Author Visits

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I have now largely retired from author visiting, though I will consider invitations, including CPD, once the pandemic has eased. If you're interested in a visit please contact me to enquire about prices and the structure of the day via


Over the years I've visited hundreds of schools, working with children / students from KS2 upwards to offer storytelling sessions, workshops on creative writing, thinking skills (and creativity generally) and talks on writing and being a published author.


I would be happy to do storytelling / talks with any audience size. Workshops are more effective with class-sized groups or smaller. I will run workshops with larger groups, although these sessions tend to be more of a demonstration of techniques, with pupils subsequently breaking down into smaller groups to try out the activities for themselves. I am happy to do half-day or whole-day visits, or longer residencies to suit your requirements.


My workshops can be geared towards creative writing (prose fiction and poetry), or non-fictional forms of writing and are applicable across a wide age and ability range. The techniques are highly practical and immediately usable - children will find they can apply them straight away to their written work. There is also a 'thinking skills underpinning' to the sessions. In learning how to generate, organise and refine their ideas children will become more familiar with and effective users of a range of thinking 'tools', which they can then apply throughout the curriculum. By becoming more effective and independent creative thinkers, children also find their confidence increasing.

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To discuss or book an author visit please email or phone - / 0116 367 7084.


Once a date has been fixed I will send a pack of display materials. After my visit I will leave a resource CD containing workshop materials, audio stories, further display etc. Book sales - most of my fiction titles are out of print, as I've concentrated on my educational books for some years. If I have enough advance warning, and if you're confident enough children will be interested, I can have copies of my self-published title 'Double Darers' printed and sent to the school. What I'd like to avoid is having to carry dozens of copies home, if I come by train!