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My name is Stephen Pass and I am a writer and school workshop provider who lives with my wife Daniela in Harrogate. I have written two children’s books – ‘Madge the Mermaid’ and the sequel ‘Madge the Mermaid and the Attack of the Twins’ – which is now also published!

Steve with Madge the Mermaid

A former journalist, I now visit schools with a workshop based on ‘Madge the Mermaid’, which has proved very popular. I have visited more than 150 schools, speaking to thousands of pupils. I mainly deliver my workshop to Years 3 and 4, but have spoken to all year groups in the past, from Reception to Year 6.

With the pandemic, I am presently unable to deliver my workshops 'face to face' to schools. Instead, I am offering free online sessions of my workshop to schools via video conferencing software, and I also have a video of my workshop to share. Please see the ‘Online Workshop’ page on this website for more details.

My workshop is aimed at inspiring writing and creativity and can have a beneficial impact on the writing of pupils, especially boys. There are plenty of fun elements, such as my poems, listening to seashells and singing Madge and Alan’s songs so hopefully it proves to be fun and educational for all!

I can be contacted at or telephone 01423 521508 to arrange an online session, or if you have any questions.

I look forward to meeting you and your class online!

Best wishes,