Patron of Reading

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Please see below for a selection of details and newspaper articles relating to some recent visits to schools

19/07/18 – Young Writers always inspire me. Yesterday, at the Pershore High activities day, was no different as two groups of year 8s created stories re: ‘My Inspiration’. It is the theme of the Rotary Young Writers Competition and, after discussing our thoughts, we headed outside to find our inspiration in the places we least expected. Myself and English teacher, Nick Spice, were amazed at their fantasticness!

Rotary Young Writer competition poster

25/06/18 – A day in the Patron of Reading role at Blessed Edward Oldcorne that involved initiating students in a Summer Writing Project. On the theme of rivers, mountains and forests, we headed outside to add authenticity, discussed different perspectives, considered aspects of plotting and spoke about 360 degree perspective. I’m looking forward to reading their work!

Summer Writing Project 

21/05/18 – The Living Library at Blessed Edward Oldcorne is always a fantastic event. Thank you Linda Bromyard for inviting us. The students were, as always, the stars!

Living Library

27/04/18 – An amazing day at Blessed Edward Oldcorne, that included two talks to year 7’s, judging the Bedroom in a Box competition, and finally, sorting the school’s entries for the Worcs Lit Fest, Young Writers competition, 18 in all.

Worcester News Article

19/03/18 – Great day at Pershore High School, where a group of yr10 & y11 boys created a story out of a hat. Ribbity Ribbon, football coach, gambler, raver, spoon player, his Jewellery heist thwarted by Korean mafia, goes onto win the Champions league. FANTASTIC STUFF!!

 08/03/18 – It was ‘Kings and Queens’ day at Blessed Edward Oldcorne. 2 x sessions with 15 students, with each student creating a story for the upcoming Worcester Litfest Young Writers’ Competition. Really looking forward to reading these!

 01/03/18 – Well, the Beast from the East scuppered a few World Book Day plans and revisits to Pershore High School and Blessed Edward Oldcorne have now been rearranged. Fortunately, I did get the chance to go to Christopher Whitehead School to talk about reluctant reading and my YA novel, Jimmy Cricket   

29/02/18 – Lovely article by Black Pear Press – Thank you!  I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to do this.

Kevin in the News

11/01/18  – Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the prize giving for the Rotary Young Writers Competition at Pershore High, but I’ve since read the four winning stories. Dark stuff but extremely compelling. One of them has since won the District Competition too! Good for them all!

17/11/17 – Didn’t they do well! The students of Blessed Edward Oldcorne that is! 5th and 8th in the regional finals of the Worldwide, KidsLitQuiz in Butts Arena, Coventry. Brilliant Performance! For more info – please see the Patron of Reading site

13/11/17 – Second visit to Pershore High School to follow one on 03/11/17. Some fantastic ideas from the young people with reference to the ‘A Different Perspective’ themed, Rotary Young Writers Competition! Looking forward to reading the entries!

12/10/17 & 6/11/17 – two visits to Blessed Edward Oldcorne to help judge and present certificates for the acrostic poem competition. Some difficult, decisions made

29/09/17 – First visit of the year to Blessed Edward Oldcorne. For more details, please see the Patron of Reading site


20/07/17 – Lovely day at Pershore High School. A presentation at morning assembly about ‘what I write and why?’ was followed by in-school activities. This included a session in which a group of students each wrote a story / began a story, based on the idea of receiving a sealed envelope and deciding what was inside & who they’d received it from. Some amazing ideas!

Newspaper article about a Visit to Blessed Edward Oldcorne, May 2017

Newspaper article about a Visit to Blessed Edward Oldcorne, November 2016

I  was also lucky enough to be involved with the living library at Blessed Edward Oldcorne on 16th May 2016. Groups of 4 or 5 young people spoke to a number of local authors for 10 minutes at a time about one another’s writing hopes, dreams and ambitions

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On 28th Jan, 2016, I  visited Malvern Wells Primary School. Incredibly, they’ve been using my book The Roman Citizens from Class 6B as a bit of a resource. Below is an English Working Wall with extracts from the book, a sketch kindly donated by Maya Goodger, aged 8 (!) and me in a big, Roman hat.  We discussed potential extra characters along with changes to the story.  I wish I’d met them before I’d written the story now, it would have been SO much better!

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A report written by one of the teachers at Malvern Wells can be found by clicking Testimonial

In December 2016, I visited Westacre Middle School in Droitwich. Using random items chosen from a bag, the students created two stories as below i.e. Wasarama and Frankie & The Witch (both attached as pdfs along with some of their notes). It took them about and hour and a half to create each story – they were amazing

Wasarama – Story – 27th Dec
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                  Frankie & The Witch – Story – 27th Dec







In November, 2015, the wonderful Mrs Bromyard, allowed me to visit Blessed Edward, Oldcorne and speak with some incredibly engaging and fantastic  Year 7 boys. Together we talked about how sport can have such a positive influence, which is also the theme of my Young Adult novel, Jimmy Cricket. We spoke about this too!!

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In May, 2015, it was the living library again. Listening to young people’s ideas is always truly inspiring and this day was no different!