Teachers and librarians: would you like me to talk to your students?
Like all authors, I’m now offering VIRTUAL VISITS, in addition to regular IN-PERSON SCHOOL EVENTS once restrictions ease….
I do my school visits/events through Authors Aloud UK.
What to expect from my
60-MINUTE ‘MEET THE AUTHOR’ SESSION:
- A first chapter PDF of one of my books can be sent in advance of the online talk.
- A short video clip can be sent to the school in advance, trailing the visit to students.
- For the main talk, expect a chatty, informative presentation, outlining the random places I get my inspiration from, which in turn can open students’ eyes to their OWN potential when it comes to creative writing, as well as stimulate an interest in reading for pleasure. In addition, I touch on my initial struggles with reading as a child, which can strike a chord with reluctant/struggling readers. For older students, I also outline the realities of being an author, busting some common myths about what the job is all about! (Approx. 45 minutes.)
- Short reading
- Q&As with the students (approx. 15 mins).
CHANCE FOR STUDENTS TO BUY SIGNED BOOKS
My local indie bookshop (Pickled Pepper Books) will send schools info about how students can buy a personally signed book, which can be delivered anywhere in the country.
(If schools want to support their own, local bookshop, I’m happy to arrange to send personally signed bookplates to that shop.)
What to expect from my
When it comes to IN-PERSON SCHOOL EVENTS, I’m pretty flexible. During a day’s visit, I’m happy to do a pick-and-mix of AUTHOR TALKS and WORKSHOPS to suit your needs.
Here’s what my main AUTHOR TALK and WORKSHOPS look like…
• AUTHOR TALK
(One hour, suitable for any size group)
Chatty, informative presentation, outlining the random places I get my inspiration from, which in turn can open students’ eyes to their OWN potential when it comes to creative writing, as well as stimulate an interest in reading for pleasure. In addition to this, I touch on my initial struggles with reading as a child, which can strike a chord with reluctant/struggling readers. For older students, I also outline the realities of being an author, busting some common myths about what the job is all about!
The AUTHOR TALK lasts for around three-quarters of an hour, leaving time for a Q&A session with the students at the end.
(One hour, works best with class-sized groups, ie around 30)
Here’s a brief outline of the four I run…
– WORKSHOP 1: ‘BECOME YOUR OWN EDITOR’ – simple, easy-to-remember pointers to help children improve/edit their own writing.
– WORKSHOP 2: ‘HOW TO WRITE SUSPENSE’ – step-by-step tips to get edge and drama into a scene.
– WORKSHOP 3: ‘WW2 EVACUEE’ – based on the research I’ve done for evacuee novel ‘Catching Falling Stars’, this workshop gets students thinking and writing about the impact of the evacuee experience. (Downloadable classroom resource sheets are available for this novel on my Freebies page)
– WORKSHOP 4: ‘BRINGING HISTORICAL VOICES TO LIFE’ – based around my novel ‘Little Bird Flies’ (‘Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Week), this workshop gets students thinking about how to make a character from the past sound alive to a present-day reader. (Downloadable classroom resource sheets are available for this novel on my Freebies page)
• BOOK SIGNINGS
Having a personally signed book from a visiting author can mean a lot to a student, and really engage them in reading. So during a visit – either directly after a TALK, or at some convenient point during the course of the day – ideally a short slot should be scheduled for a book signing (it’s also a good opportunity for those students too shy to ask a question in front of a large group to come chat!). Schools or libraries can either arrange for a local bookshop to come in with a selection of my books to sell, OR Authors Aloud UK can advise on alternative ways to order books.
Who do I talk to?
• AT PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL: Children aged 8-11 for my talk and workshops. As an example, I often I do one hour-long main author talk for Yrs 5&6 plus a slightly shorter main author talk for Yrs 3&4.
• AT SECONDARY SCHOOL LEVEL: Students aged 11-13.
Where do I go?
• I live in north London, so it’s relatively easy for me to travel to, well, lots of destinations that are easily reached by train within the space of a day.
• For anywhere further afield, accommodation might be needed. (It can be worthwhile getting together with other schools/libraries in this instance, to share costs.)
Get in touch!
• For more details, please contact Authors Aloud UK.