25th May 2017
TALBOT HEATH JUNIOR SCHOOL BOURNEMOUTH
A wonderful morning for 'Meet the Author' was held at Talbot Heath Junior School in Talbot Woods, Bournemouth. 71 children attended the session for a reading from Great Grandma-Joins the Circus with some amazing questions being asked afterwards, and a big show of hands from children wanting to order the book!
19th June 2017
YAVNEH PRIMARY SCHOOL LONDON
Almost the hottest day of the year saw 60 children aged between 5 and 9 attend 'Meet the Author' in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. After a short reading (as it was so hot!) from Great-Grandma Joins the Circus some delightful questions were asked, and signed copies were given out to the children who had previously ordered the book.
20th June 2017
KINGSLEIGH PRIMARY SCHOOL BOURNEMOUTH
A sweltering day saw no less than 300 children file into the school hall at Kingsleigh Primary School in Bournemouth! Despite the heat, the children were engaged by an excerpt from Great-Grandma Joins the Circus followed by some thought provoking questions, including "What does it feel like to be an author?" Afterwards a table was set up outside in the shade for those children wanting to buy signed copies of the book.
3rd January 2018
ST MICHAEL'S PRIMARY SCHOOL BOURNEMOUTH
On the first day of the new Spring Term 2018, 660 children attended 'Meet the Author'!!Lois read an excerpt from Great-Grandma Joins the Circus to three reception classes and two Key Stage assemblies! Some brilliant questions were asked in the question and answer sessions afterwards, including "What inspires you to write?" There were definitely some budding authors amongst the 660 children there! Looking forward to going back with a new book in the the 'Great-Grandma Series'!
28th February 2019
CHESELBOURNE VILLAGE SCHOOL DORCHESTER
The first school visit with Great-Grandma and the Camper Van, takes Lois to the heart of the Dorset English countryside near Dorchester.
'Many thanks for your visit Lois. The children enjoyed meeting you and Great-Grandma. Thank you also for your very kind comments about our children here,' writes the Head Teacher.
4th and 5th March 2019
HOLY TRINITY C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL WEYMOUTH
A two day visit to Weymouth covered by the Dorset Echo saw Lois present to no less than twenty two classes ranging from ages 3 to 11! There were inspiring questions across the breadth of this age range, with the children clearly enjoying the interaction from the array of props which support Great-Grandma's and Mincemeat's imaginary world.
At the end of the school day a large queue formed to meet Lois and buy signed copies of the book!
11th March 2019
CONIFERS PRIMARY SCHOOL WEYMOUTH
Another Weymouth visit, this time to Conifers Primary School. The children clearly loved meeting a real author and listening to the first chapter of Great-Grandma and the Camper Van, wanting to know if Lois always wears a tea cosy on her head!
A great Q & A session follows when Lois wears her 'thinking hat' which the children thought very funny!
12th March 2019
CERNE ABBAS C OF E VC FIRST SCHOOL DORCHESTER
'She wore a bright red tea cosy upon her head!'................
Having fun as Lois drinks a cup of tea waiting for all the children to settle down to hear some of the story!
"I wonder where Great-Grandma has got to? She should have been here by now!"
Lois telephones Great-Grandma's cottage in the village of Howdoyoudo. Mincemeat answers, breathless from running up the garden path on hearing the telephone. He explains that Great-Grandma has unexpectedly been called away to look after Aunt Petunia who has fallen ill...............
In the Q & A session there were some impressive questions from several aspiring authors!
14th March 2019
ARCHBISHOP WAKE C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL BLANDFORD FORUM
A full day was thoroughly enjoyed by children from 14 classes ranging from Reception to Year 6 pupils. The Q and A session for Reception produced a beguiling answer when asked what Lois needs to be a good author. "A full stop" came the reply!
Year 6 pupils particularly appreciated the workshop style, with an interactive topic on characterisation supported by poster sized illustrations, effecting great discussion!
'.........Thank you for doing such a fantastic job that will have inspired many of our children here'.....................
.............'It was especially great that the overall theme of her (Lois') writing is based around one of our school values (kindness). The children were able to ask any questions and we all felt extremely inspired.
We would definitely recommend Lois to come and visit your school too!
Thank you Lois, from the children and staff at Archbishop Wake.'
25th March 2019
BROADMAYNE FIRST SCHOOL DORCHESTER
After learning what a tea cosy really is for and that Lois doesn't normally wear it on her head (!) the children loved her 'thinking hat' ready for the Q & A session when many hands shoot up!
Lois' ethos of kindness fits perfectly with the values of Broadmayne First School. The props evoke great interest with all the children eager to look at them, prompting many questions!