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Children visiting Rochford Library during October half term created this wonderful Granny Mutton Scarf collage.
A-Scarf-and-a-Half-Cover A Scarf and a Half was picked for The Reading Agency’s summer reading challenge 2015.The theme was record breakers and Granny’s scarf certainly fitted the bill. The summer reading challenge aims to get three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills. Every time children finish a book they receive stickers and rewards. For more details see Record-Breakers-LogoThe-Reading-Agency
Here I am with the 13ft long scarf I knitted on behalf of Granny Mutton.  Amanda with her scarf and a half



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Kick off World Book Week with story time, crafts and book signing at Rayleigh Library 10am to 12noon.


Come and join in the launch of A Knit and a Knot at The Book Nut, Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay.



Come and join me at Chicken and Frog bookshop, Brentwood to round off World Book Day week with story time and craft activities. To book your free place go to




I will be taking Granny Mutton off to a real farm soon as part of Books Are My Bag celebrations.

Authors, publishers and bookshops nationwide join forces on Saturday October 10 to celebrate independent bookshops.

I will be at the Nutshell Studios, Barleylands Farm Village, Billericay for readings, book signing and youngsters can learn to knit thanks to the nearby craft arena.











6 June 2015 A Box of Socks book launch at Waterstones, Southend – 1pm to 3pm.  Waterstones-Southend-Poster
20 June 2015 The Forum Southend. Starts 2pm. Wear your craziest socks for this event featuring story time fun and craft. Tickets from the library or  Southend-Library-Poster
27 June 2015 Children’s sessions based on A Scarf and a Half and A Box of Socks. For ticket details see Felixstowe-Scarf-Poster

23 July 2015
Maldon Library – A Scarf and a Half story time and colouring activities 2pm – part of the summer reading challenge.

Previous Events

Chicken and Frog Bookshop for World Book Day 2016

I was given a warm welcome by Jim and Natasha Radford at the Chicken and Frog Bookshop, Brentwood which was one of the brightest and most cheerful bookshops I have visited. It was crammed with a wonderful selection of books -all for children. Bliss! I read the first two Granny Mutton yarns and then we did some sheep related crafts. For more pictures see

Chicken and Frog bookshop

Blenheim School pupils enjoy scarf fun

I visited Blenheim Primary School where the children had great fun unrolling Granny Mutton’s 13ft long scarf and finding out about sheep and wool.

I also saw their amazing new library which fundraisers had spent a long time working towards. It was packed with hundreds of lovely new books.

Blenheim School visit