writer of children’s stories. Mostly in my head, but some are finally being typed!
I tell fibs for a living. Okay, that was a fib, I’m a children’s story writer but isn’t that the same thing? I make things up! It’s great fun 😊 I was brought up in the beautiful North Yorkshire moors and daydreamed my way through my school years. Being the adventurous type, I made the dramatic… Continue reading About me!
No it’s not! Teenagers are hooligans! No they’re not! Kids today – they don’t know they’re born! Erm… It was better in my day! No it wasn’t! Old people are always whinging! No they’re not! Mental health is at it’s worst! You may have a point. I want to correct a few myths: there are… Continue reading Society is broken?
There is a wealth of books out there that will give you joy, terror, heart-break, fear, ecstasy, laughs, sorrow and every other emotion you want to feel. There are also a lot of books that will simply bore you or annoy you. Buying any book is always a risk; you may or may not enjoy… Continue reading Your Guide to Buying Indie-Books
Badgers seem to be one of the most misunderstood animals in the British countryside. Ignorance breeds fear and fear breeds hatred – I believe that’s where a lot of racism, sexism and disableism stems from. Badgers are secretive animals that mainly only come out at night and live below ground, therefore, very few humans have… Continue reading Why I Wrote About Badgers in my Story
Many mums, dads, grandparents and carers who are lucky enough to be off work when their children are off school, love school holidays, but at the same time, they may be worried too. What will the weather be like? How can I think of something to entertain the kids every single day? How much is… Continue reading The Holidays are Here! Don’t Panic!
When my son was eleven years old, he was attacked at the park. The boy was a couple of years older than him and much bigger than him. Thankfully my son was 1st dan black belt karate at the time and also had the most powerful punch in his class. The attacker was badly hurt… Continue reading CHILDREN ARE NOT BORN BAD!
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Thank you, Rachel for coming into Layfield Primary School and sharing your books with our Early Years. The children loved listening to your story books and thoroughly enjoyed the workshops you delivered. The children learnt so much about animals and caring for the environment. We were then inspired to find out more animal footprints! Everyone had a super morning!
I can happily recommend Rachel to you to come in and carry out the workshops in your Early Years setting.
Rachel has delivered some outstanding Literacy training for trainee teachers at the North East Schools Teaching Alliance based at Nunthorpe Academy.
Her sessions are always informative, useful, well-resourced and thoroughly engaging. She uses a mix of well planned activities, many practical in nature. Her open, relaxed style holds the attention and she always provides a range of useful strategies which can be applied in the classroom. Rachel is incredibly knowledgeable and she effectively shares that knowledge in her sessions as well as willingly providing help and support to trainees who need it further down the line.
Thank you, Rachel, for all your hard work and dedication to improve the Literacy of our students, our trainees and all of our teachers. With each session you inspire us to do this better! I can happily recommend Rachel to you for any Literacy / English based training.
Assistant Vice Principal – North East Schools Teaching Alliance
Women Leading in Education North East Regional Network Lead