Saturday, 25 November 2017

Some of the classes at Mayfield Primary School in Cambridge had a competition to make their own covers for my book, The Ghost Lord Returns. Here are the top five covers. They're brilliant drawings and all use ideas from the book to create really dramatic covers. Can you guess which one I picked as the winner?

(Click on the covers to make them bigger.)

Monday, 13 November 2017

Last week I had a brilliant visit to Sedgley Park Primary in Manchester. I was given the drawing below by a child in the year 1/2 class.

It's a fantastic drawing of my book, Albert and The Giant Squid! Both me and my illustrator, Jessica, love the amount of detail in the drawing. It brings the giant squid to life really well.

(Click on the drawing to make it bigger.)

Well done and keep up the great drawing!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

I had a brilliant week of school visits at Clifton All Saints, Robert Bloomfield, St Ippolyts and Ramsey Manor. Thank you to all the staff and children for making me feel so welcome. I had lots of fun bringing my books to life with you all.

The year 2s at Ramsey Manor wrote me lovely letters and drew some wonderful pictures. Here are some of my favourites...

Drawings of me:

Drawings of the Blubber Monster and the Giant Squid (characters in my 'Albert' books):

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Better When We Talk

After a summer of writing and other creative fun, I'm looking forward to visiting schools again soon. This term I'll be popping up at schools in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Sussex, Birmingham, Manchester and Cambridgeshire. See some of you very soon! As always, be prepared for lots of audience participation, action-packed drama and laugh-out-loud fun!

In August I was asked to make the music video for 'Better When We Talk', a lovely song written and performed by Sunbear, in collaboration with my good friends CatHatFiddle.

Give it a watch below!

Saturday, 8 April 2017


When I'm not busy visiting schools, my favourite thing to do is stay with my illustrator, Jessica, and our friends Kieran, Danny and Jo. They have a band called CatHatFiddle and we love making fun videos of their songs.

Here is our latest music video: it's CatHatFiddle's cover of Feeder's 'Shatter'. Watch the first video to see the full music video, then watch the second video to find out how we created the final 'spinning chair' shot. It's super cool seeing it from behind the scenes!


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Do you need to go to University to become an author?

I'm sometimes asked if you have to go to College and University to be an author ... and if you need a degree to write a book (a degree is what you get when you finish University). The answer is no! It is possible for anyone to become a published author. It takes A LOT of practice and hard work, but you don't need a degree to write a book.

When I wrote my first book, Stormy Cliff, I didn't have a degree. In fact, I wrote all 10 of my books when I didn't have a degree. But now ... I do have a degree!

You see, I started University the year after I wrote Stormy Cliff, and I carried on doing it alongside my job as a full-time, school-visiting author. Usually getting a University degree takes 3 years, but because I was doing it as well as my job, it took me 8 years!

Now I have a degree, and today I received the certificate to prove it!

Luke Temple BA Hons ELL (Open)