I used to be a primary school teacher in London and while I was teaching there I used to get up very early in the morning and write stories. One of those stories is now a book called Boy in the Tower.

I’m still writing stories and though sadly I don’t teach now, I still visit schools … only now they’re all over the country. If you would like me to come to your school, please get in touch with my event organisers.



  1. Polly Ho Yen! I met you on the 8th of March 2017! You came to Leicester tigers to see us! you are so awesome!

  2. Hey polly, I have finished my front cover for my first book you asked year 7s to make. My plan is to be like you, an author for anything. If you have an idea for my 2nd book, please let me know 😊.

  3. Wolf and Eagle classes (year 6) at Downsbrook Primary school in Worthing have selected you as their author of the week for World Book Day! They are loving Boy in the Tower and would love a shout out from you!

  4. Hi Polly,

    I found your book , “Boy in the Tower” very interesting.
    However, what is the inspiration around Nigerian names(characters) used in the book?
    Have you lived in Nigeria or do you have them as acquaintances?
    I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you sometime soon.

    Many thanks,
    Hannah Olu-Awoniyi

    1. Thanks for getting in touch! I met many Nigerians when I was working and living in South London and they inspired the characters you meet in ‘Boy in the Tower’. There’s a big Nigerian community in Camberwell and so many of the students that I was teaching were from Nigerian families. I particularly liked the name Olu in fact – and the young student I knew whose name it was!

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