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Now seen on TV! In New Zealand!

Leo is now on TV in New Zealand! A quick Facebook request for a copy of Leo’s Ladder from a lady there made my day. How lucky we were to be featured on the advert for Stannah. One day I hope to see both islands, as I hear how beautiful the country is and how Read More

Leo’s Ladder is on Knutsford Virtual High Street!

Free local delivery of Leo’s Ladder children’s book to ease the lockdown pressures on carers home-schooling in Knutsford and the area! Walk and talk about Leo’s journey next time you head out for fresh air. Read More

Coronavirus Update

In light of the developing Covid-19 situation, I would like to offer home delivery of Leo’s Ladder. Please get in touch for fast delivery  and a home/school pack of activities is included.  £7.99 for local delivery, payable by bank transfer or cash on delivery. Postal charges apply outside of the local area, please get in Read More

As seen on screen!

Leo’s Ladder is featured in a nationwide advertising campaign! The magic of bedtime stories for Stannah Stairlifts. It appears at the very beginning of this advert.   Read More

Knutsford Library Reading Saturday 9 November 11 am

Well the page title says it all really! Ali and I are getting together to read Leo’s Ladder to anyone who shows up at the library on Saturday between 11 am and 12 noon! So if you are heading for the Knit and Natter group  or looking to talk to a PCSO look out! Leo’s Read More

Get in touch for school visits information! Some availability available – please fill in the form below.

We recently visited a school during their inspection from Ofsted. We were noted in their final report: “The curriculum is strengthened by a range of engaging visits, visitors and events. ” And: “Pupils learn about a range of interesting jobs and careers. During the inspection, pupils enjoyed an assembly from a visiting author and illustrator, Read More

I was thrilled to be invited to take part in a video for Knutsford Town Council to talk about literature!

As Leo’s Ladder features scenes of our beautiful town, Knutsford Town Council asked me to talk about the town and it’s literary heritage. What a pleasure to share this with you! Read More

We visit schools and writing groups- please get in touch to book us now!

Please get in touch now for a visit from an author, illustrator or both! We offer a variety of talks and can tailor make a presentation or casual talk for you. Our prices vary in order to ensure that small groups are not priced out.  Please email for more information or a chat. We have Read More

Where to buy your copy of Leo’s Ladder- online with delivery to your home, or in person!

We are pleased to announce that you can now purchase Leo’s Ladder at the Tea Room on King Street in Knutsford, as well as the Heritage Center in Knutsford. Online purchases are through our publisher, Global Wordsmiths. http://globalwords.co.uk/product-category/childrens-books/ A copy of the book is £7.99- plus delivery if needed form our online partners. Please get in Read More

Knutsford Bunny Hop Prize: A copy of our new book Leo’s Ladder

I am pleased to help the wonderful committee who work tirelessly for the family fun event in Knutsford on Saturday 20th April 2019. Children can win a copy of Leo’s Ladder, a book featuring Knutsford scenes. Tweets by KBunnyHop Read More

Colouring page for fun!

Colouring page for Leo’s Ladder. Talking about where Leo and his family search for the ladder’s owner helps develop recall and prepares children for reading independently. Read More

U3A Writers’ Groups Holmes Chapel

Ali Holah, the illustrator beyond compare, and I will be talking to a U3A Writer’s Group in Holmes Chapel on Friday 5 April. The U3A is the University of the Third Age,  a group of retired and semi-retired people in the UK who meet to share and learn from each other. I have friends who Read More

Lexi loved Leo’s Ladder

Thank you Lexi – Age 8 Lexi enjoyed reading our story Leo’s Ladder and felt compelled to write a story herself! George appears in this story about his treehouse that Lexi made up on her own. Read More

Play a game! Snakes and Ladders with Leo

Fabulous illustrator Ali Holah has created this game for you to make and enjoy at home! Please download by adding it to your basket. (Do not worry it is completely FREE.) Enlarge the pictures as required, and cut and past the old fashioned way to play. Leo loves ladders, I bet he plays this game! Read More

Getting Ready for World Book Day!

World Book Day in the UK is coming soon!   Thursday 7th March 2019 When I was teaching in primary schools, the excitement of World Book Day  instilled the love of reading to the children, parents and teachers. I could hear parents talking at the gates about dressing up ideas, and sharing book ideas. Children would Read More

We have a fairy godmother in the shape of Glo!

What a day we had at Mere today!  Thanks go to GLO HOLAH for grabbing us a hot drink and rounding up customers. We couldn’t have done the two markets without her. Glo is a one woman sales machine! One problem we have had with both markets is our location- why are we always surrounded Read More

Wilmslow Guild stocks our book!

I am trying (key word here) to improve my art skills and have been attending Nick’s art class at the Wilmslow Guild for 2 terms now. When I shared my book with Nick, he very kindly showed it to the staff at the Wilmslow Guild They very kindly featured Leo’s Ladder in a news item Read More

9 December Mere & Tabley Community Club Christmas Market

We will be at The Mere & Tabley Community Club Christmas Market 9 December 2018 Chester Road Mere, Knutsford WA16 OPU Read More

Knutty Mums Book Review of Leo’s Ladder

It is rewarding to hear how Leo’s Ladder is being received by the little ones and their parents . Ali and I met with Emily from a local website dedicated to providing information to parents. It is a comprehensive site, that covers holiday activities and events to entertain both parents and children. Knutty Mums creator Read More

1 December 2018 Knutsford Christmas Market inside the Methodist on Princess St.

The lights will be switched on in Knutsford on Saturday 1 December 2018- so please come inside the Methodist Church to get a warm drink and buy your signed copy of Leo’s Ladder. The book features images of Knutsford and will make an excellent gift for any child aged 0-8 years old. £7.99 per copy Read More

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