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Do You Remember? comes out!

Cover to Cover launchMy new book, Do You Remember?  was launched in half term week in Oystermouth Library, Mumbles, with the support of Cover to Cover bookshop. It was brilliant to hear everyone’s stories of the first time they did different things – from riding a bike to sleeping in a campervan!

Later in the week, I had lots of fun reading and signing books in Griffin Books, Penarth.

Fantastic Abracazebra wall display by Ruby Class at Braybrook Primary, Peterborough

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I had a wonderful time visiting Braybrook and Woodston primary schools in Peterborough through Pop Up Projects. This beautiful wall picture had been created by Ruby Class (Year 1) at Braybrook primary, bringing Abracazebra to life. The children (and staff!) in both schools had put in a lot of work before my visit, creating invitations to Abraczebra’s magic show and profiles of Goat and Abracazebra. We all had lots of fun on the day, too!

Abracazebra shortlisted!

 

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We’re very happy that Abracazebra has been shortlisted for the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award. The winning book will be voted for by primary and secondary school children, and announced on February 10th 2016.

Watch Abracazebra on CBeebies Bedtime Stories!

Abracazebra_CBeebies_05_11_15Click on the image to watch Aaron McCusker read Abracazebra on CBeebies iPlayer (UK only – sorry!)

Fantastic turnout for Storyopolis workshop: An Adventure at Sea

Adventure at Sea  21_sendAdventure at Sea  09Tom and I had lots of fun leading the first public Storyopolis workshop in Swansea on Saturday 10 October: An Adventure at Sea.

We were joined by over 40 enthusiastic young local story-writers. They all put a huge amount of effort into producing their very own book to take home, complete with illustrations and an “About the Author” feature on the back cover!

The space we used, at the Volcano Theatre premises on Swansea High Street, was perfect for our workshop (we even had a Dalek watching over us!).

Many thanks to Tim Batcup of Storyopolis and Claude Conway of Volcano for organising and facilitating this event…. hopefully the first of many.

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Abracazebra in Ireland

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had a wonderful time meeting Piotr Bujak (shown here with his wife, Laima) in Ireland. Piotr adapted Abracazebra for stage as part of the Abhainn Ri festival in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, this summer. He showed us a video of some highlights from the show, which was performed by adults with learning difficulties. It looked fantastic, and such an achievement for all involved!

Piotr has since established a new theatre company, with our blessing: Abracazebra, Theatre for Everyone

Abracazebra adapted for the stage at Abhainn Ri Festival, Ireland

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Abracazebra has been adapted for stage by Piotr Bujak (as ‘Everybody Needs a Little Magic’) and performed at the Abhainn Ri Festival of inclusion and participation in Callan, Ireland.

This successful production starred performers from Journeyman (young adults with disabilities).

Click on the poster (design by Laima Bujak) to visit the festival webpage and see a short video clip!

Watch Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure on CBeebies! (UK only)

Ruby_Nettleship___the_Ice_Lolly_Adventure___Maggie_Aderin_PocockClick on the image to watch UK space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock read Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure on CBeebies Bedtime Stories (sorry, UK only!)

Make your very own Snatchabook!

read-to-me SnatchabookDana Sheridan of the Cotsen’s Children’s Library at Princeton University has created a fabulous make-your-own Snatchabook that can perch on your shoulder and enjoy a bedtime story with you! Click on the image to follow the link to her Pop Goes the Page art-from-books blog (select the page “Read to Me”)

 

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Abracazebra is coming to town…

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