Three fabulous days at Shatin Junior School!

March 1, 2017 at 6:04 pm | Posted in Chinese New Year, School visits, Shatin Junior School | 2 Comments
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A huge thank you to Karen Hubbard and all the lovely staff and students at Shatin Junior School, for hosting me at their Book Week this week! I spent three full, funny and fabulous days with the kids doing a host of story readings and workshops! Everyone from Year One to Year Six met my latest character in The Chinese Calendar Tales – that cocky but loveable Rickshaw Rooster- in a fun story reading full of fascinating historical facts and cockadoodledoos! Then I spent two inspiring days with the Year 5s (who learned How to Become A Great Writer) and the Year 4s (who learned How to Write a Riveting Story)! Five things to remember, for ALL you kids who want to write fabulous stories:

  1. Free up your leisure time!
  2. Radically reduce the time you spend on digital games and devices!
  3. Radically increase the time you spend reading great books!
  4. Plan your stories before you write them!
  5. Enter my latest Clever Competition right away!

And you’ll be well on the way to becoming truly GREAT writers!

Cockadoodle Doo! It’s time for a Really Riveting Rooster Tale writing competition!

February 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Clever Competitions, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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rooster-posterlIt’s a brand new Year of the Rooster, and all the roosters in the world are crowing the news! So what better time to announce a brand new international Clever Competition, based on that very noisy bird!

If you’re a kid of primary school age, in school or home-educated, anywhere in the world, you are eligible to enter…for free!

This time, I need you to write me a story about a Rooster – but you also need to add in: a Chinese setting, an inquisitive bulbul (look it up if you don’t know your birds!), a ball of string, the colour coquelicot (again, you’ll need to research what that looks like!) and a fire of some sort!

The deadline for your story is Sunday 30 April and your time starts NOW! So get ready, get set, GOOOOOOOO! (as the pig says to Rickshaw Rooster in my latest Chinese Calendar Tale :)!)

See the Clever Competitions button above for more information, guidelines and competition rules!

If you want to hear some REALLY loud Cock-a-doodle-doos…

February 15, 2017 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Book launches, Bookazine Princes Building, Video | Leave a comment
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Thank you so much Arti Mirchandani at Bookazine for this fun video taken at the launch on Saturday – Rickshaw Rooster’s crowing was TOTALLY surpassed by some very enthusiastic little chickens!!

Rickshaw Rooster’s Funny and Fabulous Hong Kong Launch!!

February 15, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Posted in Book launches | Leave a comment
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A big Cockadoodle Doo from Rickshaw Rooster, and huge thanks from me and Harry Harrison, to all our lovely fans who attended the Hong Kong launch of our latest Chinese Calendar Tale, The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster, on Saturday! There were over 30 kids, plus their lovely mums and dads, and we all had a lot of fun crowing our heads off, as well as supporting the national teams in that Race along the Bund in the story! Many thanks to Arti and Shonee Mirchandani, Clemence and all the team at Bookazine for another funny and fabulous Book Launch, as well as for these terrific photos!

Thanks Young Post for a timely reminder!

February 8, 2017 at 10:53 am | Posted in Book launches, Press | Leave a comment
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Many thanks to my friends at my favourite Hong Kong young people’s magazine Young Post for this timely reminder to come to Rickshaw Rooster’s funny and fabulous launch party on this Saturday, 2pm, Bookazine, 3rd Floor Princes Building, Central! But remember to RSVP as places are limited! Phone 2522 1785 or email enquiries@bookazine.com.hk.

http://yp.scmp.com/event/105515/tale-rickshaw-rooster

Roosters are crowing all over Hong Kong!

February 8, 2017 at 10:44 am | Posted in Chinese festivals, Chinese New Year, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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They’re in shop windows, arcades and doorways all over Hong Kong – they’re even on high heels! What a great celebration for the Year of the Rooster! And my Rickshaw Rooster, being very vain of course, thinks he’s the cock-a-doodliest of them all!

Rickshaw Rooster’s Hong Kong Schools Tour has begun!

February 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Hong Kong Schools, Japanese International School, Kennedy School | Leave a comment
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Rickshaw Rooster is off and running in Hong Kong Schools! On Tuesday 17th January, he made a funny and fabulous visit to Kennedy School in Pok Fu Lam, where he met 900 primary school kids and their teachers!! Many thanks to Jeff Moore, Head of English, for being such a great host!

And today he raced into my nearest neighbours here in Tai Po at the wonderful Japanese International School, where we met all the Grade 3s to Grade 6s, with a fun story, much cockadoodling, and lots of luscious Chinese history thrown in! We had SO much fun! Thank you my dear friends Cath Wan and Cong Capati-Contreras, from the Library, for being my very warm and welcoming hosts!

Photos below from Japanese International School:

It’s official! New launch date for The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster!

February 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Book launches, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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And here’s your brand new invitation!

It’s going to be Funny and Fabulous and Harry and I can’t wait to see you there! Don’t forget to RSVP to Bookazine on phone number 2522 1785 OR at enquiries@bookazine.com.hk!

 

New launch date for your diaries!

February 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Book launches, Bookazine Princes Building, Bookshop event | Leave a comment
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My dear friends will all know that, sadly, my Dad passed away on the 18th of January, and we had to postpone Rickshaw Rooster’s funny and fabulous Hong Kong launch at Bookazine, Princes Building, in Central. But you can’t keep a good rooster down…and I’m delighted to tell you that the Book Launch is on again, on Saturday, 11th February from 2-3pm! I’ll be posting the new invitation on my blog tomorrow, but in the meantime, make sure you put it in your diaries!

A proud Aussie Outback Rooster!

February 1, 2017 at 7:27 am | Posted in Rooster photos, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Say hello to a proud Aussie Outback Rooster, spotted by my good friend (and fan of the Chinese Calendar Tales) Jeanette Rengel from Western Australia. Isn’t he something? Thanks Jeanette for sending in this wonderful photo!

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