Hello, fellow book lover!
When I was younger, I used to think of authors as elusive creatures, existing in some far away fantastical writer realm. Now that I am a fully fledged (wings and all) grown up and author, I realise that’s because the worlds they (we) create are often larger than life and leave an impression on us. An author’s job, after all, is to help us experience interesting worlds, see life from alternative perspectives and to feel; excitement, anticipation, empathy, curiosity, wonder ... Naturally, I enjoy sharing what inspires my writing and talking about how stories are brought to life. I love giving both children and aspiring creators, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the wondrous world of book writing and creation. It shows that with a little imagination, anything is possible! If you are interested in arranging an author visit or event, please see below for inspiration.
Schools, colleges and learning settings
On previous visits to schools, I have created workshops for children to help inspire their own creative writing, including; finding fun themes and writing from the heart, using word diaries, poetry, and looking at how to use punctuation and structure purposefully to set the tone and pace. Writing can be a great way for children to express themselves, explore emotions and find their own unique voice.
An author visit will usually include;
Author introduction, including a tour of the author’s website - if smart board available
Book readings with the children/learners
Author Q & A
Author led class activity, based on the book, and/or focused on creative writing
Pre-order sheet, so that children/learners can have copies of the book for signing during the visit if they wish
Signed book cards/bookmarks for all children/learners in the class/classes visited
A guide to the book’s core themes, for curriculum links and further exploration purposes
“Our new report finds that author visits to schools boost children and young people’s literacy.
Our report found that pupils who had an author visit this academic year:
Were twice as likely to read above the expected level for their age (31% vs 17%)
Were more likely to enjoy reading (68% vs 47%) and writing (44% vs 32%)
Were more likely to be highly confident in their reading (37% vs 25%) and writing (22% vs 17%)
However, we also found that only 1 in 4 pupils had an author visit this academic year, and those from the poorest backgrounds were most likely to miss out.”
~ Literacy Trust
To book an author visit, please email email@example.com or alternatively, use the form below.
Booking fees for schools, colleges and learning settings are based on a rate of £300 per day. Half-day bookings are also available. As well as discounts for multiple days.
Special Offer to celebrate National Writing Day: £50.00 discount to all schools who book either a full or half-day visit during July/September. Please quote #lovewriting when making a booking or enquiry.
Intimate author events
I also enjoy talking with older readers, children with special needs and just about anyone who might be interested in books, writing and stories. Particularly in intimate settings—cosy book corners, cafes … That kind of thing. And as Earth Keepers Legend is a nature-themed book, forests and outdoor environments would also work really well. Visits can be tailored to age and ability. So, if you have an idea for an event and would like me to come along, or if you’d like me to do a reading for a charity event or book club, please get in touch using the form below and I’ll be happy to talk with you.
A quick introduction to my new book …
On that note, my new fantasy adventure novel EARTH KEEPERS LEGEND, The Secret Trail, is out now! It has a reading guide age of 9+, although many of the themes are suitable for younger children. The story is set in an amazing elemental world, where the natural forces of Earth and life literally come alive and therefore has a strong nature and environmental theme. But as this is also a coming of age tale, some of its other themes include; self-discovery, seeing our differences as strengths, using our unique abilities, overcoming fears, love and loss, friendship, and perhaps most of all — bravery and adventure! Some of this book was written along the banks of the beautiful River Tees, in the Tees Valley. And so, to pay homage to the river that I love so dearly and that has inspired many characters and scenes, I have included a local reference for local children hidden in the first chapter!
Discover more about EARTH KEEPERS LEGEND here.
I’m excited to share this new adventure story with you all. To me, books are like little portals, where even those with learning challenges, can explore, discover and imagine!
With warm bookish wishes,