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St Benedict’s Author Day

Bennies Bopp-new-cover-for-webpageys ROCK!

I have just had the most awesome day at St Benedict’s, Bedfordview, South Africa, with their Grade 3 boys. I gave an interactive presentation on what it is to be an Author and the processes involved from the initial idea to pen to print.

The boys were AMAZING. They answered all my questions as well as added to the answers I thought I already knew. We chatted about an authors tools, processes in writing, spider diagrams, illustrations, editing, proof reading, printing, distribution, and where to buys books.

Raised hand and lots of answers were the order of the day. Plus it was refreshing to learn that they are encouraged at the school to write a book themselves, KUDOS – St Benedict’s. Great to see so much enthusiasm from these lads, in a school which obviously encourages the imagination in their pupils as well as their creativity.

I had the most inspired day and couldn’t wait to blog about it.

Thank you so much for having me at your School and keep ’em peeled for my free kindle book coming out this FRIDAY 7th and SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER. – THE MAGIC VUVUZELA.


Back to School at St Benedict’s

Yes today I feel like I’m 10 years old again.

This morning I will be chatting to Bennies Boys in Bedfordview, South Africa about what it is to be an Author and my new book Polly’s Piralympics. We will also chat about and why its not cool to bully someone with a disability.

Yes 10 years old again, oh how I wish. But I’m off to school to give a talk about that it is to be an Author and also to look at my new book Polly’s Piralympics (Paralympics for Pirates.) Why I wrote it and the importance of talking about disabilities with young people so that it does not become an issue for bullying.

As I said earlier I feel like I am 10 years old. I have butterflies in my stomach but the nerves are always good, it makes me edgy and alert for the questions the Grade 3’s will launch at me, and believe you me, they do.

Yes I have done this before, but his time it is that little bit more special as it is around my new book and an area I feel strongly about.

I believe we all have disabilities/weaknesses – can’t dance, can’t sing, can’t cook, can’t ride a bicycle, can’t run 100m as fast as Hussain Bolt. Its just, well some are more obvious than others, one arm, no legs, one eye, and then there’s the harder ones to see until the person talks, a stutter, being deaf, being blind.

Kids can be very cruel at school and my book and the subject of my talk today is to try to make them aware that even though they may seem ‘normal‘ we all have that weakness, and if we bully someone else, when others find out our weakness they will bully us too.

So I cant wait to meet with the Grade 3’s today and will no boubt blog later about my day, so follow me and watch this space… ttfn


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