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Benfield’s Gecko and Iguana class will be getting to know everything Pigsticks and Harold with author Alex Milway over the next few weeks and we can’t wait to join them on their adventure….


Dear Gecko and Iguana Class!

Alex here, I hope you are all well! It’s so great to be able to talk about Pigsticks and Harold with you. I’ve got loads of great things planned over the coming weeks, but rest assured, by the end of it you’ll  know and awful lot about them!
So, to start with, I thought It would be great to give you a very quick drawing lesson. I intentionally made Harold very simple to draw, mainly because I had to draw him so often. It can get tiring very quickly if you draw comics, and you have to draw someone over and over again!
I’ve attached a guide on how to draw him, so this week I would love you all to have a go. Give him a hat, or dress him up as you like. And if you want to draw him in a landscape or a room, or a setting from the book, that would be brilliant. Don’t hold back! You could even draw a speech bubble and make him say something. What might Harold say?
Most importantly, have fun with him. He looks very good in a tutu.
Thanks everyone,
draw harold

Dear Alex,

We are writing to you from all the Geckos and Iguanas. We are excited to be working with you because this afternoon we read some of your pages and we really like Harold and Pigsticks. Geckos particularly liked the pages with lots of smaller pictures and labels as we could all have a go at reading them. Iguanas were really laughing about the animal who thought he was in the toilet queue! We have all managed to draw Harold…..

And some new creations from Gecko Class  – Harold’s mum, sister and baby!

We love these drawings and especially being introduced to members of Harold’s family!

Check back soon to see what Alex thought of the brilliant drawings and what task he sets next!

Team AAA



We are currently experiencing same level excitement as Charlie Bucket, you know when he peels away the foil from his golden ticket chocolate bar??!! Yes, yes, we are THAT EXCITED….. because we can now reveal the Brighton & Hove primary classes who have successfully ADOPTED THEIR 2018 AUTHOR’S…..




We are absolutely thrilled that Rob Lloyd Jones will be returning to the project to take Year 6 from Mile Oak on a fantastic adventure with his wonderful book Wild Boy.

Next up we welcome Imogen White to the project who will be introducing Carden Primary to Rose Muddle in The Amber Pendent – an exciting magical mystery full of captivating twists and turns…..

Alex Milway brings to Benfield Primary the adventures of Pigsticks, the world’s most optimistic pig, and his sidekick Harold, an over-anxious hamster in his joyous and hilarious story Pigsticks and Harrold.

And finally, M. G. Leonard will be sharing insights into her beautiful and brave Beetle Boy to Year 5 & 6 Stanford Juniors. We can’t wait!

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 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 – ‘what encouraged you to be a writer?’ and ‘if you were stranded on a desert island and only had two historical people for company who would you choose and why?’ – I bet that one’s got you thinking!

Please check back for updates on what is going to be a very exciting Adopt An Author 2018!



New Adventures

Luke, Loen and Tony from Queen’s Park have written to their author, Alex Milway, for some advice on drawing…

Hello Alex,

Your books are amazing. We are all liking the book so far. Please can you  send us some pictures about how to draw Pigsticks. We decided if we wanted to be Pigsticks or Harold and most of us want to be Harold.

We designed places for Harold and Pigsticks to go on their adventures, we had lots of ideas like a dessert island, jungles, space, visiting the Queen and going to the evil Egyptian pyramids. Some of us did tropical islands and thought of how the story might go. Some of us have finished but some of us would like to do some writing about our pictures.

This week we are doing homework to design the front cover for our Adopt-an- Author books. What would you do if you designed your front cover?

Harold’s funny face made us laugh and we thought it was a great picture covering up the whole book pages.

Why do Pigsticks and Harold go on adventures and do they want to travel to the end of the world?

From Luke, Loen and Tony.

Alex Milway replied pretty sharpish and with a new task!

Hello Everyone!

I hope you’re well. I’ve just returned from China, where it is now the year of the goat. Pigsticks and Harold came with me, and they aren’t overly keen on goats, so that wasn’t ideal!
However, it was a wonderful trip, even with the goats everywhere.
To answer your questions, it’s usually Pigsticks who wants to travel to places. He loves trying new things and achieving greatness! Also, as far as covers go, I’m always making them. I’ve attached a work in progress for book three for you to see!
PIG cover 3
Today, I want you to imagine you’re writing a page of a Pigsticks and Harold adventure. I’ve attached not only a “How to draw Pigsticks sheet” but you’ll find a sample page, with a frame at the top.
Once you’ve mastered drawing the pig, I’d like you to have a go at creating a page from a Pigsticks and Harold book.  Draw a scene in that frame, and below it in the space write a bit of the story. This can be a story of your own making!
For example, you could draw Pigsticks and Harold having tea. And then you could write their discussion:
“This is wonderful cake, Harold,” said Pigsticks.
“Battenburg is the best,” said Harold.
“Oh I’m not so sure,” said Pigsticks. “This Fruitcake is quite delightful! I think it’s better.”
Harold was unconvinced.
Something like that!
I hope you have fun doing your page of the book! Speak soon,

 How to draw Pigsticksp&H page frame