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Hannah Russell
Features Writer
9:45 PM 20th May 2018

A Local School Visit

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a local primary school near my home, unfortunately Little Alf doesn’t visit schools as he finds it very hard to be on his best behaviour – but I really enjoy going along and talking all about him.

Every month I visit schools across the UK to talk about life as an author, Little Alf and how I got to where I am today.

I love visiting schools as I always find them so rewarding. It’s great to work with the students and tell them about my personal struggles with writing and spelling, when I was just their age – I’ve never been a great speller, but it’s not stopped me from becoming an author and I love what I do!

Every time I visit schools I always talk about how important it is to enjoy what you do and not to give up on your dreams. The students always seem to find this inspiring which leaves me with a smile on my face.

On Friday I packed up my car and headed on a 20-minute journey to Trinity Academy in Richmond. I was welcomed by the students and felt very at home!

I started the day by talking to the whole school about how I got Little Alf and became an author. I always get a little bit nervous when talking to schools or large groups of people but as soon as I start talking about Alfie I soon feel at ease.

After the talk the students had lots of questions which had to be saved until I visited each classroom later in the day.

The students asked all about Alfie and how long it takes me to write a book. I spoke about the writing process and how my books got published and it was great to learn they had lots of young budding writers and illustrators in their school.

Following the morning sessions, there was a book signing at lunch and postcard signing which I really enjoyed as it was great to meet lots of Little Alf fans.

Before I left the students presented me with thank you cards and a huge thank you poster which is now pinned to my board at home.

On Saturday I sat down in my office and was welcomed by a lovely email from the school thanking me for my visit. They also shared a lovely blog post with me about how they found the day. I was thrilled to hear that the children really enjoyed the visit and had inspired many of them with my personal journey with Little Alf.