πŸ’ πŸ˜ƒ Spring Is Just Around The Corner! πŸ˜ƒ πŸ’

My goodness me! Everywhere I look, where I live in the wonderful county of Wiltshire, are signs and smells that Spring is just around the corner! It’s such an uplifting and exciting feeling! In and amongst the various things that I have been up to this past week, I happened to stumble across this piece of prose about the early signs of Spring, written by Howard Evans. I thought it was rather lovely, so here it is.

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Now, talking of ‘uplifting and exciting’ (as mentioned above), I think that would definitely describe last week for my Whimsy Wood Series and I. Last week happened to be Book Week, which reached its zenith last Thursday when it was World Book Day.

We had a stupendous week visiting Ayschoughfee Hall Primary School in Lincolnshire on the Monday, Easton Royal Academy in Wiltshire on Wednesday and OLOPS Catholic Primary School in Nottingham on Thursday. I delivered assemblies, woodland-related literacy activities and creative writing workshops to these schools’ pupils and we certainly had a blast!

My highlight would have to be the 2 creative writing workshops that I delivered on World Book Day, to the OLOPS Catholic Primary School children. I had never run a workshop for 60 KS2 children before and I was a little apprehensive about the number, but actually it went brilliantly! Once their school afternoon was finished, all 120 of their KS2 children had taken part in a Whimsy Wood creative writing workshop! Hurray!

In other Whimsy Wood news, a rather delightful plant is in bloom along ‘Snapdragon Stream’, that runs peacefully across the top right hand corner of Whimsy Wood. This intriguing plant in question is called the Butterbur (makes me think of Hogwarts!) and is beautiful when in flower :-

The Blooming Butterbur Goreing Alongside 'Snapdragon Stream'! πŸ˜ƒ
The Blooming Butterbur Growing Alongside ‘Snapdragon Stream’! πŸ˜ƒ

‘Florence Fox’ spotted it’s pretty pink flowers first and she reported this development to ‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’, who runs ‘The Woodland Store’. Mrs Scarlet was delighted to hear the news, as she likes to use its leaves to wrap up the store’s special acorn butter and its flowers make a charming cordial, which she sells in The Woodland Store.

On that note, I’m going to make myself a cuppa and crack on with the preparations for the 2 school visits my ‘Whimsy Wood’ team and I have this week.

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical week!

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

✨ πŸ“š πŸ˜ƒ It’s Nearly Book Week ! πŸ˜ƒ πŸ“š βœ¨

Book week is nearly here and I for one am very excited! It starts this coming Monday (February the 29th to be precise), with World Book Day being on Thursday March the 3rd. As a children’s author, this is one of the busiest times of the year, especially on the school visits front. 😊

Books, Books, Books Galore!

This year, I have been fortunate enough to be invited to Ayscoughfee Hall School in Spalding, Lincolnshire; Easton Royal Academy in Easton Royal, Wiltshire; OLOPS Catholic Primary Academy in Bulwell, Nottingham; Townsend Barn Nursery in Poulshot, Wiltshire and Hamp Academy in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Visiting Author Chair! πŸ˜ƒ
Visiting Author Chair! πŸ˜ƒ

I’m really looking forward to visiting all these primary schools, meeting the children, running creative writing workshops, engaging with my audience and hopefully igniting some imaginations! I hope they enjoy some of the whimsical fun I have planned for them! πŸ˜ƒ

In other ‘Whimsy Wood’ news, it’s only 3 weeks now until book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ is launched! Its official release date is Saturday March the 19th and it will be available in all good book shops and online retailers. Please do ask your local book shop to order a copy for you, as it’s great to support local independent book shops. Thank you. 😊

Front Cover Of 'Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks'
Front Cover Of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’

Well that’s all from me for this week. I hope to have some exciting stories of my Book Week school visits for you next week!

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical weekend,

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

 

Awesome Author School Visits!

It’s been one eventful, whimsical week for all of us here at the ‘Whimsy Wood Series’ headquarters! We’ve received not just 1, no, not even 2, but 3! Yes 3, invitations to visit primary schools in the next few weeks! Phew! That’s just too exciting for me, ‘Posie Pixie’, ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ and the rest of the ‘Whimsy Wood’ folk!

My next author visit will be to Knebworth Primary School in Hertfordshire on June the 9th. The 2nd visit is to St.Thomas’s Primary School in Boston, Lincolnshire on June the 29th. Finally, my 3rd visit is to Nursteed Primary School in Devizes on July the 8th. I absolutely love visiting primary schools, engaging with the children and teachers and running woodland-related literacy activities, or creative writing workshops.

I was also fortunate enough be invited back to Urchfont Primary School in Wiltshire this week. I had a wonderful time meeting their lovely KS1 children and staff. They met some whimsical woodland animals that I’d brought with me and I read book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, to them. Finally we had book signings of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series in their library at the end of the day 😊 If you would like a ‘Whimsy Wood’ author visit to your school, please email me on whimsy.pixie76@gmail.com Β thank you.

Interestingly, if your school is in the South West of England, your school can apply for funding for author visits! ‘Literature Works’ have a Grassroots fund for this exact thing and its funding window reopens on May the 26th 2015. Please see the link below for this funding possibility πŸ˜‰

http://www.literatureworks.org.uk/grassroots-fund-window-closing-on-february-15th-2015-until-may-1st-2015/

Now amidst all this excitement, the formatting process for book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, (the final book in the 1st set of my series) is complete! It’s currently winging its beautiful self to the print company as we speak, for its proofing run 😊 Below is a sneak preview at the fabulous front cover of ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, which will be launched in June!

The Fabulous Front Cover Of 'Posie Pixie And The Pancakes'!
The Fabulous Front Cover Of ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’!

On that rather joyous note, I shall wish you a delightful day from all of us ‘Whimsy Wood’ folk 😊

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.