Pageturners Festival live from Cleckheaton and Brighouse

I had a cracking day yesterday with two schools as part of the Kirklees and Calderdale Schools’ Library Services Pageturners Festival. Thank you to  school librarians Amanda Raby, at Whitcliffe Mount, and Stephanie Cooper at Brighouse High (hiding at the back of the second photo down),  for all the preparations and planning ahead of my event. Thank you also to Alison Roberts and Shelley Bullas from the Pageturners Festival for their introductions to my sessions – it always makes an author feel cherished and respected when they have a formal welcome and see a display of their work when they arrive.










Whitcliffe Mount









Brighouse High

I was genuinely impressed with both schools. They both had thriving libraries and all the children I met were avid readers, keen to share their love of books and their own writing. It reinforced how vital the role of the school librarian is in encouraging reading for pleasure. They create these wonderful, safe environments for pupils to explore and discover and share literature of all kinds. Oh, and they invite authors in to meet these enthusiastic, inspired readers they’ve created. Librarians, I salute you!












♥ your librarians  L-R: Alison Roberts, one of the co-ordinators of the Pageturners Festival, Amanda Raby (librarian at Whitcliffe Mount) and Vicky Cawley (assistant librarian at Whitcliffe)

If any of you reading this live in the Kirklees or Calderdale regions (or beyond) the Pageturners Festival culminates this Saturday with a Grand Finale at Huddersfield University, kicking off at 10.30 am with prize-winning author Paul Dowswell. Go see!



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5 Responses to Pageturners Festival live from Cleckheaton and Brighouse

  1. Stephanie Cooper

    We had a wonderful time with you. The children left feeling inspired by you (this was reported from another teacher later in the day). Thanks for your lovely comments about our libraries.

    • Thank you so much, Stephanie. The thing is, the children at Brighouse High were already well primed – they were all keen readers and the fact that some of them had read my books ahead of the visit made enthusing them a doddle! I will now recommend ‘Young Sherlock’ after hearing glowing reports from one of your pupils about how brilliant it was as a book. Re: my comments about your libraries – you are welcome. Children need school libraries more than ever so keep up the good work.

  2. Aoife

    Thank you soo much for coming to our school (Brig house) Im o
    the one who is by my self LOL. We realy respected you

    What dose a good auther need?????

    My fave book of the 100hr is the Is an own goal bad by you.

    Thanks again Aoife/Wolfie
    ps: Your funny!!

    • Thank you, Wolfie! It was delightful meeting you. I’m glad you liked Is an Own Goal Bad? Did the twins remind you of anyone??

  3. I think this is excellent, reading is so important for your young children and it helps them to aspire to be writers or earn their living as a writer. When children grow up from their early years enjoying books it stirs their imagination and interest in all sorts of things and helps them to gain a love for words and their meanings.