On Monday 4th October, retired teacher and published author Bryan Cross attended the Books and Bakes Book Club at Grays Road Institute to talk about his first published book “Quit While You’re A-Head” which shares tales of his time as a teacher in Teesside.

Oscar listening intently with the group as Bryan talks

After being welcomed by our four-paw welcoming committee, Bryan spoke at length about his time as a teacher going right back to where it all started. He shared funny stories  of some of his experiences with his students. He spoke about experiences with parents. Bryan shared his own poems and popular poems such as the Teacher’s Prayer.

Multi-talented Bryan, who is also a member of a local ukulele group, also performed songs he had written over lockdown accompanied by his ukulele. His songs included one specifically written about the Covid vaccination!

Some attendees found they had contacts in common with the author from their time working in academic environments and there were many nod-along stories that the group could relate to.

Bryan Cross with the Books and Bakes group

At the end of the session, Bryan signed copies of his first book as a gift to the attendees from HIHA CIC and spent time talking 1:1 with people in the group. We hope to have Bryan back in the future to talk about his second book in the series.

Next time we meet for Books and Bakes we will be discussing A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd.

This session was made possible thanks to the National Lottery Local Connections Fund.


Lynne Amos · October 6, 2021 at 8:27 am

What a lovely afternoon spent listening to the amusing tales from a former teacher/headmaster. All the more interesting as he taught in local schools.
Teaching styles may have changed over the years but I’m certain there’ll always be parents and pupils that provide material for similar stories.

    Joyce Beadnall · October 6, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Bryan’s talk was very entertaining and interesting.
    He obviously has so many fond memories of his teaching career. I found his relaxed, easy style and quick humour very easy and enjoyable to listen to.

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