Reviews are an author’s best friend so please keep posting them to us!
This first review is from a best-selling author who is regularly on Twitter. His name is Steve and his profile is: @S.P.O’Farrell, this was a huge honour as he is another children’s author and he wrote the book SimonLaFray. I have always dreamt of having my book reviewed by a successful author. I was so excited, I designed this promo below:
Remember to turn your sound up!
The second review was from a reader who posted it on www.goodreads.com
Referring to The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden as an instant classic made me run to find some man-sized Kleenex!
I am delighted to announce the winners of Year 6 at John Perryn School!
Remember to turn your sound up to hear the music!
Sarah & Maisie collaborated.
Shuaib & David collaborated.
Congratulations! You never know, one day you may decide that writing is your passion!
Please click on the blue writing to see the certificates and stories:
Written by Arwa
Written by Jinan
Written by Sarah & Maisie
Written by Shuaib & David
The finalist of this competition are:
Zahra & Leila
Written by Alaa – Fox
Written by Ranya
Written by Zahra & Leila
On the 5th April 2021, I was invited to be interviewed on Boomers On Books live YouTube podcast.
If you would like to watch it, please click on the following link: https://youtu.be/jTiSl4IUwPU
Co-host of Boomers On Books, Vince Stephenson (author of the invaluable book ‘The Fear Doctor’) is such a nice chap. He really helps with making one feel calm, relaxed and he asked some really interesting questions. I thoroughly enjoyed this new experience.
I was lucky enough to have my two author friends that I met on Twitter supporting my podcast, namely Joanna Paulson and George Yushasv. Each is a talented, award-winning and best-selling author. They are hugely inspirational and I wholeheartedly recommend seeking out their Twitter profiles.
As you know, I love designing posters to compliment my literary experience and The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden; so discover another below!
I was thrilled to receive this glowing reference. This was my first workshop and I had planned, prepared and practised every waking moment in the days running up to this. Hats off to teachers across the globe, they work so so hard to teach our children.
With children of my own I wanted to create a children’s story with an environmental message that showed how close to home environmental issues are, and that it’s our immediate actions that impact the planet for better or worse. It is these thoughts that led me to write The Tap-Dancing Pigeon of Covent Garden. It’s a story that I hope will inspire future generations but is also a story that is very close to my own experiences living and working in London. I believe that children’s fiction plays a key role in nurturing young minds and in return we create knowledgeable young eco-warriors that will be inspired to protect our planet’s wildlife and safeguard the future of our precious planet!
I have designed this promo below to celebrate the wonderful moment when Pigeon discovers his passion is tap-dancing. I have moments of nostalgia myself. Here a blurb from my book.
Pigeon peered down below and saw small people tap tap tappity tapping with their feet across in a large empty hall in time to the ting, ting, ting-a-ling. Pigeon watched in wonder as they moved gracefully across the floor before disappearing behind a big curtain.
When the dances had finished and Pigeon had eaten his supper, the sun had disappeared. The full moon shone against the darkness of the night and little twinkles appeared in the night sky. It was cold and windy and Pigeon felt alone for the very first time in his life.
In the animation you will see Pigeon discovering his passion for tap-dancing after remembering the feelings he felt from the scene he had experienced the night before. I hope you like it. Press play and imagine how he felt in that very moment.
An invisible force of pure happiness and excitement flowed through him.
I am proud to announce that my children’s book ‘The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden has been selected as a finalist in the category ‘Children’s Fiction’ by IAN Independent Author Network 2020.
I was invited to The Rowens for their Eco Arts Festival. The children made some delightful artworks out of plastic bottle lids.
I had the opportunity to go into all of the classes individually, they were all very sweet. One boy asked how old I was and I said 105 and he looked hugely alarmed. I then responded with “only kidding, how old do you think I am?” and he promptly responded “61?”, and that was that!
I thought the school was lovely and the pupils were polite and enthusiastic. It was a special experience to be part of such an important topic.
Today Pigeon and I drove to Tolworth in Surrey and visited a sweet school called Kings Oak Primary.
I love big halls and this one was huge. Year 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 were in the school assembly. When I gave my memory stick to the I.T person with my pigeon presentation saved and suddenly said the folder was empty. A typical technical hitch. Luckily I had reception in there and managed to quickly email it to him. JUST IN TIME! Phew!
Wow, I was blown a way by these little people. Their enthusiasm was beyond anything I had every imagined. I explained that they were going to be part of Pigeon’s adventure across London and every one of them seemed excited. Ten eager ones came up to the stage and helped me by holding up the sound boards, a very important job.
When I was at school I adored acting and art. It is wonderful how those strengths are now shining through my animation designs and story. When I first started reading my book in a library five months ago, I was completely petrified and my hands would uncontrollably shake. Now I relish big crowds of children watching my every move and listening intently.
This has been a big journey of self discovery for me and I am learning every day at how to become better at my performance. In the beginning I would never have thought I would use drama to express my story. It is a wonderful thing to be able to improvise and with every experience, find new ways to be a storyteller.