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with many thanks to everyone who has made me
so welcome...





Tettenhall College
It was lovely to meet everyone and to present illustrator, Ellen Walker, with her special surprise.



Short Wood School
Thank you to the staff and pupils of Short Wood School.  It was a pleasure to come into assembly in the morning and
present Javad with an illustration of the dragon he named.  It was also lovely to return in the afternoon and visit class 13
and class 17.  I hope you enjoyed your afternoon as much as I did.



High Ercall School
Thank you to the staff and pupils of High Ercall school for making me so welcome.  This was the first author event of the
festival.  The children were such a good audience, it was a pleasure to visit you.



Wellington Library
A huge thank you to the staff of Wellington Library for hosting the first event of the 16th Wellington Literary Festival.
Thank you also to all the authors who took part, to Jeff Phelps, Ina Taylor and Kirsty Clarke.  A big thank you to
Ellen F Walker, illustrator, for coming over to join me at my table.  I know everyone was impress by your drawings.
Last, but not least, thank you to everyone who came to the event.  It was lovely to see so many faces I recognise
and to meet lots of new people too.



All the PGCE students and their tutor Rachel Beyer
It was a pleasure to meet you all.  Thank you for being such a great audience and I wish
you every success and happiness in your future teaching careers.




Stafford Arts Festival
A big thank you to all the staff who organised the Arts Festival.
Our author event, in your lovely Oak Room, was much appreciated.




Everyone at Burton Borough School
It was a pleasure to meet the staff and pupils at Burton Borough School.
I thought you were an amazing audience and I hope you enjoyed the afternoon.
Thank you also for the beautiful flowers.  I had to put them into two vases.





Grace Horton
  A big thank you to Grace Horton for the wonderful letter you sent to me.
I loved your drawings and I'm really pleased you like the books.
You'll be pleased to know book four is now finished and should be published later this year.
Next month I'm going to make a start on book five.
I'm glad I've been able to inspire your writing.




Everyone at Mount Pleasant Primary School
for inviting me to your summer fair.  It was a lovely afternoon and the rain stayed away.  I absolutely love your new veranda...
every school should have one.  It was great to say hello to people I've met before and to those I met for the first time today.
Thank you to Jessica for coming to say hello... it's lovely to put a face to an email.



Everyone at St. Peter's Bratton who organised or helped at the fete...
a special thank you to Julie Foulkes, Anna Dean and Katherine Herbert.  We had a lovely time.



the ladies of Cressage WI
A big thank you for inviting me to speak at your meeting.  It was lovely to meet you all and
it was a pleasure to judge your 'Hedgerow' poems.  There'll be a write up of my visit in next week's Thursday Tweet.
I hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did.



Mount Pleasant Primary School
for inviting me to open their new school library.
I had a lovely afternoon.



I also felt very honoured when I saw their time capsule in Reception.



The children had chosen The Golden Acorn to be sealed inside.




Everyone who organised or came to Wellington's Midsummer Fayre
What a wonderful day.
I  hope everyone who came enjoyed themselves because we did.
Camelin got to show off his new hat and my headdress.





Newport Olympic Torch Day
Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your day.  It was a pleasure to present the school with
their shields and cetificates for the relay races.  I hope the winning school, St Peter's and St Paul's, enjoy their prize...
an author visit from me for an afternoon in school and a set of books.
It must have been a mammoth task to organise the day but it was brilliant.  Thank you to all the people involved.
 


everyone in Mrs Jones' class at St Peter's Bratton
It was a pleasure to read and judge your stories.
I also had a lovely afternoon.  Well done to all of you, and congratulations to Hannah.




everyone at the Positive Pathways TCAT group
It was lovely to meet you all, and a big thank you for the help with my big bag.
 I felt really privileged to be able to read the books you've all written for younger readers.
What a pleasant surprise to read about robots, cats, tigers, rabbits and lots of other characters too numerous to mention.
I would encourage you to enter the writing competition.  You never know where it might lead.
Wishing you every success with your stories.
 
I had a great afternoon... thank you for asking me.




The Pig of Lead
A very big thank you to Julie and John.
Our stay with you was fantastic.  Thanks to the peace of Derbyshire, great breakfasts and
a very comfortable bed, I was able to finish Jack and Camelin's fourth adventure.
We'll be back!



everyone at Masson Mill in Cromford
It was lovely to be made so welcome.






the Wednesday Wordsmiths
Thank you for inviting me to talk to your group.  It was a really lovely afternoon.
Every good wish to Joan Barlow for the launch of her new book.




Everyone involved in the Lilleshall Monumental Fun Run + 10k race

Thank you to Helen for asking me to be a part of your event again. It was an honour to start the fun run off.
Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who took part.
It was lovely to see familiar faces too and have a chat.
The event gets bigger and better every year and the weather was really kind today.
Camelin really enjoyed the BBQ too!



Harlescott Junior School
I enjoyed meeting the whole school in your assembly and then each of the Y6 classes.
A big thank you for all the willing hands who helped me with my props and cases,
and for being such good listeners.



Harry Brook
Thank you for your lovely letter.
I'm glad you are enjoying The Golden Acorn and hope you enjoy Glasruhen Gate too.





Everyone at the Shrewsbury Bookfest


for arranging the visit to


St. George's Junior School
I had a really enjoyable afternoon. The children in Year 5 and Year 6 were all excellent listeners.
Thank you also to the two children who were my IT experts and to all the children who helped to carry my boxes and cases.
I hope you enjoyed the visit too... the volunteers looked great in the costumes.





The Reception and Year 1 children and staff
at St Giles CE School


Thank you for a lovely afternoon and for the beautiful flowers.
Camelin loved them too.
It was a pleasure to meet you all and a big thank you to all the children
who volunteered to be dressed up.




St Patrick's RC School
It was lovely to be in your school again and meet some new children.
What brilliant listeners you all were.
Thank you for a great afternoon





Wrekin College
It was a pleasure to visit your school and meet some of the students and staff.
I have to say a huge thank you for the lovely flowers too. Spring has come early to my house.





St. Dominic's High School in Brewood
A huge thank you to the children and staff for inviting me to your school for World Book Day.
It was an absolute pleasure to be there. A big thank you too to all the children who helped me by dressing up.
Your own costumes looked fantastic. What a lovely start to my 2012 school visits.




Andi Jacobs

for sending me this email...

Hi Catherine Cooper,
I'm Andi Jacobs. I love your books about Jack Brenin.
I finished the whole series this week (this isn't something I normally do).
I was really sad when I finished the Silver Hill book because I felt like I lost some magical friends.
I would REALLY love if you continued the series! I already have started re-reading the series to my little sister.

I hope that I will be able to read more about Jack Brenin in the future! I wanted to let you know that your books
have made me look at God's creation differently than I used to. Every time I see trees swaying from side to
side I think about the dryads from your book and how beautiful it all looks... I hope to hear from you and that
you would consider writing many more books of Jack Brenin's adventures!

You are my favorite author! What you do is appreciated by so many. Thanks so much!

Just to let Andi and everyone else know Silver Hill isn't the last book in the series... there's two more to come.



Everyone at Ketley Boys Brigade
It was a pleasure to meet you all and to be asked to
launch your reading week. It was also nice to see some familiar faces.
Good luck with your fund raising... don't forget to enter the competition.




The staff and children of the Beacon CE School, Liverpool
This was a special school visit since I'm not due to start them until March.
I have to say a huge thank you to the staff
and children on the Beacon School.
The Y3 and Y4 children I met were a pleasure to talk to.

The afternoon went very quickly and I wish I could have spent more time with you all.
A big thank you too to all the children who dressed up. It was lovely too to meet the VRH staff and helpers.




everyone at VRH for your card
(especially to Keiran who designed it... I love Horrible Histories too)



Thank you Catherine for helping us support over 5,500 children

This term we ran a competition with the children asking them to design a festive thank you card that
we could send to all our supporters who help make it possible for them to have their reading sessions each week.

The competition was won by Keiran Allen from St Brendan's Primary School.
Keiran is 8 years old and reads with VRH reading helper June Starrs each week.
We hope you like his design (above) as much as we did!

Wishing you a merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from everyone at VRH (now Beanstalk)




Rebecca and the staff of WHSmith Wellington...
... also to everyone who came to the book signing.
Thank you for turning out on a cold December day.




Pat Jones and the Friends of Princess Royal Hospital
for organizing the Christmas Craft Fayre.
A big thank you to everyone who came. It was lovely to chat to all the visitors.




KS2 staff and children at Crudgington School

I really enjoyed meeting you all and enjoyed my visit too.
I'm sorry the Y3/Y4 class didn't get chance to ask all their questions but if you'd like to use the contact form on the website
and send them to me I'd be happy to answer them.
I'm sure your films will be great... what an exciting project you've all been involved with.
Thank you for being such a good audience.





the Lower School at Tettenhall College
It was lovely to be invited to your school and to meet everyone today.
Thank you to the school library staff for orgainsing the visit, and to all the teachers; everyone made us feel very welcome.
I also have to thank all the willing children who came out and got dressed up.
I appreciated the questions asked and if every the book club want to ask any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.
You were all very good listeners too.

My husband and I were really impressed by the art work around the school, especially the dragon, by Ellen Walker.
We both think Ellen is very talented.




everyone at St Giles School
Especially the Y3 and Y4 children for being such attentive listeners.
A big thank you to all the children who dressed up and helped me with the props too.
I really enjoyed my visit, even more so when I discovered I'd been at teacher training college with Mrs. Crouch,
a very unexpected surprise. It was lovely to meet you all.





Sue Brown for her wonderful portrait of Camelin
we love him



click on the portrait to see Sue Brown's amazing work



WHSmith Wellington Branch
A huge thank you to Rebecca and staff at WHS in Wellington for hosting the book launch of Silver Hill.
It was lovely to everyone and a big thank you to everyone who came... I'm sorry some of you had to queue.



those who came to the launch saw Camelin after being 'Hagged'!





Mr Burroughs and his class at Millbrook School
I had a wonderful surprise on Saturday at WHSmith's. Mr Burroughs gave me a large carrier bag,
inside was a lovely present and a card I will treasure; a lovely reminder of my visit.
Thank you Mr. Burroughs and your class.





Everyone involved in the Wellington Literary Festival
story and poetry presentation evening
We were very lucky to have our presentation in the Hayward Arts Centre at New College... what a lovely venue.
There are so many people to thank... the two young ladies who prepared the food, the staff at New College, the committee, the organizers, Wellington Town Council, our Mayor Lesley Street, and all the children who entered the competition. The support from family and friends on the night was phenominal... I don't think I've ever seen so many proud faces in one room...


click the photo to go to the competition page

...and thanks also to our violinist for the evening.



there will be news to follow soon about the new writing group starting up for young people at the new Wellington Library



Short Wood School
For their brilliant letters written as part of an ongoing school/author partnership.
Josie and Aimee's letter will appear in a new book, to be published next year, called Hanging Gate Hall.
Your help is very much appreciated.





Norton-in-Hales School
For asking me back to open your new Library. It looks fantastic.
Thank you also for the questions you'd prepared for me. It is always a pleasure to visit your school.



Everyone
who was involved in organizing the

Wellington Library
Writing Competition Presentation Evening at Sunnycroft
What a lovely evening.
The winning stories and poems were a delight to listen to as they were performed by professional story teller, Andy Hawkins.
The two winners also had their work illustrated by Fran O'Boyle.
A big thank you to all the staff of the library and Sunnycroft for organizing such a brilliant night and to Matt James who was compere for the evening.



Pictured are winners l-r, Michael Gregg, Ali Scott, Charlotte Pearson, and Yasmin Lavery. Centre front is author, Catherine Cooper. Back row is L-R, Storyteller Andy Hawkins, Matt James (compere) and Illustrator Fran O’Boyle
for the full story on shropshirelive.com click on the picture
Photograph by kind permission of Craig Holmes : Metro Photographic
Portfolio web site : www.craigholmes.com


If anyone is interested in The Young Writers Group visit www.scribbled-ink.co.uk for more information.
The group will be transferring to Wellington Library in January - exact dates to be confirmed in due course.
The Young Writers Group is for any young person aged 11-19 with an enthusiasm for the art of creative writing. It's especially good for people wishing to develop as writers, share new ideas and obtain constructive feedback from people of a similar age.



Thank you to everyone who entered the Name a Dragonor competition



...and the adult winner was...




Y8 at the Abraham Darby Academy
I enjoyed meeting you all and also seeing some familiar faces too.
If any of you want to enter the competition the entry forms are in the library.



to everyone at Brit Writers
for making the award evening at Madame Tussauds a night to remember.

I'd also like to say a huge thank you to Infinite Ideas too.
This last year has been an amazing journey.

It was also lovely to meet and speak to so many people and I'd like to pass on my congratulations
to all the finalists and the winners of this years awards.




to everyone at The Grange School, Tower Hill, London
This was a most enjoyable visit for me and I hope you all enjoyed it too.
Thank you to the young gentleman who showed me into school, to the staff who made me feel so welcome and to Joy Budhan for arranging the visit.
I thoroughly enjoyed talking to the KS2 children and being with Pluto class... your questions and illustrations were really appreciated.
I hope the next time I'm in London I'm able to pop in and say hello to you all again.




to everyone at Short Wood School for their Ariadne letters
We will let you know our decision as soon as we've read them all.



A Brilliant Suggestion...




Everyone who organised the Bookcrossing Unconvention in Nottingham
A big thank you to Janice for inviting me, to Gary for sorting out the web link and to all the members who made me feel so welcome. Thank you also to everyone who came to my talk. May all the books have happy journeys.
The cakes were a very kind thought and survived the journey home... loved the logo on the top, someone had been very busy.
The VRH will also be grateful for the cheque... thank you.



To find out what people have said and to track the book's journey... click on the book title of your choice below





R H Stewart and everyone involved in the Stafford Arts Festival
What an amazing venue... the Oak Room and County Buildings were very impressive.
Thank you to everyone who came to the author event. I enjoyed meeting you all and I hope you enjoy the books.
See you all at next year's festival.



Mr Burroughs and all the KS1 children at Millbrook School
It was a pleasure to meet you all this afternoon.
I hope you enjoyed the visit as much as I did.
A big thank you to Mr Burroughs for organizing everything.



Amanda and the VRH group
We had a really enjoyable morning with the group. You made us feel so welcome
and were a superb audience. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.
PS... after writing this I had some lovely emails from VRH members... your comments were appreciated.



John Baird
A big thank you to John Baird and the New Writers UK who made the Hucknall Book and Craft Fair so enjoyable.
It takes a lot of hard work to organize and publicize any event... so... thank you to everyone who contributed to making the day a success.



Lilleshall School
The organizers of Lilleshall School Fete and everyone who came.
It was lovely to see so many faces I recognized.




SS Peter + Paul Catholic Primary School, Newport
A big thank you to the two classes I visited this afternoon. You made me very welcome.
You were fantastic listeners and I appreciated your questions.
Thank you to the children who gave me suggestions for future books, especially Thomas, and all the children
who helped me illustrate my characters by dressing up.



Sue Bliss and everyone at No.9
We had a wonderful time in Stratford.
Thank you to Sue and Roger for their hospitality and also to Sue for the two paintings
, which are now on the website.
The originals are hanging in my study.
We also have to thank everyone at No.9... an amazing eating experience... lovely food and atmosphere... would highly recommend.



Click on the number nine for more information.



EVERYONE
who sent me a letter from Short Wood School
it was a lovely surprise when I got home from book signing to find a very large envelope.
Inside were lots of thank you letters. I really enjoyed reading them and will reply and answer your questions.
My husband read the letters too and we were both very impressed by your beautiful handwriting and brilliant pictures.



(click on the icon above to see your illustrations in the gallery)




EVERYONE
who came to the book signing event at WHSmith's Wellington branch today
It was lovely to see you all. Thank you to Tom and a big thank you to Rebecca
and her staff for dressing up as pirates.





St Peter's Bratton
Despite the rain it was a lovely BBQ and fete.
Thanks to everyone who came to say hello and to everyone who bought the new book.
A big thank you to all the people who spent time organizing events like this... it's a lot of hard work but what a brilliant success.
It was a special event for me to see so many friends again.



Wellington Midsummer Fayre
Thank you to Rob and everyone else who contributed into making
today such a brilliant success... despite the heavy showers we had a great time.
It was lovely so many of you came to say hello.




Our Lady's Abingdon School
What a wonderful surprise I had today when a large envelope dropped through the letterbox.
Inside were your letters. Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed reading them and I'm glad you are looking forward to reading my new book.





Short Wood School
It's always a pleasure to visit your school.
A big thank you to the staff and children for making my visit so enjoyable... I hope you enjoyed it too.
I'd also like to thank all the children who helped me.
You were all brilliant listeners and I thought your questions were excellent.

A special thank you to Adnan Younis for sending me the drawing.



(click on the icon above to see the larger picture)



Newdale School
It was lovley to meet you all today.
What brilliant listeners you all were... I was very impressed.
I hope you enjoyed my visit too.
A big thank you to everyone who made me feel so welcome... especially to the
children who helped me with my bags and made sure I didn't get lost.



Dothill School
Thank you for inviting me to your assembly.
It was my pleasure to present Brendan and Olivia with their copies of THE PIRATE SHIP.
I really appreciated their comments after reading the first draft of the book.
A big congratulations to the children who were short listed and got a mention in the book.
The names you suggested for Tom and Sam's pirate ship were brilliant.





Burton Borough School
I hope the Year 7's enjoyed the visit as much as I did.
A very big thank you to making me feel so welcome... for all the help you gave me with boxes and bags and
for the lovely bouquet of flowers. That was a big surprise and very much appreciated.
It was lovely to see all the children and staff who came to the bookshop after school too.



St Patrick's RC School
Well done again to Imogen who won a copy of The Pirate Ship.
Everyone loved the name WAVECRASHER, you suggested, for the ship in the new book.
I enjoyed being a part of your assembly.






Lincoln Book Festival
It was lovely to see everyone at the Book Festival in Lincoln on Saturday.
The Drill Hall was a brilliant venue and a big thank you to all the organizers.



Dawley CE School
What a lovely afternoon.
Thank you to Mr Hughes and everyone in Base 3 for welcoming me into your class.
The letters you sent me asking if I'd visit your school were delightful.
How could I have refused when you told me I'd be visiting the 'best school in the world'.
I hope you enjoyed my visit as much as I did.
Thank you to everyone who sent me a letter.



Windmill Primary School
It was lovely to meet the youngest children today.
I hope you enjoyed the story.

What a wonderful surprise when I opened a big envelope the other day.
Inside were lots of drawings and writing from some of the youngest children at the Windmill School, following my visit.
There were too many to put on this page but I thought you'd like to see at least one of them.
Thank you Daisy B. I loved your cat, hen and dog.





Maesbury Primary School
It was lovely to meet everyone yesterday... what good listeners you all were.
Thank you to all the children, who also helped, by dressing up.
I hoped you enjoyed my visit as much as I enjoyed coming to see you.



Albrighton Primary School
A big thank you to everyone for today.
It was lovely to see so many faces I recognized from my last visit.
I hope you enjoyed my visit too.




Windmill Primary School
Thank you to everyone who came to see me in the Studio today... what brilliant listeners.
Also a big thank you to the staff for making me so welcome.
The two stories I brought home with me by Eleanor and Jamie, were lovely to read.
I hope you all enjoyed the visit.




Mount Pleasant Primary School

Today I visited the Nursery, Reception and KS1 children.
I was very impressed with the work you've done on the pirates, especially your stories.
Thank you for the lovely flowers and card... it will go in my memory box.
Below is a special mention to the children who wrote to me following my first visit.



Thank you to everyone who came to the bookshop too.



Lilleshall Fun Run

To everyone who came to the Lilleshall Fun Run and 10K race.
It was lovely to be invited and a big congratulations to
Elisha and Matthew who were the winners of the Fun Run race.
Also to Helen, Andy and everyone else who helped organize such a brilliant event.
I'm really looking forward to next year.
I've got an especially big thank you to make to Toby for his help at the end.




Mount Pleasant Primary School
I had a wonderful day in your school due to your welcome.
What fantastic listeners and brilliant questioners.
Your attentiveness helped you answer my questions really well.
I hope you all enjoyed the visit too.
It really was lovely to meet you all... thank you.




St Peter's School Bratton
It's always a pleasure to come to St Peter's and see so many familiar faces.
A big thank you for inviting me in during your Book Week.
It was lovely to see so many children at the Book Club during the lunchtime play.
I'll hopefully see you all again soon.




Meadow Primary School
I'd like to thank everyone at Meadow Primary School.
It was a lovely day and I was very impressed by your attentive listeners.
Thank you also to everyone who came to the bookshop after school.
It was great to see you all... hope you had a good day too.




Stafford Library
A big thank you to Stafford Library for hosting an author event in their courtroom.
What a venue!
Also... a really big thank you to Bob (R H Stewart) for organizing the whole event.
It was lovely to see so many people there.




WHSmith's Telford
Thank you to the staff of WHSmith's Telford branch for inviting me to their World Book Day celebrations.
It was lovely to meet you all and a big thank you to everyone who came.



Norton in Hales Primary School
You all looked brilliant in your costumes yesterday when I visited your school on World Book Day.
Even the sun came out so you could parade outside and have them judged.
Congratulations to the four winners... The Little Mermaid, King Arthur, Grandma
from George's Marvellous Medicine and Little John... you all looked great.
I think the staff deserve congratulating too...
I'll never be able to look at 'Where's Wally' again without thinking of you all.
You made me feel so welcome, it was a pleasure to talk to your children.
A big thank you too for the flowers.
I wish you lots of hours of happy reading in your new library.




St Luke's Primary School
A big thank you to the staff and children of St Luke's for making me so welcome.
I had a lovely day and hope you did too.
It was a pleasure to have such attentive listeners and I was thrilled when I got home
and found I'd been emailed with some questions from some of the youngest children.
A great day.




WHSmith's Wellington Branch
To Adele and all the staff at WHSmith's.
What a day!
Thank you for making me welcome and also to everyone who came.
It really was lovely to see everyone.



Whisby Nature Park
To Georgina and staff who made our visit to Whisby Nature Park so enjoyable.
Thank you for your hospitality... my husbands says thank you for the cups of tea too.
It was a pleasure to be part of your celebrations for Grandparents Week.
I met so many really lovely people and an especially big thank you to the lady who
told me about when she was a 'Land Girl' and was sent to gather acorns so the forests
could be replanted... something I'll never forget and so close to my own heart.




St. Leonard's C of E School
Thank you to everyone who made my visit to St Leonard's so enjoyable.
It was also lovely to meet so many of you after school and a big thank you to everyone
who came to the book signing especially those of you who had to queue for so long.
I hope you enjoy reading my books.




St. Matthew's C of E School
A huge thank you to the staff and children of St. Matthew's for such a warm welcome.
I have to say how impressed I was by the children's attentiveness and ability to listen.
You have a lovely school and I was very grateful for being based in one place for the day.
I really enjoyed my visit and hope you all did too.




Shrewsbury Voluntary Reading Help Group
Another cold, icy day but the warmth inside the room at the VRH meeting
was lovely... thank you everyone for making me very welcome again.
It's always a pleasure to visit your group.




WHSmith Wellington
A big thank you to Wendy and the staff.
It was a cold, icy, Winter's day so an especially big thank you
to everyone who ventured out and braved the elements.
It was lovely to see you all.



Our Lady's Abingdon School
Thank you to everyone at the school for making myself and my husband so welcome.
It was a real pleasure to meet the children and to see them dressed as fantasy characters.
You all looked fantastic. I loved the ears and hands which came out of the pink suitcase for the BFG.
It was lovely to meet parents after school too at the book fayre.
A big thank you also to Mark Thornton from Mostly Books in Abingdon too.
The flowers were a lovely surprise, thank you.




Julie and everyone involved with New Writers UK
Two brilliant days in Nottingham at the Book Fayre.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success and to everyone who came.
It was lovely to meet so many people and to have so many interested young people attend
the writing workshop. Congratulations too to everyone who won a prize in the writing competition.




Highley Primary School
The enthusiasm from the children throughout the school was wonderful.
Thank you to all the staff and children for making my visit one to remember.
I especially loved the idea of the sausage breathing dragon... ready to eat... instant BBQ... brilliant!
You all listened really well and I'm sorry there wasn't time to answer all your questions.
Thank you to everyone who came to the book signing after school too.



Albrighton Primary School
It was a pleasure to meet everyone and what good listeners you all were.
Thank you to the staff and especially to Mr Goodridge who organized the visit.
I loved your school too, especially all the art work.
I was very impressed by the questions the group asked me when
they interviewed me just before lunchtime.
It was lovely to meet so many of you after school at the book signing too.




The Old Hall School
Thank you to the Head Teacher, all the staff and children.
Especially to the teachers who organized the visit, sorted out the technology
and let me use the Music and Drama room for the day.
I enjoyed my tour of the school too, so a big thank you to my two guides.



Dothill Primary School
As part of the Wellington Literary Festival I visited the Y3/Y4 classes at Dothill School.
A big thank you to the staff and children.
The Year 3 and Year 4 children listened really well.
It was also lovely to say 'hello' to lots of children I'd seen before on previous visits.




Claverley CE School
I visited each class in the school and had a very warm welcome from everyone.
Thank you to the Head Teacher, Staff, Children for a lovely day and to those Parents who I met after school.
I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures the Reception/Y1 class were planning to do.




Sheriffhales Primary School
I really enjoyed my visit today.
Thank you for making me feel so welcome and for all the children
who listened so well. An especial thank you to Sam who was a brilliant
model for the Pirate character we created.



Everyone who came to the Presentation Evening
at The Civic Centre in Wellington
It was lovely to see so many people there.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Poetry and Short Story Competitions.
Congratulations to all the winners.
I'm looking forward to reading your entries next year!




Thank you to everyone for the lovely bouquet of flowers too.



Helen Ross and the staff of WHSmith's Wellington Branch
What a start to Wellington's Literary Festival.
It was a wonderful morning and so many people came to the book signing.
Thanks to everyone who came.




St Peter's ~ Edgmond
Thank you to all the staff and children for making me feel so welcome.
It was a pleasure to visit your school today.




Blackwell Book Shop in Oxford
Infinite Ideas and the Brit Writers' Team
Tuesday was a day to remember and an especially big
thank you to everyone who travelled to Oxford especially
for the book launch. Thanks to Tim too for looking after me so well.




WHSmith Wellington
A big thank you again to Helen Ross, her staff and especially Rebecca
for all the help today at the Book Signing Event... see you all again
on Saturday 2nd October during the Wellington Literary Festival.
Also a big thank you to everyone who came to say hello and have their books signed.



Carrie and Tim at Booka Books in Oswestry
I really enjoyed the morning and it was lovely to be telling stories in your bookshop.








to everyone at Brit Writers
A big thank you to you all for making the award evening at the O2 a night to remember.
You must all have worked extremely hard.
The awards I won are stunning... still in shock!
I'd also like to say thank you to the organizers, to the people who attended the Award Evening
and everyone who took the time to speak to me after the event.
Your kind words and congratulations were really appreciated.




The Captain Webb School
What a lovely audience you were.
It was a pleasure to come to your school.
How wonderful too to have an award winning writer... well done Eliza.




St Peter's Bratton
Thank you for inviting me to speak to the Y3/Y4 groups and for
making me feel so welcome.



New Writers UK
Lovely to see you all at Lowdham.
A big thank you to Julie and everyone else who organized the event.




Wellington Midsummer Fayre
Thank you to everyone who contributed into making
today such a brilliant success... it was great.
It was also lovely to see so many people I know and to say
hello to lots of pupils I've met in the local schools.



The Wakeman School
I enjoyed our question and answer session.
It was lovley to speak to so many of you who are
enthusiastic about writing.



New Writers UK
Thank you to everyone who organized the event at Rufford Abbey,
with an especially big thank you to Julie Malone and her family
who work so hard to make these events a success.
It was a beautiful venue, really helpful staff and lots of
visitors to talk to... another thank you to everyone who
bought my books... hope to see you all again next year.




Apley Wood School
It was lovely to meet all of Y6 today.
Thank you for making me feel so welcome.
I really enjoyed my visit.



St Peter's Bratton
Thank you to everyone who came to the
Meet The Author Event at the beginning
of your Book Week.
It was lovely to see so many of you again.




WHSmith Wellington
A big thank you again to Helen Ross and all the staff
for hosting the launch of my new book
Glasruhen Gate.




Lilleshall School
Thank you for asking me to your May Fair.
It was lovely to see you all again and thank you
to everyone who bought Glasruhen Gate.




Apley Wood School
It was lovely to meet KS1 in assembly.
A big thank you to Y5's who listened so well.
I really enjoyed my visit.




Dorothy Nicolle
for organizing the event at Attingham Park
and to everyone who came and bought books.
It was lovely to say hello to so many of the children
I've met in schools.



Wrekin View School
I really enjoyed being with KS1 in assembly.
I love your Wrekin Giants... they're amazing.
Thank you also to the Y3/Y4's and Y5/Y6 classes.
Hope to see you all again soon.




Lilleshall Monumental Race Day
Thank you to Helen for inviting me to the event.
Also a big thank you to everyone who helped to organize
such a great day... and it kept fine too.
It was lovely to see so many children from Lilleshall School,
who I'd met a couple of weeks ago.




Alison Hayward of
the Book Nook Newport
Thank you to Alison for organizing the Book Fayre
at The Parish Rooms in Newport and to
everyone who came... especially the children from
Lilleshall School who said hello and listened to an extract from
The Golden Acorn.




Booka Bookshop in Oswestry
Thank you to Carrie and Tim, all the staff and everyone who came to the creative morning and book signing event.
It was lovely to meet you all and a big thank you to everyone who contributed towards the Food Alphabet, Food ABC and Favourite Plate of Food books.
If you want to show your work to anyone the books are in Booka Bookshop.




Lilleshall School
It was a real pleasure to meet all of KS2 today.
Thank you also to the staff who arranged the visit.




St Patrick's School
Thank you to your Y4's it was lovely to meet you all.




Lilleshall School
It was a real pleasure to meet all the KS1 children.
Thank you for listening so well.








St Patrick's School
It was a real pleasure to meet
the Y3, Y5 and Y6 children today.
Thank you for making me so welcome.




Charlton School
It was lovely to speak to you all and to see
so many faces I recognized.
Thank you to the staff and Y7.




Idsall School
Thank you to Paula Walker for organizing my
visit and to all the staff an pupils who
I met and spoke to.




St Patrick's School
Thank you for a lovely time in KS1.
I hope to see some of the pictures.
I'd love to put some in the gallery.




Dothill School
Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome.
It was a pleasure to talk to the Y5 and Y6 children.
See some of you again in October during the Wellington Literary Festival.



The Book Nook in Newport
It was lovely to meet everyone today and thank you especially to Alison
for hosting the book signing event at her shop.





Thank you to everyone who sent me cards and good wishes.



...TCAT for organizing the book signing and photograph session.


...anyone who came to the Book Launch in Wellington
and the Book Fayre in Nottingham.
It was lovely to see you all. I hope you enjoy the book.




...also a big thank you to Mrs Jackson and everyone at High Ercall School
and to Mrs Harris and everyone at Short Wood School.
I really enjoyed meeting you all.




...an especially big thank you to the staff at W H Smith in Wellington
for making me so welcome at the Book Signing Event.



...thank you to the Mrs Howard and the staff of Hay-on-Wye Primary School.
It was a pleasure to speak to your Y5 and Y6 children.



Thank you to Mr Dean and all the staff and children of St Peter's Bratton.
It was lovely to see you again and thank you for all your emails.



...another especially big thank you to the staff at W H Smith in Wellington
for having me back for their December Book Signing Event.