I have worked in numerous classrooms over many years. I love inspiring children: I love sharing my work with them and leaving them wanting to engage with their own words. I give readings for very young ones (sharing some of the many picture books I’ve had published over the years). I also talk to groups of this age range about what it’s like to be a writer. And I read from my poetry collection ‘Imagining Things’. With older children I read from my novels (chapter books for 8-12s). Always these longer stories are in some way or another about bullying. I was badly bullied at school, and I talk honestly to all groups about the subject. Sometimes too for older ones I will offer what I term ‘Meet the Author’ sessions where they can read my work ahead of time and then prepare questions for the day of my visit.