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By Margaret Bateson-Hill, Apr 10 2017 09:14AM

Moscow - just the name conjures up visions of snow, tall imposing buildings and the great novels of Tolstoy. It didn't disappoint. I had been invited by Cambridge International School to help celebrate their book week. I couldn't have been welcomed by kinder teachers, who went out of their way to look after me, and who had done a fantastic job setting up a carefully planned week of sessions . I told stories and worked with all ages from 3-16/17 from nursery to year 12. We all worked hard! Everyone read books, listened to stories and came up with ideas for stories of our own.

By Margaret Bateson-Hill, Mar 20 2017 08:27PM

A spring poem to celebrate the spring equinox! I wrote this poem last year as part of my 'Author in Residence' sessions at Christ Church Battersea. I remember seeing the first signs of green appearing and thinking it was as though someone had taken a paintbrush and flicked paint around.


Paintbox Spring


Daub bare branches with flecks of lime green,

Speckle woods in violet and mauve.

Paint carpets of flowers in pink and soft lemon,

Splash rivers and streams in pale blues.

Dot dark hills with white woolly lambs.

And stipple the fields green and brown.

Dapple the sky in silver and azure;

- Don’t forget the circle of gold.

Then streak the land with gentle grey rain

And brush in a rainbow of colour.


By Margaret Bateson-Hill 2016

By Margaret Bateson-Hill, Mar 10 2017 05:43PM

Thank you so much to the schools who invited me to be part of their World Book Day celebrations.


Luton Infants, Chatham

Leighton Park School, Reading

The Craylands School, Swanscombe

Belmont Primary, Chiswick


I had great fun telling stories and sharing papercuts and ideas for dragons. In return I received some great dragons.

Take a quick look at the gallery.And by the way if you tell everyone that your circular piece of paper looks like a pancake (It was pancake Tuesday), don't be surprised that when you fold it in half it becomes a semi-pancake! Nice one.



Excelsior's egg hatching in the Alchemist's fire from First Flight
Excelsior's egg hatching in the Alchemist's fire from First Flight
A dragon from The Craylands Primary, Swanscombe
A dragon from The Craylands Primary, Swanscombe



A Purple dragon from The Craylands Primary School
A Purple dragon from The Craylands Primary School

By Margaret Bateson-Hill, Dec 9 2016 05:17PM

I've had a great term of telling Masha and the Firebird to schools, and they in return have rewarded me with poems and drawings and masks. Today I returned to Wimbledon High Juniors to accompany 40 year 2 girls up to Wimbledon Common, so they could leave treasure boxes of their work for the firebird to find - all the time making sure Baba Yaga the witch was not spying on us, so that she could steal the boxes for herself.

It was a glorious afternoon, and the girls wore their brightly decorated firebird masks.

The boxes were carefully hidden and then camaflouaged for extra protection.


We made our way back to school wondering when the firebird would arrive to find his treasure...

Looking for a place to hide the teasure box
Looking for a place to hide the teasure box
Under the tree is a perfect hideaway
Under the tree is a perfect hideaway
Perfectly camflouaged!
Perfectly camflouaged!
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