I love books and writing. I also love meeting people. Best of all, I love chatting with people about books, inspiring them to read and taking inspiration from them.
If your school or organisation would like me to visit then please get in touch either directly by email (see contact page for details) or through Authors Aloud UK. I'll travel anywhere, except for outer space, if you will cover my travelling expenses and overnight accommodation where necessary. I live in the south of England.
My sessions are tailored to suit the group. I'm happy to work with all ages and abilities, from children to adults. I try to be flexible, so if you have something different in mind then please ask me about it.
Here are some of the things I can offer:
CARROTS AND CAKE (Suitable from Year 1 to adult)
How I came to writing, idea generation, the writing process and how a book is produced. Q and A session. WARNING - if they're aren't any questions then I'll ask you some!
AMBER TALK (Suitable from Year 6 – adult. Would specifically suit Years 7 – 9)
How I came to writing and the inspiration behind Amber. The writing process and how a book is produced. Q and A session.
SHARING STORIES (Suitable for Nursery and Early Years)
Sharing stories and pictures from my books.
WRITING WORK SHOP (usually 1 hour)
Tailored to suit the needs of the school or group.
ARCTIC WORKSHOP (Suitable from Year 3 - Year 7)
Have you ever been to the Arctic? Have you seen a polar bear or a herd of caribou? Would you like to drive a sled pulled by a team of huskies? Have fun creating an Arctic Adventure in this interactive workshop.
How many children/adults will you talk to at each session?
I’ll talk to as many people as you want me to. If you are a school, then a class at a time is ideal but I often speak to a whole year group. Writing workshops work best if the group sizes aren’t too large. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Do you need a room to work in?
I prefer to stay in one place. I’m used to working in halls, libraries, music rooms, huts and spare classrooms.
Do you need any other resources?
A small table, a flip chart (for writing workshops), a computer and screen suitable to show a PowerPoint presentation. I’m always grateful of a cup of coffee at break time!
Will you bring copies of your books to sell?
I don’t sell books but will happily sign any books, (written by me), if children and staff want to bring them in when I visit. I’m also happy for you to organise book sales. Local bookshops can often provide books on a sale or return basis and some even offer a discount.
We have a book fair in school. Will you stay behind and sign books?
Yes, with pleasure.
How much will a visit cost?
My rates are in line with those recommended by the Society of Authors.
There is no charge for events held at bookshops. A visit can be a session, half a day or a whole day. Please e-mail, without obligation, for a quotation stating the school or organisation that you are representing. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
What People Say
Ester - Reading and Library Manager Grange Community Junior School
You were amazing at Fleet Library today! It was lovely sharing National Libraries Day with you. Thank you so much for joining us.
Sally – Librarian, Fleet Library
Thanks so much for your fab session with our Book Group. Your presentation had the students enthralled and really motivated them to create their own stories. Amber is going out like hot cakes since your visit!
Paula - Library Manager, Robert Mays School
A very big Thank You from North Baddesley Infant School! The feedback from the teachers was excellent, and everyone really enjoyed the activities. Reception thought you were wonderful with the children and pitched it just right for their age range. We would love you to come back next year.
North Baddesley Infant School
…thank you so much for a fun day! The children had a great day finding out more about you and I'm sure that you have inspired them to read more books.
Literacy Co-ordinatorer, Downsend Leatherhead Lodge
...the response from the staff and children has been fantastic. I will definitely be recommending you when I go to the Literacy conference next term.
Deputy Head Teacher, Marlow Church of England Infant School