"Never seen some of our boys so engaged when talking about books!"
"Huge thanks to @James_D_Harris for such an entertaining & brilliant author visit to Y5"
I have a background in performing and workshop-leading - 10 years of theatre in education, a (mercifully) brief stint doing stand up, sketch shows with Susan Calman and Daniel Sloss, plus 15 years of running various writing and acting workshops for children and adults.
So I'd love to visit your school and play a part in getting your kids hyped about reading and writing.
(Bear in mind that live visits will additionally be charged travel expenses - I live in Middlesbrough and charge petrol at 45p a mile, or train tickets at cost)
Also - I am fully DBS-checked so you don't even need to accompany me to the staff room.
Here's what I offer:
20 min Remote Q&A – FREE!
Ideal for book clubs, reading groups or single classes. Ask me anything! For 20 minutes! Via Teams, Zoom, Skype or two cups and a really long bit of string. For free!
45mins -1 HOUR Virtual Author Visit – £100
The session can include a combination of:
an author talk
a funny writing workshop
Workshop options can include creating funny similes or character/story generation.
If there's anything specific you'd like a talk or workshop to cover please do ask! I have 15 years experience in running creative writing workshops so chances are I'll have a workshop that will suit you.
Half Day Visit - £200 (plus travel expenses)
I’ll do a 30 minute assembly about reading and writing, and why they are both mint, with a Powerpoint presentation packed with pictures of me and my sister as children in the 1970's, with moustaches drawn on us. I might do a song, unless you specifically ask me not to.
Then I’ll do one writing workshop for a single class of up to 30, focusing on either Funny Writing, particularly Making Similes Funny, with a side order of onomatopoeia, or Everyday Monsters, a collaborative session exploring the link between drawing and creative writing, done via the medium of MONSTERS. It will generally last about 45 mins, with the last 15 minutes devoted to a Q&A if you'd like.
Then I’ll do a book signing.
Full Day Visit - £300 (plus travel expenses)
The same as a half day visit, but more so, with one or two assemblies, up to three Funny Writing workshops, then a signing.
Of course, I'm negotiable on the details so do please ask if there's anything specifically you'd like me to cover. I am very good on creating characters, and easy story structure if you'd like a more in-depth workshop.
To book a visit or more information please contact me
Note: sadly I cannot guarantee a nosebleed for every pupil.
A selection of the creatures we created during an Everyday Monsters workshop at Seven Stories National Centre for Children's Books
I later apologised to South Ridge First School. I have no idea how a monster managed to get into my bag, which was clearly marked “there are definitely no monsters in this bag”. Lessons will be learned from this unfortunate and highly ironic incident.
Your pupils will gain amazing insights into what it was like to grow up during the 1970s. Not so much a golden age, more a brown and orange age.
Here I am running my Everyday Monsters workshop at Just So Festival in 2022