Schools

Why Am I Valuable to Your School?

It can be a wonderfully inspiring moment for a child to meet a real life writer. In me, they get to meet not only a writer, but also a poet and a storyteller – three for the price of one! They also get to meet someone who is able to connect with and engage with children from all backgrounds and of all abilities – whether they love literacy more than life itself, or whether they’d rather dive out of the window into a muddy puddle than have to do any writing.

I am unique. I am not a scaleable model, I am not a franchise, I am me, and there is only one of me. When I visit a school, the most common feedback I receive is how much the children have got out of the day – how much fun they’ve had and how I was able to inspire every child that I worked with. My enthusiasm for writing, for poetry and for storytelling is infectious and rubs off on pupils and teachers alike.

I have visited over 200 different primary schools and have been invited back to a huge number of those schools time and time again. Why not try a Conrad day in school? You won’t regret it!

Patron of Reading

I am delighted to have been asked to become the Patron of Reading at four local schools. My job is to raise the profile of reading within the schools and to help children to see that reading is awesome, and not just something that they have to do ‘at school cos Miss said so.’

I visit my schools once every term or two and always have a fantastic time when I do so. To introduce myself to each school I chose a book that I thought each year group would like and sent it to the school, all packaged up. I posted pictures of me on twitter and Facebook outside the post office, and took photos of parts of the front covers of the books, to see if the children could guess which book they were going to get? It certainly caused a great deal of interest around reading and I hope to maintain that level of excitement with more visits and activities in the future.

The schools are…

High Bank School  

Birkenshaw Cof E Primary School

Whitechapel Cof E Primary School 

Scholes Village Primary School

The patron of reading website is…

http://www.patronofreading.co.uk/

Would you like to consider having me as your Patron of Reading? Please get in touch! I’d love to inspire your children to read for pleasure.

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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