I am a children’s author learning to embrace my individuality.
I would like to live in a world of imagination where anything could happen and the most important things are friendship and kindness. In real life, live in the small town of Halstead in Essex with my family, a mixed-up dog (LabLurchTrievOodle) Frank and a big fluffy ginger cat called Mittens.
Although my books are too young for my children now, it was their love of stories when they were little which inspired me to pick up my pen and create.
After a lifetime in sensible office jobs, I am relishing the opportunity to explore my creative side. Along with writing, this also includes author visits and workshops for schools, libraries, bookshops and events. More details below:
Choose from a story-time visit for Lum, Lum's Mum or Animalympics. Each visit includes story-time, a fun activity and time for Questions from the children. All the details are on my website.
I have devised workshops on storytelling and poetry based on my own experiences. I am currently working on a workshop for maps and map-reading as well. Take a look here for details of the workshops ideal for KS1 and KS2.
For reviews of my books please take a look at Goodreads.
I'll just add one testimonial received from a Primary School teacher:
"Josie brought lots of stimulating, creative objects to inspire the children’s storytelling. The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop."
I have written for the Daily Mail, been featured in an article in Woman's Own and been interviewed on many BBC radio stations around the UK as well as being featured in my local press. Please take a look here for links to the articles mentioned (scroll to base of page for 'Media Mentions' section).
I am based in north Essex, and am willing to travel for events (travel expenses charged at cost).