About Me

  • Writer
  • Father of 3
  • Poet
  • Fun
  • Patron of Reading
  • Storyteller
  • Highly respected in schools
  • Professional

The life and times of Conrad


Chapter 1

Back in 1976 when summers were still dry and hot (I know it’s hard to believe – but they were!) I entered the world alongside my identical twin brother early one Saturday morning in a West Yorkshire hospital.

At the age of three I tried to sell our younger brother to the postman (I failed). At the age of four I left home in a bid for freedom on my favourite toy – a plastic, four wheeled, yellow petrol wagon (failed again – I got as far as my local nursery before the police kindly returned me to my frantic mum).

Since then things have calmed down a bit, but what has not calmed down is my passion for stories and writing. As a primary school pupil I wrote stories all the time. High school slightly blunted my enthusiasm, but by the time I’d fled England to go to University in South Africa (this time, a successful bid for freedom!) I was writing wacky poems for friends’ birthdays, special events, and any time I could find an excuse to make up something daft.

After gaining an honours degree in English literature I returned back to Yorkshire and completed an MA in Creative Writing.

 

 

 

Using that as a springboard, I began to work in schools all across the country inspiring children to write. Sharing my stories and poems with children, and inspiring them to believe that they, too, can become writers, is what I do best. It is something that I have been doing for over a decade and something that I believe I will continue to do for the rest of my days.

I have had many and varied jobs – I have sold cameras, measured coal miners for boiler suits, counselled people in nightclubs, and been fired as a silver service waiter for sweating into the mixed veg! I have now found the job that I believe I was made for. I have visited over 200 primary schools, the vast majority of which have invited me back for repeat visits.  I love what I do and so, it seems, do they.

When I look back at the people who have influenced my love of books and writing, I think of people like Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, and my wonderful Year 4 teacher, Mrs Johnson. It is my hope that I can have a similar influence on the children that I meet, inspiring them to believe that they, too, can write creatively. I have written four books of children’s poetry, a picture book, and many short stories which I frequently use in my school workshops.

Contrary to popular belief, I am not fifty, I do not have a beard, and my name is not Colin. I can, however, confirm that I am tall, I do have a big, booming laugh, and I love cricket and lego almost as much as I love books.

About Conrad

Back in 1976 when summers were still dry and hot (I know it’s hard to believe – but they were!) I entered the world alongside my identical twin brother early one Saturday morning in a West Yorkshire hospital.

At the age of three I tried to sell our younger brother to the postman (I failed). At the age of four I left home in a bid for freedom on my favourite toy – a plastic, four wheeled, yellow petrol wagon (failed again – I got as far as my local nursery before the police kindly returned me to my frantic mum).

Since then things have calmed down a bit, but what has not calmed down is my passion for stories and writing. As a primary school pupil I wrote stories all the time. High school slightly blunted my enthusiasm, but by the time I’d fled England to go to University in South Africa (this time, a successful bid for freedom!) I was writing wacky poems for friends’ birthdays, special events, and any time I could find an excuse to make up something daft.

After gaining an honours degree in English literature I returned back to Yorkshire and completed an MA in Creative Writing.

 

 

 

Using that as a springboard, I began to work in schools all across the country inspiring children to write. Sharing my stories and poems with children, and inspiring them to believe that they, too, can become writers, is what I do best. It is something that I have been doing for over a decade and something that I believe I will continue to do for the rest of my days.

I have had many and varied jobs – I have sold cameras, measured coal miners for boiler suits, counselled people in nightclubs, and been fired as a silver service waiter for sweating into the mixed veg! I have now found the job that I believe I was made for. I have visited over 200 primary schools, the vast majority of which have invited me back for repeat visits.  I love what I do and so, it seems, do they.

When I look back at the people who have influenced my love of books and writing, I think of people like Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, and my wonderful Year 4 teacher, Mrs Johnson. It is my hope that I can have a similar influence on the children that I meet, inspiring them to believe that they, too, can write creatively. I have written four books of children’s poetry, a picture book, and many short stories which I frequently use in my school workshops.

Contrary to popular belief, I am not fifty, I do not have a beard, and my name is not Colin. I can, however, confirm that I am tall, I do have a big, booming laugh, and I love cricket and lego almost as much as I love books.

What makes me different?

    • Fun and engaging
    • Over 10 years’ experience
    • DBS certified
    • Nursery – Year 6
    • Poet, Storyteller and Writer
    • Teacher trainer
    • Visited over 200 schools

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Written by my friend, Peter Robinson, for my birthday today. It's flipping brilliant! ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm at Castleford Library waiting to do a storytelling workshop. The three crowd members so far are rather familiar😀.

I ran some workshops here last summer. One of the boys who came was called Peter. He attended as part of his Children's University course where he had to do 1000 hours. At the end he'd to pick his favourite moment.

He picked my workshop. How special do I feel?!
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Facebook keeps reminding me of our 40th last year. In light of that, plus the fact that I have a poetry book to write by the end of the month, here's a poem about mi twin bruv, Phil.

My identical twin

I'm his twin and he's my twin
And when I lose it means he wins
And when he wins it means I lose
And we both have the same sized shoes

I'm his twin and he's my twin
My face is round his face is thin
My waist is big his waist is small
We're both six and a bit feet tall

I'm his twin and he's my twin
On stage he's shy on stage I sing
He writes with left I write with right
At maths we've always both been bright

I'm his twin and he's my twin
Our brother's Ol our mum is Lynne
In photos taken years ago
Which twin is which? Nobody knows

I'm his twin and he's my twin
I'm like his yang and he's my yin
I know his thoughts he knows mine too
We're miles apart yet stick like glue

I'm his twin and he's my twin
It's really quite a glorious thing
For 40 years we've been this way
I wouldn't change a single day

(Except the day he broke a snooker cue on my back...)
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Mabel keeps telling me about the 'turtle on my knee' in the song Attention. I couldn't believe that was right, but she assured me it was. I've just looked it up - 'throwin' that dirt all on my name' isn't nearly as good as Mabel's invention 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out Wakefield Libraries getting in on the rhymes! Good work 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

You know that you'll have a great time With story and rhythm and rhyme, When Conrad is here- He's due to appear on the stroke of the two o'clock chime! Conrad Burdekin! enjoy a great afternoon of fun with words.

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