I have worked in an RNIB college teaching young people who are blind, partially sighted and with varied learning abilities including Aspergers and Autism.
We have worked at all levels including Key Skills. I ran the gym and headed up the health and leisure courses.
I have since gained my BA (OU) in the belief that learning is fun and opens doors to new experiences.
This book Stage Fright, is a debut and a tribute to the theatres of Croydon, but it could be any theatre that has since closed.
It is a fun and scary book, a springboard for kids to explore their story telling of mystery, suspense or history.
It is inclusive for all abilities, and I aim to engage all kids with tactile, auditory and visual engagement.
My book was included in the Local and Community History Month of May by the Reading Agency, readingagency.org.uk - bit.ly/BackInTimeKids
Comments by the pupils from my recent visit to Winterbourne Boys Academy in Croydon:-
“I like how she taught us about English and writing and read her book to us,” –David C2
“I liked how she read her book and I really enjoyed how she came to the school in person and taught us about writing,” –Omar C2
“The author who visited showed us ways of writing scary stories and she also told us about the history of Croydon. The kind author also read through our work and corrected our writings. She also signed our books/bookmarks. It was a very inspirational visit!” –Karan C2
“I like how she was very kind and thought she did a very good job explaining her book in detail,” –Sahal C1
Have you ever stood in your local high street and looked up at the buildings around you and wondered what was there before? If so this is the book for you. My debut book is inspired by living in this South London town for over three decades and seeing the changes around me. These three spine tingling tales are set in a Victorian theatre at different points in history, first in its Victorian hey day, then during world war two and lastly in the 1970's. Each spooky story has a spectacular array of theatrical characters, short, sharp and full of suspense - perfect for avid or reluctant readers.