Two fabulous days at the Discovery College Cultural Festival!

December 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese Zodiac, Monkey story, School visits, Story Readings, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A big THANK YOU to all my fabulous friends at Discovery College for inviting me for two wonderful days this week as part of their fantastic annual Cultural Festival! We had six funny and educational story readings from my Chinese Calendar Tales series, with the Grade Ones meeting Chester Choi, the Grade Twos laughing along with Pin Yin Panda, the Grade Threes having a frolic with Rodney Ram, the Grade Fours falling in love with my noble Dark Horse, and the Grade Fives and Sixes saying a fond farewell to Ming Kee Monkey in my last Ming Kee Monkey story readings for the Year of the Monkey! Huge thanks to my dear friend and talented teacher librarian host Leanne Sercombe for looking after me so well! See you all next year!

Thank you NACIS for a fabulous day!

November 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm | Posted in Chinese Calendar Tales, Shanghai schools, Story Readings, workshops | Leave a comment
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Big thanks to librarian Julie Zhu (pictured with me above top right), Head of Primary Charlotte Moore, and all the other wonderful staff and students of Nord Anglia Chinese International School in Shanghai, for a great day yesterday! I hugely enjoyed meeting you all, and introducing you to my Chinese Calendar Tales and my Dirty Stories! We had story readings of The Tale of Pin Yin Panda and The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey, then two fabulous workshops with Grade 5 and Grade 6, discovering How to Write a Riveting Story. And then I met lots of lovely students to sign their books – with over 400 books sold!! A very warm thank you to the staff who helped to make the visit such a success. I look forward to meeting you all again next year!

A fun event at Hong Kong Maritime Museum!

September 4, 2016 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Bookshop event, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese Zodiac, Story Readings | Leave a comment
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This afternoon I had the huge pleasure of meeting some kids, mums and dads and students from Yew Chung College at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum! There were  two story readings (The Tale of Chester Choi and The Tale of Rodney Ram), with book signings after and a chance to meet the audience! Many thanks to Annette Lo and Kitty But from the Museum for hosting a great afternoon!

A wonderful morning at YLPMSAA Ying Yip Primary School!

June 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese Calendar Tales, Hong Kong Schools, Story Readings | Leave a comment
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Many thanks to the lovely Miss Brenda (left) and her assistant Hilary (right) for all their help in hosting me today at the YLPMSAA Ying Yip Primary School near Yuen Long! It was great to meet all the Year 3s and Year 4s again, and to have the chance to read them my latest book about Chinese Zodiac animals, The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey! I hope to see you all again soon!

A Misty Day at The Peak School!

March 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Books about Chinese Zodiac, School visits, Story Readings | Leave a comment
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What a magical day it was today at The Peak School – I swear that Chester Choi was flapping around us near his magic cave, high up that misty mountain today! I had four fabulous sessions with the Year 3s and Year 4s, who all heard my Ming Kee Monkey’s tale, while learning all about Xuanzang, the great Buddhist traveller, and the wonderful Emperor Taizong of Tang…not to mention the rare animals of Yunnan’s jungles! Many thanks to my friend, teacher librarian Liz Mills-Campbell and lovely library technician Susan, for hosting me today. I can’t wait to get all your entries in my Clever Competition (see button above)! And a big hello to a very cute student in Year 3, below, who came to Book Week this week as Pin Yin Panda and even built a model of Pin Yin’s home in the Wolong forest in Sichuan! Here we are with the model, and my cheeky Pandora panda, having a play date with Pin Yin Panda!


A fun day with my old friends at Shatin Junior School!

March 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Books about Chinese Zodiac, Chinese New Year, School visits, Story Readings, workshops | Leave a comment
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It was great to see my old friends at Shatin Junior School again today, and to introduce all the kids from Year 1 to Year 5 to my mischievous Ming Kee Monkey…not to mention the great Emperor Taizong of Tang, the brave Buddhist traveller Xuanzang, and The Legend of the Monkey King and the Journey to the West! And after a fun day of story readings, I ended with a workshop with Class 5.4 on Publishing Picture Books from Brilliant Idea to Final Product! During my publishing workshop, I had the great pleasure to meet a fellow-publisher, Justin Au, who has published his own fantastic book of cartoons! Here we are below with our books:


I’ll be back again with more workshops for the Year 5s tomorrow, and with Writing Workshops for the Year 4s next Tuesday. I can’t wait! Many thanks to literacy co-ordinator Skye Jeynes for inviting me!

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