David and his mate Ron Rose discover a bookshop that actually sells children’s poetry books!!!!!!

This is in Blackwell’s bookshop in Oxford where I went with Paula and our friends Ron and Linda for a weekend break. We didn’t go to the bookshop for a break that would be weird, we went to Oxford for the break. Obviously we don’t spend our holidays living in bookshops. (Actually we are in them so often I think that we probably do!) We had just been to Warwick to see Tom and Amy get married and then spent the Bank Holiday in Oxford. As you can see I am holding the latest book by me and Paul Cookson, It Came From Outer Space!  Usually I go into bookshops and I cannot find ANY books of mine, even though they are published by the very famous Macmillans Children’s Books. But here in Oxford there we several copies for sale, so thank you Blackwell’s, which of course has been an outstanding bookshop of note and renown for very many yea

I seem to have my eyes closed here, most odd. That's Ron just behind me looking at books on the shelf of the bookshop. As you do.

I seem to have my eyes closed here, most odd. That’s Ron just behind me looking at books on the shelf of the bookshop. As you do.

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The National Literacy Trust Big Event in Middlesborough

This is me announcing the fact that the three prizewinners (one first and two runners up) were going to get a certificate from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and a book of mine and a book of Craig's as a prize. As you can see, HRH The Duchess agreed with me when I said of the two the certificate was better.

This is me announcing the fact that the three prizewinners of the poetry competition (one first and two runners up) were going to get a certificate from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and a book of mine and a book of Craig’s as a prize. As you can see, HRH The Duchess agreed with me when I said of the two,the certificate was better.

This was on the 2nd of May where I got to meet HRH The Duchess of Cornwall who is the patron of the National Literacy Trust, a fantastic charity which promotes all kinds of work to do with reading, writing, books and what have you all over the country. There had been a poetry competition which I judged and the three winners read their poems. Then HRH the Duchess of Cornwall presented them with prizes, walked through the crowd of children who were the audience and talked to just about all of them. then every child in the 500 crowd were given a free book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alongside me during this event, reading our poems to entertain all the audience before HRH arrived, was Craig Bradley, a really amazing poet. Recently in Calderdale I was called The Mad Poet! Which is fine BUT……..

If you think I’m the Mad Poet wait til you meet Craig, he is BONKERS…in a very good way!

 

We are getting really well even if my face has started to wrinkle up into a rubber mask.

We are getting on really well even if my face has started to wrinkle up into a rubber mask.

 

Why I am pulling this face? I really don't know but it is pretty stupid looking isn't it?

Why I am pulling this face? I really don’t know but it is pretty stupid looking isn’t it?

This is Craig having a laugh with the Duchess of cornwall shortly before he was thrown into the Tower of London because I don't think you are supposed to grab her arm! (joke, he didn't and wasn't and any way she was absolutely charming)

This is Craig having a laugh with the Duchess of Cornwall shortly before he was thrown into the Tower of London because I don’t think you are supposed to grab her arm! (joke, he didn’t and wasn’t and any way she was absolutely charming).

These were the three children who did so well in the poetry competition. They are all from Middlesborough and wrote poems about an aspect of their home town they thought was important. Ellie wrote about Middlesborough FC, Jamie wrote about the really amazing transporter bridge they have there and Christopher wrote a wonderful poem The Spirit of Middlesborough. VERY well done all three of you!

1st Prize winner: Christopher Allon, Newham Bridge Primary School

Runner up: Ellie Jepson, Hemlington Hall Primary School

Runner up: Jamie Wood, Pallister Park Primary School

A really fabulous event, Craig and I had a great time!!!!! If you were there I hope you enjoyed it too. AND IT DIDN’T RAIN!

Me and Craig waiting to do some poetry stuff!

Me and Craig waiting to do some poetry stuff!

Visit to Hollywell Primary School in Nottingham

Opening the library with huge scissors!

Opening the library with huge scissors!

Last month, the 26th to be exact, I was invited to visit Hollywell Primary school, perform my poems, make poems with the children and open a BRAND NEW LIBRARY. It was a great honour and I was really pleased to be asked.

And there was CAKE, oh and pirates, knights in armour, princesses, Daft Morl from Star Wars………(at least I think that’s what he said)……all kinds of people. Either this school has the weirdest uniform in the world OR it was dress up as a book character day. All the grown ups were in fancy dress as well as the children. I had a Harry Potter T shirt on so I think that counted.

The local IKEA store donated lots of shelving units and stuff and now the school has a lovely space for children to find books, read books, share books………

You just can’t have enough books. I have MILLIONS of them…can’t have enough. Impossible. End of.

Here’s a couple of photos of me opening the library.

Opening the library with the help of a pirate.

Opening the library with the help of a pirate.

Able Writers Day at Wigtown Primary School, Leeds last month.

A great day and thank you to all the pupils who came along for the story writing/grammar workshop and a HUGE thank you to the grown ups who were with them. Wigtown Primary School is a warm and welcoming place and they made us all feel right at home. As well as pupils from Wigtown Primary there were pupils from Brodetsky Primary school and Harehills Primary school.

(Hello Mrs Broughton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

A really great bunch of people and they worked SO hard! Thank you.

This is what a really kind teacher, Ms Lilley from Wigtown Primary said afterwards:

‘Today’s workshop with David Harmer was very good indeed. It was lively, entertaining and focussed well on the story writing theme, with the necessary grammar tips slotted in!’

Thank you very much.