What I’ve been up to

The Big Read – Parkers Piece

Sat 6th July 2019. A lovely time reading books as part of the Big Festival, alongside with lots of fabulous local authors…Toni Rogers from Cambridge Forest Schools reading Whittling Away, and Zanna and the Something.

Zanna visits Finchingfield CofE primary school

2nd July 2019. Fantastic afternoon with a lovely KS1 class working on “the elephant in the room” with Zanna and the Something.

“Fantastic school visit this week from @nitalehmann1! The kids absolutely loved it and the first question they asked was whether she could come back tomorrow! Thank you so much!!” (Catherine Emmett, parent)

Cambridgeshire Education Festival: 15th June 2019

Really, really enjoyed a day of Forest school action at the Cambridgeshire Education Festival, flamingo-themed, and run by the wonderful Rae Snape.

Here a link to the fantastic YouTube video which sums up this amazing event – I was lucky enough to do attend the whittling workshop with Cambridge Forest schools, and do the fireside storytelling…which, of course, was Whittling Away

25th May 2019: Launch of Zanna and the Something

Festival du livre jeunesse, Yverdon-les-Bains

27th April 2019: at Cambridgeshire Forest School conference, because WHITTLING AWAY IS HERE

Whittling Away is the story of two pixies trying to whittle – more than “just”a story, Whittling Away is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in learning to whittle with their child, but is not quite sure how to go about teaching working with a whittling knife…

1-4.APRIL: Bologna Book Fair!

A fantastic time at Bologna book fair, discovering and re-discovering the world of children’s books, and announcing the winner of the illustration competition around my picture book SLOBBER SLOBBER KISS KISS with Swiss publisher Helvetiq (nominated for Swiss publisher of the year 2019 btw. :-)).

25th-30th March 2019: FESTIVAL HISTOIRE ET CITÉ, Geneva

A fun week of running daily school visits around the theme of WATER for the Festival Histoire et Cité in Geneva, exploring the history of Lake Geneva, and the history of the Jet d’Eau in a series of school visits with primary school children – and a family workshop at the end of the week. Thank you, Festival Histoire et Cité, for having me. What a great adventure.


7th March 2019 – it’s World Book Day again!

World Book Day 2019 - RNIB - See differently

Celebrating a full day’s worth of World Book Day at Springmead Primary in Welwyn Garden City, with the wonderful Camilla Chester doing all of KS2, and me doing all of KS1, plus assembly at the end. The theme of World Book Day this year was: “Share a Story”, so we shared stories about the angry creatures the children had created during their session.


9th February: Meet your Local Children’s Authors at the Library

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I organised this event. Local authors and illustrators invaded Cambridge Central Library for an hour – which included story-telling, activities, author speed-dating (for the older children),  raffling away our books, and rising funds for Cambridgeshire libraries, of course!

With Cambridgeshire Libraries and SCBWI Central East.


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24th January 2019:  Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva:

pilot workshops about the watery history of Geneva! My takes on the Creation of Lake Geneva and Jet d’eau had their first outing. And here a picture of Geneva, because it’s so beautiful.


November 2018: Mass Book Launch…

…at wonderful SCBWI BI Conference in Winchester. 🙂

29th June 2018: Queen Emma School, Cambridge

A fabulous time talking anger, and making a total of 60 angry creatures out of salt dough with two Y1 classes. As an example, here an angry snail, an angry volcano, an angry tiger. This is what Teaching Assistant Christina Cameron said about the event: ‘Anita’s visit was excellent. She was full of enthusiasm, and had the children in the palm of her hand. They loved using their imaginations to think constructively about feeling angry, and that afternoon they invented a game based on her story.’


30th May 2018: – Cambridge Library
in collaboration with the Alliance Française

What a wonderful time running a French/English bilingual reading and workshop around The Red Hot Fireball at Cambridge Library – in collaboration with Virginie from the Alliance Française.


19th March 2018 – St.Matthew’s Nursery school visit

A lovely morning exploring anger with St.Matthew’s Nursery school, Cambridge, and creating little fire breathing dragons to take home.

Here some quotes by the kids, when asked what they felt in their bodies when they get angry:

“When I feel angry, I get all sweaty.”

“When I feel angry, I want to punch someone.”

“I feel hot.”

1st March 2018 – WORLD BOOK DAY with Kings Street Nursery, Cambridge

We celebrated world book daywith the Red Hot Fireball at Kings Street Nursery, Cambridge.



20th January 2018

Presenting my new book, The Red Hot Fireball at a Geneva Writers Group workshop, at the Press Club, Geneva.


2nd December 2017: Book Launch!

The Red Hot Fireball blasts into the world at the Launch Party at the FNAC in Neuchâtel, Switzerland!