Children write poems for author

CHILDREN from Hambrook Primary School were inspired to write poems by a visit from an author.

Michael ‘Mac’ Mackriell, who lives in Stapleton, visited the school in July to read some of his own poems to the Year 3 class. 

Year 3 teaching assistant Callie Evans said: “The children in return wrote poems for Mac to listen to and they asked him questions about being a writer.

“A signed copy of his book was given to each child in Year 3, which was kindly purchased by the Lodge of Harmony and Concord Freemasons in Stapleton, as part of their support for the school and the local community.”  

Michael originally started writing stories as birthday or Christmas presents for his grandchildren but has now collected them in a book, called Eleven Quirky Bedtime Stories, the proceeds of which go to disability charity Mencap.

He said: “Having been totally bored by the stories my grandchildren brought home from school, I decided to do better, writing stories that encompassed the wonderful world of children’s imagination, where anything is possible.”

Michael decided to give all of his royalties to Mencap, which provides support and advice and campaigns on behalf of people with learning disabilities, because his late wife worked for many years with disabled children.

The book, which is aimed at three to 11-year-old children, is published by the Choir Press and is available from bigger shops and online sellers, including Amazon, the Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.

Pictured: Year 3 children from Hambrook Primary school with author Michael Mackriell