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BBC School News Report Interview

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Hi all

At the invitation of English teacher Mr Green, I recently took my creative writing workshops into Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College.

After a fun day of plotting stories and creating characters with the students, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by budding reporters Holly and Amy, who are taking part in the BBC School News Report project. Holly and Amy came up with some interesting questions and you can hear my responses by clicking on the audio below. Together we covered what my inspirations are for plots and characters, the history of my writing (including comic books), and my new book Jekyll’s Mirror.

You can also visit the school’s BBC report page by clicking this link

Many thanks to Holly, Amy, Mr Green and the school for allowing me to use this clip.

The Scribblers of Kirk Hallam College & The Piano Room

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

At the kind invitation of the wonderful team at World Book Day and brilliant school librarian Miss Bredgaard, I recently visited Kirk Hallam Community Technology & Sports College. It was a blazing hot day, so I thought that providing that trademark Witchfinder tingle of terror might be a bit more of a challenge. I needn’t have worried. With all the children assembled in Kirk Hallam’s terrific library, I began my usual hunt for nefarious witches with a reading from the first Witchfinder book and, as usual, the infamous BOO! moment got everyone in the right mood.


What was particularly brilliant about this school visit was that it coincided with the Scribblers’ annual awards ceremony. The Scribblers is a creative writing club for pupils within the school. During the lunch hour we were treated to brief extracts from the scribblers’ work – a lively, atmospheric and wonderfully varied array of prose and poetry that left me reeling with admiration for these young writers.

Prior to the visit Miss Bredgaard asked if I would present the prize for Best in Show – the piece of writing judged the most accomplished of all the entrants (a very difficult task for the judges, as every entry I heard that day was exceptionally good). Of course, I was honoured to present the prize, but asked if the winning piece could be sent to me before the visit. Now, I was very tired the morning I received Miss Bredgaard’s email. After a delayed flight home from my holiday, I had arrived back in England at 2am and needed to catch up on some sleep. So I opened the email thinking I would just scan the contents and read it more carefully later…