Category Archives: School Visits

Prescribed setwork book for St Benedict’s Junior Prep – YES!

Bedfordview-20170907-01258 (1)Ok, so today I dropped off 105 copies of How Polly Became a Pirate to St Benedict’s Junior Prep, where I learnt that rather than just being a reading book for the boys it is going to be next years grade 3 prescribed setwork book…

I just died and went to heaven. This was so much more than I had hoped for.

So September is manic!

I have just accepted my 8th school booking for the next 2 weeks, as well as last night supporting the launch of fellow authors Iain and Trevor, who had co-written The Fixer, AND I HAVE 2 book fayres this month!! HOW TOTALLY AWESOME IS THAT! (Keep posted for regular updates as they unfold).

I am so stoked/ excited/ overjoyed all at the same time. This is living the dream for an author and guys I’m loving every moment of it.

Watch out world, HERE COMES POLLY.

I can’t wait to hand over 100 books (How Polly Became a Pirate) tomorrow.

So, I have spent the last 2 days writing personal messages in all the books I am about to hand over to St Benedict’s Junior Prep tomorrow. I want each message to hold a special meaning for the pupil who will be receiving it so that the story becomes a personal journey for each of them.

HPBAP just front cover

How Polly Became a Pirate is the first in a series of Polly’s Piralympics that the school has chosen to use for their very interactive life orientation program.

My books have been written as a CROSS-OVER between picture/workbooks and chapter books and are therefore ideal for grade 3 learners. They have interactive pages at the end of each chapter, where children can express themselves by writing and drawing, this helps the children to reflect on what they have just                                             read as well as what they felt about it the story.

I can’t wait to see some of the results and am delighted the Principal Mrs Mackinnon has chosen to use this book with her pupils.

The Polly’s Piralympics Series intertwines a number of life orientation lessons within its pages and enables the pupils to express feeling and emotions that can be picked up by parents and teachers alike about what the child sees and experiences through their own eyes with the encouragement of Polly the Parrot and her Pirates.

#HowPollyBecameAPirate, #PollyYaNaeCanFly, #PollysPiralympics, #Polly’s Inuit Piralympics

OK off to sign 105 books for Bennies…

OK so I’m off to sign 105 copies of How Polly Became a Pirate for St Benedict’s Junior Prep before delivering them to them tomorrow – I am so excited to follow their progress with my books.

Am also looking forward to meeting the principal of Assumption Primary to discuss my book going to their school soon too.

Polly lands at Bennies

I love it when I have a meeting with a head of a school and find them as enthusiastic as I am about my writing. That is what happened this week when I met with Mrs. Mackinnon from St Benedicts Junior Prep. I have been onto Bennies before and given talks to the boys, but the Polly’s Piralympics Series has taken a slightly new direction since then and I was keen to share this with them.

I was met by a smiling Mrs. Mackinnon and the remarks, “Hallo, so what have you been up to since we last met? ”

HPBAP just front cover

I explained that I was now on the 6th book and How Polly Became a Pirate had just gone live on Amazon. The books have an interactive page at the end of each chapter and that for schools they are accompanied by a game and CD with teaching aids on it (including a balancing card Polly that the kids can take home to reinforce their lessons with.)

I gave a copy of How Polly Became a Pirate and Polly Ya Nae Can Fly to her to read, which she did that night, and proceeded to confirm that she would like to order 100 books for her school to use with the grade 3’s in their L.O. lessons. She loved how these books are something between workbooks and chapter books – “Ideal for grade 3’s to make the transition to chapter books.”

Well, I think I flew as high as Polly when I receive the news and I can’t wait to see how the boys receive my story, and how the teachers use it within their classroom.

So if you know a school that you think would benefit from Polly and her adventures just drop me a line.

#HowPollyBecameAPirate, #PollyYaNaeCanFly, #PollysPiralympics, #Polly’sInuitPiralympics, #PollysIndoorPiralympics

Polly flies into school libraries

So Polly flew into Craighall and Craiglands Primary Schools this week. Here are some pupils at Craiglands and Mrs Prout-Jones from Craighall receiving the books to add to Polly’s Piralympics already in their school libraries.

These interactive books are a parents/teachers tool to help with anti-bullying in schools. No child wants to be a snitch, so they can interact with the story and at the same time identify if there is a bully, who is being bullied as well as who the bully may be.

The series of books, How Polly Became a Pirate, Polly Ya Nae Can Fly, Polly’s Piralympics, Polly’s Inuit Piralympics, Polly’s Indoor Piralympics, Polly’s Christmas in Scotland and Polly Returns to Africa, include many life lessons for the children including: Stealing, why it’s wrong, Cheating just isn’t cool, Disability – we all have and it’s not cool to be cruel and being different is OK – glasses, braces, etc., littering, we only have one planet, gender issues – attitudes of boys towards girls, not listening to adults, climate change – global warming – Inuit’s and how it is affecting the Pole 20% faster than the rest of the Planet, Droughts, Tsunamis latest being in Greenland 062017, Disabled Parking bays are for the disabled, Rhino and elephant ivory poaching, Animal trafficking

If your school wants to order these books for your LO classes contact Jann on

A little late…

Opps. But it has been amazingly busy recently. Last Thursday I was invited back to Craighall Primary to sell my book Polly’s Piralympics, to the parents. Here I am with some of the pupils – unfortunately, due to cyber crime I have covered their faces to protect their identities. But it didn’t stop us from having fun.

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