Category Archives: Alex Milway

Party Animals!

To celebrate the end of their Adopt-An-Author project, Gecko class had a party with Alex Milway!

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The party was a great success. Some of the class came dressed up as Harold or Pigsticks, and two boys even made their own super fan t-shirts!

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Alex did a reading from his book, some brilliant speedy illustrations of the characters, and even showed one of his animations to the class! Afterwards, the Geckos gobbled down an impressive number of brioches from the buffet, whilst Alex signed books and got the chance to speak to each of the pupils individually. The class also brought in some of their work from the last eight weeks; Alex seemed very impressed!

 

The party ended with a most FABULOUS FLAMINGO DANCE! Some lucky volunteers got to try on these rather amazing wings and show off some dance moves, and the whole class sang along. What a brilliant ending for Benfield Primary’s Adopt-An-Author project!

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Team AAA xx

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The Final Task!

Alex was absolutely chuffed with the characters that the class came up with last week:

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Gecko class were clearly feeling very inspired after seeing Alex’s “Hotel Flamingo” illustrations…they got straight on with the task and came up with some wonderful scenes! Take a look at these! Pigsticks and Harold have so many new friends:

 

And next week…Gecko class and their adopted author Alex will meet for the very first time at a very special party! Maybe Alex will share a few more sneak previews of his new book with them.

Looking forward to it, Geckos!

Team AAA xx

Start Sketching!

Alex was so pleased with Gecko class and their marvellous plasticine models last week. He sent them this lovely letter:

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So their challenge is to create a character of their very own! We really loved seeing some of Alex’s drawings, as he developed the look of a new character for his latest book.

Gecko got off to a great start:

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We spied quite a few Robots in there (with brilliant names like ‘RoBob’ and ‘Freezeabot’) We also really enjoyed seeing some of the characters develop even on a single page – like ‘Fluffy’, for example.

We can’t wait to find out what challenge Alex will set them next time…will these new, original characters turn up again?

Team AAA xx

 

 

Pigs in Plays…and Plasticine!

Gecko class had an INCREDIBLY creative week! Last week, Alex set them the task of developing some script for Pigsticks and Harold. They enjoyed it so much, that they even took it a step further and set themselves an extra challenge! Here is their letter to Alex:

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We were absolutely stunned by their plasticine creations!

Does this make you want to have a go at making 3D versions of the characters? Perhaps you could even make a short animation by taking photographs of the plasticine models and using Gecko class’ wonderful scripts!

We’re so looking forward to reading Alex’s reply; we’re sure he’s going to be as blown away as we were.

Team AAA x

Celebrity Pigs!

Last week, Alex set Gecko class the task of drawing Pigsticks as a celebrity or famous historical figure. Just look at what they came up with! We love the clever piggy names too… “Pigiana Grande” and “Hugh Pigman” are just two of our favourites!

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They also sent Alex a wonderful letter, with a few ‘eye spy’ challenges for him to find in their artwork!

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Alex wrote back, with some sneaky hints about how Harold & Pigsticks’ friendship might develop in Book 2! He also set them a brand new task:

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Adopt An Author Team: Pigsticks & Harold! Have you heard about the new challenge for Gecko class?!

Pigsticks: I can’t wait to read them, my friend! Pigs are brilliant in plays.

Harold: Are you sure hamsters are good at acting, though?

Pigsticks: Definitely, Harold. There’s even a style of acting called ‘hamming’!

Adopt An Author Team: Good luck, Gecko class!

 

Team AAA xx

 

 

 

A Horde of Harolds!

Last week, Alex set Gecko class the challenge of drawing Harold the hamster.  Did you know that ‘horde’ is the special word for describing a group of hamsters?! There are 28 wonderful Harolds in this horde!

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They also sent a new letter, letting Alex know what else they have been getting up to this week, and wondering if the “Pigsticks and Harold” books are ever translated into other languages!

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Alex sent back this lovely message, congratulating Geckos on their wonderful Harold drawings:

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What a great new challenge! We can’t wait to see which famous people Gecko class will choose to turn into Pigs and Hamsters. Will there be a Dr. Frankenswine? Or a Pablo Pigcasso?!

Good luck, Gecko class!

Team AAA xx

 

 

Pigsticks Pictures!

This week, Gecko class rose to Alex’s challenge. They posted some of their brilliant illustrations to him, along with a few more well-chosen questions! They’ve been roaring through Alex’s book “Pigsticks and Harold & The Incredible Journey”; they’re on page 25 of the book already!

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Here is a small sample of some of the wonderful work they sent to Alex to have a look at:

 

 

One of the class also made their own version of the “How To Draw Pigsticks” sheet that Alex sent last week… let us know if you use this to draw your own Pigsticks!

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Alex replied answering all of their questions, as well as setting a special new challenge for next week:

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If you would like to have a go at drawing Harold the hamster, you can have a look at Alex’s special instructions here!

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I wonder what other kinds of snacks Harold might end up sampling in this drawing challenge!

Can’t wait to see how you get on, Gecko class!

Team AAA xx

 

 

Benfield’s Incredible Journey Begins…

Year Two at Benfield Primary are paired with “Pigsticks and Harold” writer Alex Milway (and reading his latest book “Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey”)

They got started on their own incredible journey this week; Gecko Class kicked things off with this lovely letter to Alex:

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Here’s the photo of Gecko class…all ready to start with their copies of the book! We think you can see the excitement in some of these faces!

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Alex answered all their questions, and set a special task for the Year Twos to try out next week:

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If you want to try the task alongside Gecko class, have a look at Alex’s special Pigsticks sheet here:

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So looking forward to seeing how you get on, Geckos!

Team AAA xx

 

Adopt An Author 2019

FLASH NEWS: Authors are being adopted! Four classes, from four different schools around the city, will once again be adopting authors for the much-anticipated return of the Adopt an Author project!

WELCOME AUTHORS!

 

AND WELCOME SCHOOLS!

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We’re thrilled that Alex Milway will once again be joining us! This year, Year Two at Benfield Primary will be adopting him and his book Pigsticks & Harold and The Incredible Journey! Pigsticks & Harold set off to the Ends of The Earth, armed with only a sense of adventure and cake!

 

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Year Six at Carden Primary will be reading Mold and the Poison Plot, and adopting Lorraine Gregory. Its an exciting, fast paced story about a boy with a big heart and a nose to match!

 

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Over at Brunswick Primary, Year Four will be paired with Jennifer Killick, and tucking in to her book Alex Sparrow & the Really Big Stink. Alex Sparrow is a very funny book,  about a super-agent in training!

 

 

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Patrice Lawrence is being adopted by Year Nine at Cardinal Newman Catholic School– who will be reading her award-winning book Orange Boy, about sixteen year old Marlon, a boy with an impossible choice to make.

 

Running for 15 years by Collected Works as a Brighton Festival project, Adopt an Author is a very special programme promoting literacy and encouraging creative writing and illustrating. Over the course of 10 weeks, children will be corresponding with their paired writers, sharing thoughts on the book and making intriguing discoveries about the creative process. Pupils will be posing questions to the authors such as – ‘do you get tired when you write chapter books?’ and (a favourite from last year) ‘How do you stay looking so young?’

As ever, you can read all the AAA updates here on this blog… so don’t forget to subscribe for weekly updates. We’ll be sharing all the letters between the authors and the classes. Watch this space!

AAA KNOW HOW TO PARTY!!!!

DID ANYONE SAY PARTY?????!!!!!

Yes, yes we did! We’re at the end of the brilliant 2018 Adopt An Author. Carden, Mile Oak, Benfield and Stanford Juniors have all read, written, illustrated and taken care of their adopted author’s superbly, so it is now time to celebrate all the amazing adoptee’s who have worked so hard throughout the project. And what better way than meeting their authors over a bit of cake?!!!

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First up Rose Muddle author Imogen White took Team Carden on a historical journey around Brighton and Hove before a bit of dress-up, performance and a quiz!

FINGERS ON THOSE BUZZERS…..

Team Carden presented Imogen with their very own books they’d worked so hard on creating!

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Huge congrats Carden on an amazing project and well done on your superb books, we are all so impressed!

Next up Harold headed to Brighton……

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Benfield Primary had spent a fun 10 weeks enjoying the company of the loveable Pigsticks and Harold and it was now time to meet their brilliant author Alex Milway.

With tummies full of yummy Pizza Face pizza, lots of live drawing and many lols – this was a party that would always be remembered!

Huge congrats Benfield on a fantastic Adopt an Author, we have loved seeing all your fantastic email exchanges and all the amazing work – the characters you created were superb!!!

 

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Mile Oak had been engrossed in email exchanges with Wild Boy author Rob Lloyd Jones throughout the project and today was the day that they finally got to meet him! And what a wonderful welcome he had!!!

Massive congrats Mile Oak on all your hard work and excellent questions – we love that you enjoyed Wild Boy so much! Rob is delighted too!

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Stanford Juniors welcomed Beetle Boy author M. G. Leonard and her very special guests to the Brighton Dome…. (the clue is in the title of her book…)

Stanford have worked so hard throughout the project, have loved the book and even created their very own special beetles! A BIG BETTLE BRAVO!!!!

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A massive thank you and HOORAY to all 2018 adopted authors. To all the schools involved; the teachers, teaching assistants and parents. A big, big up to Brighton Festival for another fantastic year – thank you!

BUT the BIGGEST CHEER and ROUND OF APPLAUSE is for all the children who worked so hard and created the most fantastic work – we are all so proud of you – you should be too!

Until 2019!

Team AAA xxx