Favourite book?

This one's difficult! My first thought is the tense To Kill a Mockingbird, but then I really enjoyed Room by Emma Donaghue which was amazingly gripping. At the moment I'm reading Broken Crayons by Nick Davis, a novel about a psychotherapist in Brighton; it's set near to where I live so it's fun to pick out all the places I know.

My favourite books to read as a child were Harry Potter ⚡ (a story about a boy and his magical powers), Artemis Fowl (another story about a boy and his magical powers), and The Wreck of the Zanzibar (not a story about a boy and his magical powers!)

Favourite subject?

Is this a trick question? English of course! 😂 It would have been funny to study English literature and education at university and not to have liked English!

Favourite TV programme?

I love a good comedy. I've been laughing at Frasier since I was at school (not non-stop though that would just be silly! 😃). In English language at college, I wrote a script using the characters and setting of Frasier - my tutor mistakenly thought I had copied an actual episode (thanks, I think, Mrs McGivney!)

Favourite food?

For dinner I love a casserole with dumplings. My mouth waters when I smell that in the oven (I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!) For dessert it's got to be apple crumble with custard. Honourable mentions to fudge, Turkish delight and Twiglets.

Any hobbies?

I love music: I listen to it, I dance to it, and I create it. I enjoy going for walks in the country and taking photos of the beautiful scenery. I also give cooking a good go, practise makes perfect, right?

I took this photo in the countryside near to where I live, I think it almost looks like two different seasons!

A surprising fact about me?

Hmm, a surprising fact... oh how about this one? I rang the bells at Jamie Theakston's wedding! For those old enough to remember, he was the presenter of Live and Kicking with Zoe Ball. I've been a bell-ringer since I was 11 and I jumped at the chance to ring for this one. Especially, as I later found out, his guests included footballer Ian Wright and David Walliams!

A lifelong love of learning is one of the most valuable gifts we can give a child. It sets them up for a successful and fulfilling future.