Diary of a Patron of Reading – First Visit

My day began very early. Four in the morning when the earth was still facing away from the sun. I was excited. It was a big day for me. I was getting ready to become the Patron of Reading at West Earlham Junior in Norwich.

I had to take a London bus #47 to reach Liverpool Street Station.

Then I took a train that would whisk me away to the historic city. I was so excited.  Can you tell?







I was nervous because I was following in the footsteps of John Dougherty and he had assured me that the school would love me.

And they did. It was a wonderful school with friendly teachers, enthusiastic children. I had an amazing time during my first visit.

First after a hot cup of tea, I met the children in the assembly. I told them a little bit about myself and we talked about reading, imagining, stories in various forms and lots more. The questions came thick and fast.

The best part was that I got to visit every class and talk to the children about books, reading and stories. In Year 3, I told them stories from my books and we decided to do a story project where the children would write a story for an Indian mythological animal – the Kamadhenu. Click here to read about it.

In year 4 and 5, we talked about India, the various places in India and even wanted to set an adventure story set there. Some children wanted to develop the plot for a game with choices for the reader. How wonderful would that be?

Then I met Year 6 and read stories from my latest book A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice. The day flew past us in top speed and I hope everyone had fun.

Oh I almost forgot! During the lunch hour, I did something I was terrified of. I recorded a radio interview with some children and Ms Edwards. I was nervous. But the children asked me wonderful questions and I realised it wasn’t so bad after all.

During the assembly, we announced a new school wide project for reading. We are going to spend each term reading about a different country. And the countries would be chosen by the children.

The countries in the running are of course India followed by two of the below. I can’t wait to find out which countries the children have chosen. Which one would you choose?

1. Spain

2. China

3. Germany

4. Ireland

5. Australia






  1. Congrats on your first day at school, Chitra! The Earlham children and staff sound like a bright and enthusiastic bunch who you’ll have a great time with. Mr Biddle will support you so eell, too.

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