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

  • Performed Readings/Storytelling/Poetry

  • Question and Answer sessions

  • Book Signings

 

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?

 

An Author’s Adventure – an inspirational session for young writers… and readers; plotting the path of an author (spoiler alert: me!) from early days as a girl who loved stories right through to proper publication…and beyond…full of top tips and trade secrets!

 

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.

 

…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

 "Everyone I spoke to today said they had really been inspired by you."

Alex Betteridge-Evans, Teacher, Wick Primary School

“Thank you so much for your virtual visit to our class.  The kids were thrilled to meet you and it was so nice for them to understand that authors are real people who care that children read and enjoy their books.  To be able to ask a real author questions about their book and the writing process was so valuable…the children really were inspired and many of them began to see themselves as authors.”

 

Lesley Hilditch, Year 3 Teacher, Pontesbury Primary School 

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