April 2017, Turkey: Kalkan Children's Festival - Speaking and reading at the festival. You can read more
about this on my blog page: "Wonderful Walk and Festival Talk".
Lucy and me on stage.
On the Nomad Walk. Camels lead the way. Read more about this on my blog page -
'Wonderful Walk and Festival Talk'.
The men dancing...
Camel and baby camel!
Such a lovely costume. Look at her feet - and the pistol in her belt!
Opening the new school library at Ravenor Primary School.
Being interviewed foir school radio at Belmont Castle Academy, Dec, 2016.
Giving a prize at Belmont Castle....
Some pics of fabulous displays at Belmont Castle Academy - well done Belmont! Thank you!
On stage at Belmont Castle Academy...
Having a natter with Jacqueline Wilson at the Hay Book Festival, May, 2016.
Love the ears! Two of my grandchildren in their school Christmas play. Sam is the one with big
ears and rosy cheeks. Next to him is his brother, Ben.
These two youngsters are interviewing me during a READ FOIR MY SCHOOL competition.
Do you like good food? This is a typical Turkish breakfast. Isn't it wonderful? Look at all those
gorgeous colours! And the food tastes fantastic. We love going to Turkey. The people are very
kind and have a great sense of humour. They also make some of the best food in the world!
This is Jeeves, looking pretty smart and sitting on my work sheets.
Oh boy! Fix your peepers on this! This photograph was taken a long time ago. I think it was about 1969.
This me, while I was at university. We all had long hair in those days. I was still growing mine. It looks like I've got an upside down crow's nest on my head. I don't know who the man is next to me but I don't think he likes me!
This is Steven Butler, author of the Dennis the Menace Diaries.
He dressed up like this for Wiorld Book Day!
Funnily enough, more than 20 yeasr agom, when I was a
headteacher, Steven was a pupil at my school!
Below you can see me with the great Jonathan Stroud. He writes scary stories. Helppppp!
This is Xavier. He went to school on World Book Day dressed as Cartoon Kid.
Whoopee! Well done, Xavier, I'm proud of you (and Cartoon Kid)!
Here we are in Lugano. I am with the librarian at TASIS, Alyssa and her two children.
Look carefully between the hills to the end of the lake and you
can see some mountains with snow on their peaks. Lovely!
Here is a view of the lovely town of Lugano and the lake. I wanted to stay forever!
Celebrating publishing one hundred books. On the left is Ben Horslen, my editor and on the right is the MD of Penguiin Random House, Francesca Dow. The picture is by Nick Sharratt.
Here's the cake we had, and some of the team from Puffin. I bet you didn't realise how many people work on a book in order to get it published!
Visiting a London School
More siily stuff in London, March, 2014
Everyone dressed up as characters from the books at this school. I loved this girl's front and back costume for My Brother's Famous bottom!
February, 2014. I visited St George's International School in Luxembourg. These two brave teachers had dressed up as Gory and Tory from the CARTOON KID series.
Ukraine, September 2013. My wife, Gillie and I were invited out to the Ukraine to speak to children and parents there. We had an amazing visit. The people out there were so kind and generous and it was very exciting. We almost got mobbed!
Still in the Ukraine. Pictured here are, from left to right, Viktor (who translated my books into Ukrainian) and Roman, technical director (I think!) for my Ukrainian publisher, Old Lion Press. Roman made the whole visit possible.
These are some of my Ukrainian friends from Old lion Press. Special mention for Katerina, the young woman on the far left. She translated everything I said into Ukrainian and everything said in UKrainian back into English for me! Hard work!
This girl is dressed up as Casper, Cartoon Kid!
These two have come to school as the Indoor Pirates. Note the interesting t-shirts!
Here I am at home with Gillie and good friend, Arthur, who now lives in Australia. He was a member of The Inedible Cheese Sandwich - the band we had while we were at university.
In 2012 I was lucky enough to visit No 10 Downing Street as part of World Book Day events.
Good grief, I look terrible in this photo! Never mind, here I am with Steven Butler, brilliant actor and author of THE WRONG PONG series. Many years ago, when I was a teacher and eventually a headteacher, Steven was a pupil at the school where I was Head. I was astonished and thrilled when I learnt he was writing too!
Two more fancy dress book titles - Beware Killer Tomatoes and Krazy Kow Saves The World - Well, Almost.
Me in pointing mode at a school session.
Gillie and me on holiday. This was taken at the deserted village of Kayakoy in South West Turkey.
These children had come to school wearing very silly hats. We went out into the school grounds and as you can see we got a bit carried away with being daft. I think this was at Aldbrough School near Norwich. They won The Funniest School In Britain competition.
More silly hats!
This school had done great big characters from some of the stories. This classroom had Sennapod from There's A Pharaoh In Our Bath on their classroom door.
I think this was taken in about 2010. I took part in a big author event and ended up reading to children at the London home of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. She is very involved in getting children into reading and was very welcoming.
As you can see, I also met up with Shirley Hughes and Nick Sharratt.
A few years ago I was asked to talk about Vikings by Jorvik Musuem, York. So, here I am with two vikings!
Gillie and I at an art exhibition somewhere or other. If I wasn't writing I think I'd be painting.
(Pictures - not walls and ceilings!)
Remember the classroom with Sennapod on the front door? Here's Mad Iris, in the same school's library!
Oh dear! This is me aged about five!
A chipmunk in a New York State garden, Rhinebeck.
A woodchuck at large. They are pretty common and not at all shy. They're also a big nuisance!
I had to blow this up from a long distance shot so it's gone a bit blurry. This deer was just
standing in a field of tall grass, watching us. We saw several while we were at Rhinebeck, NYS.