Ahoy, ‘Bring a Story to Life’ children!

Today saw the conclusion of a two day workshop in collaboration with Create Space, run by my friend Zoe Thompson… and it was wonderful! The theme Bring a Story to Life was embraced by the children, who used Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates as their inspiration for lots of creative activities. They invented new pirate ship characters, designed their own book covers, played some great piratey games and entertained their friends and families with a brilliant musical performance to round it all off. Well done everyone!

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Thank you pirates!

Big thanks to all the little pirates (and their mums and dads!) who made our Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates event great fun today. Huge thanks also to The Book Nook for hosting such a lovely afternoon. Pirates rock! ⚓

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Book launch ahoy!

If your little ones love pirates, please bring them along to The Book Nook in Hove at 2pm this Saturday (16 Jan) to celebrate the launch of Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates. Ben Mantle and I will be reading in our best pirate voices, there’ll be a treasure hunt, piratey crafts… and you might even take home the prize for best pirate costume! Hope to see you there ⚓

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A-HARRR-PY NEW YEAR, everyone, from Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates, out today! We hope your little pirate-people enjoy it! ⚓️

Many thanks and congratulations to all the team, especially illustrator-extraordinaire Ben Mantle, Judith Brinsford at HarperCollins Children’s Books and Gaia Banks at Sheil Land. Here’s to a wonderful 2016!!

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The Christmas countdown starts here!

Happy 1st December everyone! To celebrate the Christmas countdown, I’ll be tweeting Rudey’s Windy Christmas every day from now until Christmas Eve… hope you and the children in your life enjoy it  x


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Thank you to all the children and teachers in Oak, Sycamore and Elm classes who joined in today’s witchy workshops so enthusiastically! Your spells and stories were wonderful and I hope you had as much fun as I did. It was lovely to meet you all.

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Happy Halloween!

It’s Halloween!! Huge thanks to Brighton Waterstones, Hurstpierpoint Library and The Mint House bookshop in Hurstpierpoint for hosting our special Halloweeny readings of Dragon v Dinosaur. And even bigger thanks to all the children who came and roared so spectacularly. Happy Halloween everyone!

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Only one week to go to Halloween!

There’s lots of free itchy witchy half-term fun coming up… hope you can make it to one or more of these events!

2.30pm, Thursday 29 Oct, Brighton Waterstones: come and practise your dragon and dinosaur roars at a special story time with me and illustrator Deborah Allwright, followed by some spooky sketching and book signing.

10.30-11.30am, Friday 30 Oct, Hurstpierpoint Library:  there’s going to be double trouble with readings of both books from The Witch with an Itch series, plus I’ll be helping little hands to make personalised broomstick bookmarks.

3pm, Saturday 31st Oct, The Mint House (book shop), Hurstpierpoint: it’s Halloween!! If you like cake and  dressing up, come along to our fancy dress Dragon v Dinosaur story time. You might  even win the prize for best costume!

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