Carmel School – 8th December 2014

I was invited to Carmel school to speak to grade three, four and five. Entering the school was quite an experience as they asked for my passport and ID card and searched all my belongings. Being a Jewish school security was tight and I had been warned about it by a...

Kennedy School visit – 8th October 2014

My day started off with waiting for year five 5 to gather in the auditorium. A wonderful teacher, (I forget her name), came onto the stage and through a sequence of actions she got the whole audience participating and at the end we had a very calm and attentive group...

Ho Chi Minh city – Saigon

As we drove from the airport to the hotel the impression I got was that Vietnam was similar to Thailand. Many people on motorbikes, low rise buildings and shops by the street. What we saw and heard in our first day in the city was heart wrenching. Our guide Sa was...

Mekong Delta Vietnam

It was our last day in Ho Chi Minh city and the choice was either to lounge by the pool or have a day trip to Mekong Delta, the rice bowl of Vietnam. We chose the latter and embarked on an hour and a half journey to our destination. We were lucky to have Sa as our...

Read two adult reviews of The Boat Race

I have read your book. It is an interesting book and I could learn some facts and information about the animals , birds, local inhabitants and also the flora and fauna. Though it is a story book, the children will learn a lot about Kenya. They should include such...

Tormead School, Surrey, UK, 3rd July 2014

       http://www.tormeadschool.org.uk/ On a very hot afternoon, it was good to discover that the cool music room had been the venue set aside for my talk to Year 3 and year 4. Having talked at a boys school the previous day it was amusing to see the hall fill up with...

Cranmore School, Surrey, UK 2nd July 2014

  Visiting Cranmore school with my third book was an extra special moment for me because this is where THE BOAT RACE started. Mrs Trumble the school librarian, Rohit’s class teacher and a good friend had once said to me – it is time you wrote a boy’s...