Special offer for Empathy Day
To mark Empathy Day I'd like to offer a FREE Reading for Empathy virtual author visit to one school or library
Events for Schools
One of the things I love most about being a children’s author is meeting readers. As a former teacher myself, I’m very happy and comfortable in a school environment and I’m also able to understand what children (and teachers!) need, want and respond to in an author visit. Whether in real life or virtual, I make my sessions as fun, inclusive and interactive as possible – this is reading for pleasure after all!!
What can I offer?
I am able to offer both Real Life Visits (COVID regulations allowing) and Virtual Visits.
Formats could include:
Whole School Assembly
Small Group Presentations
Creative Writing Workshops
Question and Answer sessions
All sessions will be interactive, informative and fun, allowing children to ask questions and get involved.
Although my main readership is probably KS2 I am just as comfortable adapting what I do to suit KS1 and also KS3 students. Just let me know what you need and we can chat about how to make it work.
What themes or topics can I cover?
You could choose from these sessions:
Journey to the Stone Age – I’ll invite your children to step back into the Stone Age as I share some of the weird and wonderful discoveries I made while researching The Wild Way Home. I’ll also chat about the prehistoric world as I imagined it...and the choices I made as an author.
Wild Reading…Wild Writing – An exploration of wonders of the natural world - the animals and wildlife we love to read and write about. What does wildness bring to a story? And how can we make our own stories go wild too?
A Treasure Chest of Stories – an exciting creative writing workshop which will use curious objects and a story-structure framework to inspire your children to make their own stories sparkle.
NEW: Reading for Empathy - an interactive workshop focusing on how books and stories can help us walk in other people's shoes. Based on the valuable work of Empathy Lab UK
…or… chat to me about what YOU need! I’m very flexible, adaptable and open to ideas – there’s no one-size-fits-all! I want all children to come away feeling inspired and excited – that’s the main thing – so I’d be delighted to discuss my visit with you and will endeavour to fit my session to suit your needs.
Please contact me to discuss your school visit and for further information about fees and availability.
"Thank you so much. You engaged all of the children (and adults!!) in your talk and you pitched it at exactly the right level. Some of the children who asked questions were children who had gone through phases of disengagement towards reading and this may be all they need to reignite that spark as well as those who are budding authors. "
Victoria Gallagher, Head Teacher, Invicta Primary School