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Greenman 2018

This is clip from this year’s performance at Greenman Festival in the Little Folk area, in the Sea Dragon tent. The challenge was to write the story: The Steampunk Pirates & The Lost City of Atlantis. Two kids had walked in with … Continue reading

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How to Get to School in 60 Seconds

A little while ago, my son Herbie helped come up with and develop the idea for a book. Well, we’re delighted to say that a copy of the finished product has just dropped through the letterbox. It is part of … Continue reading

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HOW TO BE HILARIOUS! New Show

To mark the publication of a brand new book of original jokes (co-written by me and Rachel Delahaye), I’ve written a new event that promises to put its funny where its mouth is. The Daily Joker (published September, Piccadilly Press, £4.99) has a rib-tickling … Continue reading

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THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD

Award winning children’s author/performer Gareth P Jones (Ninja Meerkats, Steampunk Pirates & Death or Ice Cream?) is teaming up with fabulous illustrators (including Garry Parsons, Steve May and Gemma Hastilow) in this brand new, original and unpredictable festival show. Gareth and his … Continue reading

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World Book Day!

Thank you to everyone who dressed up as characters from my books on World Book Day. Sincerest apologies to the teacher who had to spend the day with the Grim Reaper in the class. 

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Mad March!

These days, March is very much harvest time for school visiting authors. The amount of work I get varies year to year, but this year is looking reassuringly busy. I hardly left the house in January until a week of school visits to British schools … Continue reading

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The Dark Stuff

Last week I had a Booktrust Letterbox event, a one-off session specially for children in care. This is my second one of these events in as many months. I enjoyed both very much and really hope it won’t be my … Continue reading

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Make Mstakes Boldly

This was a lovely thing to be asked to do. The idea was to ask people who work with children three words of advice for the next generation. Some chose three unconnected words, others went for a three word sentence. … Continue reading

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Northern Children’s Book Festival

It is widely believed that there are now more literary festivals in the country than can be counted. They vary in size, scale, length & prestige but one of my absolute favourites in the Northern Children Book Festival. There is … Continue reading

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The Greatest Story Never Written…

Today, I stood in front of years 5 & 6 with a blank piece of paper & asked them to fill it with a story. Their story went like this: The Planet Money was flat like a coin. On the … Continue reading

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