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!
Don’t panic! It happens to almost everyone. There are ways through. Deep breath… Walk through nature The more you panic about your writer’s block, the more uptight you become which just adds to the mental immobility. Go for a walk. Make sure there is nature around you. If you’re lucky enough to be close to… Continue reading Seven Surprising Ways to Break Through Writer’s Block
L = LITERACY. “About 90% of vocabulary once children get older is actually learnt through reading” (Gill Jones HMI, Deputy Director, Schools and Early Education, Ofsted). How often have you noticed the vocabulary of a person and judged them on it? When one person comments the weather is volatile and another comments it’s p!$$!ng down,… Continue reading Seven Reasons Why a Library is so Important in a Secondary School
I read so many middle grade books for pleasure, for work and for research that I have started reviewing some of them on BBC Tees Radio with Bob Fischer. I thought I’d share some of my reviews with you here 🙂 Coming soon…
Every author is different; they come from different backgrounds, have different experiences and different interests. Therefore it is wise to research as much as you can about the author first so that you can ask some really interesting questions relevant to them and their writing. These questions are designed to help you, but there will… Continue reading Questions for students to ask an author
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Learning from mentors helps us to improve and evolve in our chosen field. I still recall the advice given to me at the start of my writing journey. To help other writers, I started a feature whereby established authors shared their words of wisdom and top ten writing tips.…
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Some quotes from my “Reading for Pleasure” workshop presented to Primary and Secondary School teachers.
“Rachel was incredibly knowledgeable and informative. Extremely friendly and my most favourite session.”
“Valuable advice and information. I particularly enjoyed the participation element.”
“Reading for Pleasure was well presented, with enthusiasm.”
On the 13th December 2019, former pupil to Ingleby Greenhow CofE Primary School Rachel Coverdale who is a published children’s author returned to the school. Rachel started at Ingleby in 1972 and left in 1980. She came to talk to the pupils about her job as an author, share her books with the children and to share her experiences of her time at the school as she remembers them. The children were really inspired by her visit which further promoted a love of reading in the school. Rachel’s books include for younger children ‘Who Hides Here? Footprints in the Garden’ and ‘Who Hides Here? Footprints on the Farm’ and for older children ‘The Boy who Couldn’t’. Children had the opportunity to ask Rachel questions and to buy signed copies of her books. I highly recommend that Rachel visits your school.
Mrs M Norris, Head Teacher, Ingleby Greenhow CofE Primary School