Primary School Visitors
Jenny Alexander: Talks and workshops, Y3-7. I write fiction and non fiction of every kind and what interests me is adventurousness in writing. I can do the usual author talk, story-of-the-book etc but if the children have prepared for the session by reading a few of my books and/or looking at my we
Elizabeth Arnold: I am happy to do school visits and/or workshops for children, covering any area on the craft of writing.
Mary Arrigan: For ages 4 - 6 a brief chat about making up stories followed by a reading from one of my books for that age group. For ages 7 - 9 same as above. For ages 10 - 12 talk about writing and how they can do this themselves, followed by interactive putting a story together (great fun!), then reading from teenage novel. End with showing covers of translated versions of book and Q&A. I also run workshops for age 10 upwards.
Jill Atkins: I only visit schools in Sussex. I am happy to work with Foundation stage, KS1 and 2, will talk to, sing with, read to children, storytelling, workshops.
Elizabeth Baguley: Drama workshops (aimed at Years 1, 2, 3) connected with my picture books - building a story from recycled objects; Ice Island (based on reflections); creating a story from nothing: writing workshops based on drama activities for Keystage 2 and 3; storytelling (various themes) for Keystages 1, 2 and 3, with storytelling workshops for Years 5 and 6, and Keystage 3 and 4.
Steve Barlow: Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore work with all age groups from KS1 and KS2 to INSET for teachers and heads on active learning and engaging and enthusing reluctant readers. We have a wide variety of presentations including interactive play readings, talks, and workshops on creative writing, active learning and drama techniques; and interactive presentations for large numbers of children (only limited by the size of a school's venue) and which we can tailor to schools' individual requirements. Details of our visits and contact details can be found on our we I do a lively interactive presentation talking about my books followed by a fun game/exercise on one aspect of writing stories. Then time to read an extract from one of my books and finish with questions. I can talk to the whole primary age range, to one or more year group at a time, and I have published books for boys and girls to suit all these age groups. My interactive talks for Years 1 through to 6, include signings, readings, literacy initiatives, author anecdotes, information about how a book is 'made' from start to finish, and questions and answers. There is also a song and a rap . My workshops for Early Years are even more active(!) and combine music, movement and story.
Emma Barnes: I do talks and workshops for all primary year groups. Talks are lively and interactive, often using powerpoint, and sharing enjoyment of all aspects of books, reading and stories, and explaining the writing process. Workshops of various kinds for different ages, involve developing storylines or characters, through discussion, drawing, writing and drama.
Sue Barrow: I am experienced in running writing workshops for 13 - 16 year olds but am also happy to work with older primary school children. My style is interactive - I enjoy getting children to think about what they like in books, how stories work and who their favourite characters are. This helps them plan and develop their own story writing ideas and work out how to get them down on paper. I'm equally to happy to discuss ideas with teachers beforehand and fit in with whatever creative writing projects they are working on at the time.
David Bedford: I regularly give talks and workshops for Primary (and Nursery) aged children, ranging from interactive novelty book performances to the youngest, to picture book and fiction writing workshops for older children. My books cover the entire primary range, with particular interest from KS2 boys in my 'Football Machine' fiction series workshops. For more details, please click on my name and find your way to the Author Talks page on my we
Ian P Benfold Haywood: I visit primary schools and take a class or small group of children through the process of constructing a picture book. From sketch book studies and research to braking down the text and interpreting it in to pictures. Then roughs and layouts and final artwork. I also open their eyes up to how exciting and interesting and detailed picture books can be and if time guide them to illustrate a piece of text.
Lynne Benton: Nursery/Reception: readings from my books and singing games. Years 1-2: readings from my books and drawing workshops/singing games. Years 3-6: readings from my books and writing workshops. Based in Bath, Somerset.
Ian Billings: I offer a wide selection of creative inclusive workshop for KS2 focussing on Peoples, Places and Plot. See my website for further details.
Malorie Blackman: I do school visits but I am booked up at least a year in advance! My sessions tend to be for Years 5&6 or Years 7 or 8&9. I talk about my various books, the inspiration for them, the writing process, how I became a writer, etc. I also do creative writing workshops for one class at a time. I do a maximum of 2 sessions in one day. Please contact my publisher Random House Children's Books for further details.
Denis Bond: Key stages one and two...talks and workshops. Any area! www.contactanauthor.co.uk for full details or call Speaking Of Books on 0208 858 6616
Alison Boyle: I run highly interactive sessions for young children which always involve making and doing relating to the characters in my picturebooks (such as Baby Bear, Wishing Bird, Little Croc and Silly Cat). Activities include collage, wordplay, movement and collaborative story-making. I always plan the visit carefully to make sure it is a happy experience all round! Please contact me using the hyperlink in my name (above) to discuss a visit that's tailored to your pupils and teachers.
Ann Bryant: My aim is to entertain, educate and energise!
Abi Burlingham: I do readings and workshops in primary and junior schools, ranging from 4-10years. For younger children I do readings, activities, games, a talk, q & a sessions. For older children (6yrs plus), in addition to the activities above, I do story writing workshops.
Charles Butler: I visit upper-years primary, middle schools, and lower-years secondary schools for talks and workshops relating to my children's books. I also visit upper secondary/sixth form classes for talks on the process of writing and getting published.
Heather Butler: I offer 7 different days interactive days that tie in with the National Literacy Strategy. I am passionate about children learning to write creatively and the whole school comes off curriculum for the day. I do a 45 minute presentation either with everyone (up to 300 children) or with one key stage followed by the other in primary schools. This is followed by workshops. I also lead inset training on a number of areas - writing, speaking and listening, being creative with the curriculum, RE & spirituality. This can be tied in with a school visit. I am happy to work with any primary age group and still teach 3 days a week so am aware of current educational issues. I have a particular interest in helping the less able succeed.
Sean Callery: I offer three packages: story making, information writing, and song writing. I am a primary school teacher across KS1 and KS2 but also work in secondary schools up to age 14. Plenty more details on my website.
I do a lively interactive presentation talking about my books followed by a fun game/exercise on one aspect of writing stories. Then time to read an extract from one of my books and finish with questions.
I can talk to the whole primary age range, to one or more year group at a time, and I have published books for boys and girls to suit all these age groups. My interactive talks for Years 1 through to 6, include signings, readings, literacy initiatives, author anecdotes, information about how a book is 'made' from start to finish, and questions and answers. There is also a song and a rap
My workshops for Early Years are even more active(!) and combine music, movement and story.
David Calcutt: I offer writing and drama workshops based on themes and episodes from my work, and readings/discussions. Age range: 10-15s
James Carter: Very lively poetry (with guitar music!) performances and workshops for KS1/KS2. Highly interactive. Lots of fun. Also writing workshops based on my four creative writing books for teachers (all Taylor & Francis)
Philip Caveney: I offer author events, which comprise a talk, a reading, a Q & A session and a book signing - and I also do writing workshops, where participants are encourage to write the first chapter of their story. My books are aimed at the 9-12 market.
Pauline Chandler: For people aged 10-16. Author talks (about eg the writing process, research methods and drafting) readings and workshops with small groups (max 12)
Linda Chapman: I talk to groups of primary school children (maximum usually 60 and usually children from year 2-year 6) for between 30-40 minutes depending upon the age of the group, about my books and being a writer and answer the two questions I am most often asked - how does a book turn from being an idea in a person's head to being a book on a shelf and where do ideas come from. The sessions are interactive but I do not do workshops.
Simon Cheshire: I do a variety of sessions for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4, full details are on the Teacher's Page of my website.
Alan Cliff: I only visit schools in
Lucy Coats: I specialise in retellings of Myth and Legend, (Key Stage 3). For Coll the Bard's Poetry Workshops, I work in a group with small (no more than 12-14) numbers of children from Y8-10, plus a teacher. We end up with a 'Circle Poem', and I have never concluded one of these sessions without us creating a powerful piece of work, which the children are always justly proud of. Everyone is involved at every level, and the sessions are informal, relaxed and fun. I also do interactive readings (with Branwen the Raven) and sessions for younger children (Y3-7) from Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths and all my other books. I can tailor visits to whatever the school needs. See my website for more details.
Rebecca Colby: I'm a former librarian and Year 1 teacher who writes picture books and poetry. I offer author visits and writing workshops for KS1, and storytelling and related craft sessions for Foundation stage. I'm happy to customise my presentations and workshops to the requirements of the students and school. Past workshops have included idea generating activities and fairy tale writing.
Yvonne Coppard: workshops (max 25), interactive talk and Q and A session (max 60) covering all aspects of writing - agreed with school beforehand. Ages 8-18 and adults.
Anne Cottringer: I really enjoy school visits and I cover nursery/reception to Year 5. The visits are tailored to suit the year in consultation with the teachers. As a rough guide: Nursery/reception will be short sessions with a reading, role playing or drawing. Years 1 & 2 are 30 to 60 minute interactive creative sessions with a reading, role play, story telling or book making where the children can make the most of their imaginations. Years 3 -5 are 60 minute sessions which take the students on a humorous picture book journey from the getting the idea to the bookshops. I bring along early drafts, initial sketches and ideas, roughs, foreign editions, reviews and all the paraphernalia that goes into having a picture book published.
Alan Dapre: After a spell as a Stay-At-Home-Dad I am getting back into visits. Currently I am sticking to the Central Belt of Scotland but can travel further if given enough notice. I am happy doing sessions for age 6 years (up to 14) - my preference being the Primary age range. I can do a 1 hour session where I tend to give a brief talk about writing, read a book or two, interact with some games and get children doing a creative activity based on one of the books/characters etc. And/or I can do an interactive class workshop where I do the above but add on a range of activities (approx 2 hours). Please see the Visits section on my website.
Chris d'Lacey: My usual age range is Y4-Y8. I talk about me, my books, my life as a writer. I do run workshops but only occasionally.
Penny Dolan: Enjoyable storytelling sessions & talks about my picture books for Foundation/KS1 children. Lively talks about being a writer and writing stories for children from Year 2/3 to Year 6. For more details (including workshop information) please look at my we
John Dougherty: Entertaining, interactive Q and A sessions involding readings, poetry and original songs. Will work with all primary age groups.
Paul Dowswell: Upper primary to secondary, all ages. I give illustrated talks on my 'Powder Monkey' books (Yr 5/6/7), about a boy in Nelson's Navy, 'Auslander', set in Nazi Germany, and 'Sektion 20', about two teenagers in Cold War East Berlin (both Yr 8 to 6th Form). I also do a variety of creative writing workshops for schools and adults. Happy to be as flexible as you like, from an AM or PM to a week as 'writer in residence'. Based central England but travel all over UK, and abroad. Please contact via my website for further details.
Malachy Doyle: Readings from my books, or creative writing workshops, to any age group - tots to teens.
Fiona Dunbar: I have visited both primary and secondary schools, usually speaking to pupils from year 5 through to year 8. Some possibilities: (1) A 1-hour talk. These are always lively and entertaining. I read a couple of brief extracts from my books, and talk a bit about the inspiration behind them. This will then lead into a more general discussion about how I write, why I write, tips for budding writers and so on. (2) A workshop with a group of up to 30 pupils (1/2 a day). I can discuss this with you in advance, and tailor it to your needs. (3) A full day, combining talks and workshop.
Ann Evans: I love doing school visits which are geared for 7-11 year olds. In general I talk about how I got to become a writer and how perseverance is so important. I also show children the various stages of writing a book, from manuscript through to proofs and book translations etc. Talks and workshops cover such aspect as creating better fiction, editing your work, presentation, writing non-fiction and writing for newspapers. Basically I can tailor sessions to the classes requirements. All sessions include Q&A time and a reading.
Pauline Fisk: I'm really interested in encouraging children to develop their talents, treat their ambitions with respect, take themselves seriously and make that process fun. Over the years, I've led writing workshops in lead mines, haunted houses and on one notable occasion on a battlefield, armed with foam rubber weapons. I've visited more schools than I can count, speaking to Primary and Secondary children of all ages, as well as occasionally sixth formers and undergraduates on anything to do with reading, writing and life as a writer. Currently I'm also talking about the trip I made out to Belize, funded by the British Arts Council, to trek in the rainforest and meet young volunteers for the gap year novel for young teenagers, 'In the Trees'.
Janet Foxley: Key Stage 2. Talk (largely Q & A) about Muncle Trogg books and writing generally. Workshops where we come up with story outlines orally for the children to develop later in writing.
Echo Freer: Author Talks Year 6 - Adult - a talk about how I became an author, my life and the life of a book from idea to bookshelf, including manuscripts in various stages of development, followed by a reading and questions and answers. Talks last from 50 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes depending on the length of the lesson. 3 talks per school day. Creative writing workshops - Year 4 - Adult - workshops on creating characters, developing plots, sensory workshop to get more feelings and depth into writing, self-editing and many others. Workshops last for a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 2 hours 30 minutes. 2 workshops per school day.
Vivian French: I do very few school visits. For more information, please go to my website (click on my name) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Friedman: I offer both talks to years 1, 2 and 3 and creative writing workshops for older kids at primary level.
Maeve Friel: I cover the whole primary age range and lower-year secondary school, reading and talking about my books and my inspirations followed by lively interactive Q&A. Creative writing workshop for age 6+
Lynne Garner: I have a passion for words which I love to share. I write both fiction and non-fiction and can tailor my visits to suit your needs. I can do the usual 'read from one of my books' visits however if you prefer something a little different this can easily be arranged. Fees charged are based upon the Society of Authors recommendations.
Adèle Geras: very few visits, please contact direct through website. Visits include Q and A sessions, readings from my books and talking about my writing. I don't do workshops.
Griselda Gifford: Yes, I do school visits - age limit 14 - prefer working with 11 and 12 year-olds or younger. I usually give brief talk about 'how I began writing' - show old and new books - perhaps read out a little, ask for questions. If the schools want a 'workshop' I enjoy these - we construct simple plots - I give short starter paragraphs and say 'write on' or we do a character description - all depending on age.
Chrissie Gittins: I give poetry readings and workshops (a class at a time) for Reception through to Year 13, with a possible Q&A after the reading. My workshops begin with warm up games, where everyone contributes orally, then we move onto longer exercises and imperceptibly into writing a poem.
Pippa Goodhart: I'm happy to work with the whole primary school range, from nursery to Year 6. I usually talk with the children about stories and writing books, mixed with sharing some of my stories and perhaps working up new story ideas with the children. Also happy to do workshops or work to particular themes.
Sandra Glover: I offer a wide range of talks and workshops to children of all ages. Details can be found on my website and please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.
Gwen Grant: I visit all ages and offer workshops and talks about writing.
Julia Green: Writing workshops and talks/readings for young people top primary to sixth form and adults, including teacher training, festivals, residential courses. I lecture on the MA Writing for Young People at
Nick Green: I visit Years 6-9 and offer readings, along with talks about writing and story creation
Adam Guillain: I usually start with a whole school assembly where I tell a couple of stories and introduce the children to my work and the notion of 'thinking' like a writer. I then deliver writing workshops throughout the school using objects, story maps/mountains,traditional and anecdotal stories as a stimulus. As an ex-primary school teacher I generally work with F/KS1&2, although increasingly I'm being booked for KS3 sessions and inset.
Miriam Halahmy: I offer talks, Q. and A, creative writing workshops and readings from Y6 at KS2 right through to Sixth Form College and University students. My talks are always lively and tailored to the age group and interests of the students. I liaise closely with the organisations who book me to ensure that the visit meets everyone's needs and interests. More information and feedback from visits on my website : www.miriamhalahmy.com
Dennis Hamley: Years 3 to 11. Talks, readings and Q & A with large groups (up to 100), one hour minimum preferred. Writing workshops with small groups of 8-12, though up to 20 tolerated. Minimum 1.5 hours.
Frances Hardinge: I give talks, readings and Q&A sessions, best suited to Years 5-7. I occasionally also run workshops, focussing upon the creation of settings and characters. In general, I prefer to visit schools within easy reach of Oxford or London.
Sandra Horn: I offer lively interactive sessions for Nursery, KS1 and KS2 groups. These can include storytelling, talking about where stories come from, how stories are made into books, story-building games, writing and poetry workshops, and music, songs and dances from three of my books (Tattybogle, Babushka and The Moonthieves) that are now successful musicals for primary schools, created by Starshine Music. I use drafts, sketches and a big bag of objects to illustrate the stories and to show how stories and poems can grow, and how words can be used in special ways to create moods and effects. I enjoy working with special needs groups.
Lesley Howarth: Year 6 only. Talks on my books inc MAPHEAD, etc, and about the business of writing for older students.
Lynn Huggins-Cooper: Primary visits in local area only (NE covering Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle).
Julia Jarman: I offer a range of talks to children of all ages: 1.How A Book Is made - talk 2.Let's start a story - workshop 3.Tell me! - discussion. Please see my we
Catherine Johnson: I do visits to top juniors - Years 5 and 6 or secondary schools, I do class sized workshops on character and story that can run for as little as an hour or all day. Am happy to talk about all aspects of writing
Julia Jones: I'm happy to do either "straight" author visits - an illustrated talk about my work, how I began writing etc OR I can do writing workshops, helping children to write adventure stories of their own.I'm happy to include practical activities in the sessions (communicating with flags for instance) and I LOVE going out of school with children to look at story settings. Most comfortable with years 5 - 8.
Elizabeth Kay: I enjoy doing talks, readings and workshops for Y5 - 6, concentrating on fantasy worlds and creatures and using stories from my travels to exotic places. I am also an art teacher, and often start by getting children to draw their subject matter, and then write about it.
Rosalind Kerven: I do storytelling with primary school age children. (Hopefully I will have a website soon!)
Damian Harvey: My sessions are suitable for primary school age children from nursery/reception up to year six. I am happy to do either performance sessions or writing sessions, but where possible I prefer a class to have seen a performance session before going on to do any writing. (I find this helps build a better rapport with the children) Performance sessions last from 20 minutes (for Nursery) up to an hour or more for older age groups - writing sessions need a minimum of an hour. In the performances I share stories and poems and talk about writing and being a writer. I discuss various aspects of writing including getting ideas, drafting and editing. I show and talk about books I have done and work in progress so that audiences get a chance to see the many stages involved in making a book. The overall aim of these sessions is to be entertaining, informative and stimulating so that children are left feeling enthusiatic and excited about books, stories and the idea of writing stories for themselves. In writing sessions I am happy to work with a whole class to write, or start writing, stories or poems.
Elizabeth Hawkins: I will visit both primary and secondary schools. I talk about how a writer finds ideas, develops those ideas and creates a story, also about the process of writing and publishing a book. This is accompanied by readings from my own work and question and answer sessions. I am happy to lead creative writing workshops for one group or class at a time. I will handle a maximum of three sessions in a visit.
Dianne Hofmeyr: Years 2,3,4: Interactive talk with plenty of visuals based on The Star-Bearer, an Egyptian creation myth which introduces readers to the gods of Egypt. Years 6 and 7: Interactive talks with PowerPoint and music based on the following novels - Eye of the Moon (Egypt at the time of Nefertiti - murder and treachery, brother against brother and a friendship between two very different girls against an exotic setting of Thebes, the Nile and Nubia) and Fish Notes and Star Songs (an ancient body discovered in a sea-cave leads to four children's strange journey to a desert in Africa). I also offer creative writing and illustration workshops which can be adapted to any year.
Mary Hooper: I give a lively presentation, "How I write a book", suitable for top age primary, and any age girls. I do two one-hour sessions in a day and charge £250 plus expenses. I hope to sell books at any events. I live on the Oxford/Berkshire border and will travel up to two hours away.
Liz Kessler: talks, signings, readings and workshops. Please click on my name to go to the relevant page on my website.
Karen King: I run storytelling and simple story building for Reception and KS1, workshops and storyboarding for KS2. I prefer groups of up to thirty and a maximum of four workshops a day but am happy to talk to larger groups about a writer's life or the writing process.
Josh Lacey: I often visit schools and I'm happy to travel around the country to talk to readers. I'll usually bring a few props - for the Grk books, for instance, a bag packed with objects from the different countries in which the books are set - and chat about my books, writing, etc, and answer all kinds of questions. Please get in touch via my we
Tanya Landman: I can do author visits and/or creative writing workshops for children from 4 to 11, and young adults from 12 - 18.
Katherine Langrish: Years 5,6,7 - interactive talk about my writing and the Viking background to my books, using drama, slides, riddles etc.
Joan Lennon: I'm currently offering four events: 1. For 4-6 year-olds - Ribburta the Frog 2. For 6-8 year-olds - Tales from the Keep 3. For 8-11 year-olds - The Slightly Jones Mysteries (set in Victorian times) 4. For 8-11 year-olds - The Wickit Chronicles (set in medieval times) For more information, see my School Visits page at www.joanlennon.co.uk
Paeony Lewis: I enjoy visiting libraries, nurseries and primary schools. Sessions include storytelling, 'From Idea to Book', 'On Being an Author', and lots of writing workshops. Plus, being mildly dyslexic, I encourage those who struggle not to give up. Please visit my website and don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss anything further.
Rob Lewis: Nursery, infant, junior school ages: 1. Storytelling 2. Workshop/talks onillustration and how a book is written and produced 3. Friezework sessions 4. Creative writing workshops
Rebecca Lisle: I am an experienced, enthusiastic author/illustrator of 18 titles. I give inspiring, creative workshops that get students of all ages and abilities writing and loving it! My books are aimed at both primary school readers and lower secondary school readers so I visit both types of school. I give author talks to larger groups and workshops for smaller groups of 25 or so.
John Malam: I am a National Literacy Trust Reading Champion, recognised for my work with children and adults. As a children's non-fiction author you will find that my visit is very different from that of a fiction author or a poet. I offer a variety of sessions, suitable for R, KS1, KS2, and KS3. In my talk session (Y3 to Y9) I outline the journey of a non-fiction book, from first ideas to printed pages. In my workshop session (Y5 to Y9) children act out the roles of key people in the publishing process to create their own non-fiction books. In my writing sessions (Y1 to Y6) children write myths and biographies, and produce mini-booklets. In my reading sessions (R, Y1, Y2) I offer age- and interest-related readings. My visits are inspirational, motivational, and fun! I cover the whole of the UK.
Paul Manship: Unfortunately as I work as a full-time primary school teacher I can't make many visits to other schools . I usually do an hour - a Power-point followed by children's questions - but I'm open to suggestions.
Jackie Marchant: I am happy to visit schools in and around London and home counties, depending on ease of travel from Hillingdon. I do an interactive talk about how I 'met' Dougal Trump and came to write his books (this involves delving down a bin liner), followed by questions and answers and a fun workshop. Ideally suited to years 4 and 5. For more details, please click on my name and visit my website.
Sophie McKenzie: I do visits to year 5 and up, so cover primary and secondary schools. I offer two types of visit - a talk-based, interactive session with as many pupils as you like - smaller, class-based writing workshops with up to 30 students.
Barbara Mitchelhill: My talks for 7-12 year olds are very interactive and great fun, for me as well as the children. Each session is based on one of my books and includes activities, readings and time for questions and answers. - although I am happy to adapt the format to fit in with teachers' ideas. I hope to leave the children keen to read and enthused to write their own stories.
Richard Monte: I am especially interested in doing author visits for ages 7-9 and 9-12, using my books to explore folk tales, history, geography and the environment. For further details see my website or www.contactanauthor.co.uk
Nicola Morgan: A wide range of different inspirational talks for any age from 9 to 18, and also for teachers and parents. My talks are usually either mainly about the stories and ideas that inspire my novels, or else about the brain - either the teenage brain or our brains in general. The brain events can be extended workshops - you could sign up to a Grow Your Brain Day, for example. All details on my website on the page called Inviting Me To Speak
Miriam Moss: I offer lively, innovative large group performances, talks, interactive storytelling sessions, readings, seminars, creative writing and poetry workshops to all ages.
Moira Munro: Silliness, songs and storytelling, based on my stories, illustrations and cartoon strips. The aim is to inspire children to read and do their own writing or illustrating. I share my "secret tips" to give them the tools to do just that. Large audiences are fine. For the most up to date suggestions for session formats, click on my name. I'm happy to visit anywhere within an hour or so from Glasgow.
Linda Newbery: Talks and presentations on various aspects of books and writing, for children (Year 3 and above), teenagers and adults. Writing workshops for small groups only, or on residential courses.
Sally Nicholls: I am a young, enthusiastic author, who writes fiction for Key Stage Two and Three. I can do an author talk covering the process of writing a book and how a manuscript is turned into a novel, followed by a question-and-answer session. I also run lively creative writing workshops for children aged nine and over. I am happpy to tailor presentations to the needs of the school and am available for one-off visits and for longer projects.
Andrew Norriss: My author visits for years 3, 4, 5 & 6, are designed to enthuse children about books and reading, and to inspire them to want to read and write more themselves. A session usually comprises a talk of about 45 minutes and works best with groups made up of one or two classes, but I am very adaptable. I describe what sort of stories I like, how I set about writing a book - ideas, plotting, beginnings, endings - and illustrate this by reading short passages from my work. I like to involve the children as much as possible
Sam Osman: 1. An illustrated talk about the inspiration for my books Quicksilver and Serpent's Gold (Suitable for Years 4- 8) exploring the facts and the fictions behind stone-circles and looking at some of the amazing archaeological sites in Africa and America that are visited in my book.
Karen Owen: I visit schools, playgroups, libraries, and festivals across the country, sharing my stories with children aged up to 11. The emphasis is on fun and participation and in "living" the story. For Early Years children, I do story telling, role playing and mask making. For KS1 and KS2 , we look at how rhyming couplets work and make up our own - sensible or silly, real or nonsense, it's up to you! I run Passion For Words, a six-session creative writing course for G&T Year 2 children. Each participant has the time to create their own story, with an emphasis on powerful and enriching language. I can also do Key Stage or Whole School Assembly, and speak to parents about reading with children.
Colin R Parsons: Assembly presentation: 8-11s (Keystage 2) - How I began writing and delve into how I build a story and add character, narrative, dialogue and description. I talk about the story in my books; I also do a comedy sketch where I chase an 'Ice cube around a kitchen,' which is children really enjoy. There's a Q&A session and I read a chapter from one of my books. I sign copies of my books at the end. Workshop: In the classroom with about 40 pupils. I have information cards where the children have to identify the title and author of a book in a (a quick fire round). I talk about building up a story in more depth with a 'Minds Eye' sketch. I describe how to make a book come to life. I read out a short story where the pupils can continue the adventure in their own way.
Helena Pielichaty: I cover KS2, KS3 and KS4. Please see my website for more information.
Saviour Pirotta: Saviour does a mixture of storytelling, using stories from his own books and story-writing workshops. He does all age groups in primary schools. A session for KS1 classes lasts between 30 mins to 45, depending on the age of the kids. KS2 sessions last about an hour. The storytelling sessions can usually be done for a year group at a time, the workshops work better for class-sized groups.
Caroline Pitcher: I will visit infant, primary, secondary schools and universities. I talk about being a writer and the various kinds of writing I do, read from my books, put and answer questions. I'll run a workshop if that is what is wanted. I prefer not to travel very long distances, and live in Derbyshire.
Susan Price: from age seven up. Story-tellings and readings.
Sally Prue: I visit both primary and secondary schools. I very much enjoy visiting schools, and usually spend a lesson celebrating fiction by means of a bit of reminiscence, lots of questions, and helping the group to conjure up an instant novel.
Sue Purkiss: I do workshops or talks for any age from seven upwards - please see website for more details.
Enid Richemont: Interactive writing workshops for primary and the younger end of secondary schools - ie ages 9 - 12
Hilary Robinson: I speak to all groups including teachers and professionals working with children but especially Key Stage 1. Some of the techniques I use are applied to sessions designed encourage older children with their writing.
Malcolm Rose: Upper years only. The most pertinent year groups for my mystery and crime novels are Years 5 and 6. I have performed in front of groups of all sizes (5 - 700). I am very flexible with regard to audience size but my favourite audiences for talks are single or double classes. Most of my talks have been 50-90 minutes in duration (up to my record of 2 hours 30 minutes!). I concentrate on why and how I write stories. I deal in particular with the processes of getting an idea and turning it into a story by getting inside characters and developing the plot through their eyes. For primary schools (Years 5/6) with a particular interest in crime writing, I can offer an interactive talk that involves a lot of forensic science. This has proved very popular recently, because of my TRACES crime series.
Helen Salter: I'm happy to come and visit ages 10-14 for talks and readings. I cover the whole process - how to get published, editing, rewriting, plus cover art (often of interest to the kids.) I bring along lots of example manuscripts (and my first attempts at writing aged about 10!) Talks include a short, relevant reading and a Q&A session.
Cavan Scott: I lead workshops and talks for both primary and secondary schools. Workshops include idea brainstorming, character (and monster) creation, comic writing, journalism and script writing. In the sessions I draw on my experience working on such series as Doctor Who, Skylanders and Angry Birds, plus writing Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Roger the Dodger and Bananaman for the Beano. Check out my website for more details.
Andy Seed: Lively talks and workshops for all age groups. I offer fun interactive poetry workshops with groups of up to 35 (or more by arrangement) suitable for KS1 and KS2. Also single-class miscellany workshops for KS2 in which children make a non-fiction book page.
Gillian Shields: Reception and Year One: PICTURE BOOKS, including BEN AND GRAN AND THE WHOLE WIDE WONDERFUL WORLD (Macmillan), OUR STRIPY BABY (Macmillan) and THE PERFECT BEAR (Simon and Schuster). Years One, Two and Three: MERMAID SOS (
Charlie Small - see Nick Ward
Steve Smallman: Because I'm an author and an illustrator I offer schools a choice of illustration workshops, writing workshops or a mixture of both. In my illustration sessions I talk about how I illustrate stories from early character sketches and thumbnails to finished artwork and printed books. I then teach the children how to draw different facial expressions which we'll then use on character drawings. In my writing workshops I read my books, talk about where the ideas came from and work with the children to produce their own stories. I illustrate some of their characters to help them along. My sessions are very flexible and can be adapted to children from Nursery level up to year 6. Oh, and I paint murals too!
Susan Steggall: My picture books are illustrated with large, intricate torn paper collages and I offer primary school visits for 5-11 year olds where I talk about how my work is made. I use initial sketches, dummy books, finished artwork and printers' proofs to cover the process from start to finish and usually follow this up with a workshop session, where children can make their own collages, and perhaps an illustrated class book.
Linda Strachan: I am happy to speak to all ages from nursery to adult. I can base visits on any of my books and this can cover many different themes (see my website). I am happy to speak to secondary school pupils and adult writers' groups, teachers and at conferences. I do creative writing workshops with all ages.
Andrew Strong: I can do visits to schools and can offer writing workshops for upper primary or lower secondary school students.
Amanda Swift: Years 3 - 8 Author Visit - talk about work process, read from books, question and answers etc Workshops - working with children on their writing.
Julie Sykes: I am a regular visitor to schools and libraries where I share my books and talk about my work as an author. Further details can be obtained from my we
Ruth Symes: Nursery, reception: reading from my picture books, drama and singing games and craft activities. Older years: book readings, drama workshops, craft activities, story writing workshops.
Ann Turnbull: Very few school visits, but please enquire via my we
Val Tyler: Workshops, which usually include an analysis of how to write a good story plus anything the school dictates. Active entertainment with guitar and lots of enthusiasm and energy!
Eleanor Updale: I talk to any age group from upper primary to all secondary. I talk about writing, history, and writing about history! I will do workshops if asked, but prefer to make my visit seem like fun rather than work.
Jean Ure: Happy to visit schools within easy reach of
Karen Wallace: Talks, presentations and workshops. Please see my site for more details.
Jennie Walters: I'm happy to talk to children in upper primary/lower secondary classes about the processes of writing, researching and editing historical novels, with reference to Victorian servants, country house life, the First World War, Kindertransport, and lots more!
Nick Ward (AKA Charlie Small): My talks are aimed at students aged 6 to 9 years old. As custodian of the Charlie Small journals, I tell how I discovered the very first journal on the banks of a muddy river, and how my search for the lost boy adventurer is progressing. I tell of the expedition I am organizing to save Charlie and ask for volunteers with special skills to accompany me on my dangerous mission. I bring Charlie's actual rucksack, full of the items that make up his explorer's kit; lots of Charlie's own sketches and drawings that appear in his journals, and I tell how Charlie's adventures started and how he found himself trapped in a strange, parallel world. This is followed by a Q&A session
Lynda Waterhouse: I am available to run writing/drama workshops, to talk about my books etc. See my we
Steve Weatherill: For children aged 3-7 I do activity sessions based on my Baby Goz books. These sessions involve drama, music and drawing as well as storytelling. For ages 7-11 I do interactive talks about making up stories and how a book is put together. I also offer Question and Answer sessions. Full details on my website.
Kathryn White: Ages- pre-school, primary + yr 7. KS1 & KS2. Fully inclusive school and festival events, providing dynamic visual presentation on the HERE COMES THE CROCODILE picture book alongside full SOUND EFFECTS in order to reach broader ability audiences. Suitable for assembly with up to 250 children. Art and craft workshops on characters, plus games. PITCH POND CURSE published by Ginn Level -KS2. Groups- 30 + (70 Max)Ghost stories- what makes a chiller chill? Encourages readers to analyse the different techniques used within the horror genre. To enthuse and prepare students to write what they would love to read. Profile of a demon. a)Mixing imagination with writing skills to promote a keen interest in English language and how students can get the best out of it. b)Teachers are requested to supply a Thesaurus or two for this slot. c)£300. Per day. + travel expenses.
Valerie Wilding: I'm happy to visit children from Years 3-6 to speak about my fiction and non-fiction. I talk about the whole writing and publication process, including rewriting, which I really enjoy. I intersperse the talk with appropriate extracts from my books, and finish with a Q and A session. I don't do workshops, but hope to leave children with plenty of ideas for getting ideas!
Anna Wilson: I usually do a talk for about half an hour to three quarters of an hour with a few pictures on a projector. I talk about how I became a writer, where I get my inspiration from and I include some short readings from a selection of my books for 5-8s and 7-10s. My books are marketed as "girls' " books, but I find that the Puppy series and the new Kitten series appeal to boys as well when they are read aloud as they are quite humorous. I often do a couple of workshops following the talk. I usually take one class at a time (years 3 to 6) and we work on unblocking writer's block, writing short poems and working on developing characters.
Leslie Wilson: I do workshops and talks. For details, see my website.
Sheridan Winn: Two types of talk aimed at years 5, 6 and 7. Talk 1: 45-minute group talk - up to 100 children - followed by book signing - the Sprite Sister books (the characters, their world and the stories); about me; being a writer; creative writing tips, Q&A. I also do two readings from the books. I bring with me an A2 map of Sprite Towers and an A2 illustration of the Sprite Sisters' 'Circle of Power'. Talk 2: 90-minute creative writing workshop for groups of 25 children max, based around the Sprite Sister book and the elements of character and situation in a story. Pens and paper required. The children will complete the session having decided on their character and situation, ready to write their own story. I do more talking about the Sprite Sisters - who the characters are, how they interact, etc - than for Secondary level. I illustrate the Sprite Sisters' world with the A2 Map of Sprite Towers and the A2 illustration of the 'Circle of Power'. See my website for complete outline.
Jayne Woodhouse: I can offer short, informal visits to primary schools, age range 7-11, to talk about being a writer, read an extract from one of my books and answer questions. No teaching or workshops. Sessions last around 45 minutes. I don't make any charge for these visits, although I hope schools will find an opportunity for me to sell some books!