Assembly Mania

Well, what a fortnight… I’ve just finished presenting the last of eleven assemblies in nine local schools here in Ryedale to promote the Malton Literature Festival which is this weekend. It’s been fun thanks to the great response from children and the help from my partner in rhyme, the excellent Becky Ibbotson from Hope Central in Malton. So, thanks to the following primary schools for inviting us along:

Pickering Infants
St Joseph’s Pickering

All in all about 1350 children learned my Cheeky Pete poem (aka ‘What’s your name?’) and joined in lots more rhymes, wordplay and action poetry. Some children also got to do the now infamous Toothpaste Challenge with Becky and we’re sorry if we left a mess.

So, schools of Ryedale, if you’d like a lively fun author and performance poet in your school to bring alive poetry, enthuse the children about books and reading, get them performing and particularly appeal to reluctant boys then contact me via

Quote from a parent following a recent school visit (taken from a school blog):
“We all enjoyed the poetry day – luckily it was my parent shadowing day! Joseph bought the book too. He has laughed out loud reading it and it has even inspired him to write his own poem. Thank you Mrs McMahon for organising a lovely day.”

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