Schools

I enjoy visiting schools and pre-schools, bringing books to life and encouraging children in their reading and writing. An author visit is also an exciting experience for children – stimulating imagination and providing an opportunity to engage with a professional storyteller. (If a visit isn’t going to be possible, there are ways to help children engage with the books. Please see below).

If you are from a school, thinking about an author visit, check out this informative slideshow from the Society of Authors.

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What could I offer?

I am always happy to consider any exciting ideas to meet your needs and topics. Alternatively there are some suggestions below:

Creative writing workshops

  • A variety of topics are available
  • Workshops are available for children from Foundation stage to college
  • For creative writing workshops or talks for adults, please click here

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Pre-school/Foundation/KS1 visits

  • Hodge the Hedgehog  – autumnal topics; sharing; animals; rhyme
  • Robo-Snot – rhyme; robots; personal hygiene; designing robots and creating stories for them. A special ‘Snot Package’ is also available with Robo-Snot illustrator Paul Cherrill, to include live drawing and specially-written interactive song
  • Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo – fun and imaginative monster activities; language; rhyme
  • Gruff’s Guide to Fairy Tale Land – fairy tales; characters; maps; creative activities
  • Mermaid Legends: Estella and the Falling Star – underwater topics; creating mythical creatures
  • The Mouse Who Sailed the Seas – language; rhyme; art-based activities; aliens; other planets
  • The Goodnight Star – night-time; friendship
  • Alien’s Crazy Christmas – fun, seasonal activities
  • Talking about and creating picture books

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KS1/KS2 visits

  • Gruff’s Guide to Fairy Tale Land – characters; maps; traditional fairy tales; humour
  • Mermaid Legends: Estella and the Falling Star – underwater topics; creating mythical creatures; talking about myths and legends; creating own legends; illustrator also available to visit to discuss art-based elements
  • Talking about and creating picture books and longer stories
  • Creating imaginary lands and maps (using imagination; co-ordinates, artwork, etc.)
  • ‘Meet an Author’ question and answer sessions
  • Poetry – creating rhyming stories

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How much do I charge?

Single sessions (up to an hour) – £100

Two sessions – £150

Three sessions – £250

Travel expenses may also apply (45p a mile).

Visits include a free book for the school library and an opportunity for pupils to buy signed copies at a reduced rate.

 

When could I visit?

Visits are available throughout the school year. At key times (such as World Book Day), it is advisable to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Some special dates:

If a visit isn’t possible

If you would like the children to engage with an author, or if the class are looking at one of my books, I would be delighted to help in any way I can. Please contact me and I’ll see what I can do.

There are also some free book-related resources available in the Fun! section. Enjoy!

For more information:

You can view the Society of Author’s guidelines for author visits here

Or you can contact me here .

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