A Fabulous Day at SUIS Hongqiao!

October 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese Calendar Tales, Monkey story, Shanghai schools, workshops, Writing competitions for kids | 2 Comments
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My Shanghai schools tour kicked off to a wonderful start today at Shanghai United International School in Hongqiao with the fabulous Grade 4 students! After a fun story reading, where I introduced the kids to The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey and the fascinating 7th century Chinese history behind it (not to mention The Legend of the Monkey King written 9 centuries later!), we had two writing workshops about story planning, full of handy hints about How to Write a Riveting Story!  I was very happy to hear that loads of SUIS kids intend to enter my Horribly Hilarious Halloween Story Competition – I can hardly wait to read their stories! Huge thanks to the lovely Shelly Nasseri, Head of English, for being such a warm and welcoming host.

Yippee! I’m flying up to Shanghai tomorrow!

October 29, 2016 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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I’m as excited as a squawking parakeet with a purple tail!! Tomorrow I fly up to Shanghai to visit 7 fabulous schools with Ming Kee Monkey and all her Chinese Calendar Tales cousins! We’re going to have a blast! Make sure you visit my blog every day to keep up with all the photos and fun!

Just 4 weeks to go in my Hilarious Halloween writing competition!

October 27, 2016 at 3:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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With Halloween just around the corner, I expect that you’re all getting your costumes ready for a fun evening of Trick or Treat! But you’d better be taking notes…and getting ideas 🙂 …because there are only 4 weeks left to enter my Hilarious Halloween Story Writing Competition! See my Clever Competitions page (above) for all the details!!

A fabulous morning with the Grade 3s at PLK CKY School!

October 24, 2016 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Huge thanks to the lovely Joli Moore at PLK CKY School for hosting me again today! It was great to meet the fabulous P3s, and we had a lot of fun learning How to Write a Riveting Story in 3 fabulous workshop sessions! I hope to see some great entries in my Hilarious Halloween story writing competition on my Clever Competitions page above, using your Story Planning Sheets as a handy tool!

It’s time for a Horribly Hilarious Halloween Story Competition!

October 11, 2016 at 12:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


It’s that time of the year again, when ghouls, ghosts and goblins are grabbing their galoshes, witches and warlocks are wondering where they put their broomsticks, and mums and dads are saving all their pennies for their kids’ upcoming dentist appointments! Yes, Halloween is around the corner, and it’s time for another international Halloween Story competition! Only this time, while you’re scaring me silly, I also want you to make me LAUGH! Go to my Clever Competitions page above right away for all the details and conditions! The deadline is FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER, so you’d better get your pencils and wits sharpened and GET WRITING!

Pssst…if you want some hints on how to write a prize-winning story, click on my new Story Writing Hints on the menu above!

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