My talks and workshops

School kids say . . .

'The best day of school I ever had!'

'An extraordinarily amazing time.'

'I like writing now and I never used to.'

A teacher says . . .

'The workshop was fantastic. The mix of real examples from the book and top writing tips, inspired the children to create their own amazing characters. The children were thoroughly enthralled and motivated from start to finish.' - Kirtlington School

Fees and expenses

I charge £350 a day plus travel expenses.  I'm based in Oxfordshire.

What you get . . .

  • A fun-filled day of talks and workshops and a promise to engage, ​entertain and inspire your children. 
  • Free signed copies of two of my books for your library 
  • Activity sheets, and ideas for follow up class activities.  
  • Some blurb for to you send home to parents to publicise the event.
  • A chance for all the children and their parents/carers to meet me after school,
  • A book sale and signing - but only if you want it!

Workshops and talks for KS1

FUN FACT CHALLENGE!

Engages everyone in reading fun facts with me and finding out answers to some extraordinary questions!

IS IT A STORY? MYSTERY READ!

Introduces children to different kinds of books eg puzzle books, story books, fun fact books and poems. Lots of reading and some 'join in' stories too. 

WATCH OUT! NIXIE'S ABOUT!

NOT all about fairies! It's all about inventions and inventing, science and technology, with a quiz and a vote for the silliest invention. 

OH NO! BUMBLEBEES' BOTTOMS! - creative writing workshop

Children make up and start to write their own Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy story. 

Workshops and talks for KS2

MISSION SPACE PLOT

Learn to plot some galaxy class stories – and come up with lots of really original ideas – because your first idea isn’t always your best idea.   

ALIEN ALERT

Create an alien on robot character that’s out of this world.  Includes a secret top TV tip for making your characters really stand out!

SPELLBINDING SPELLS

Tips on writing about magic, a quiz on wizarding words (would they know a ‘grimoire’ from a ‘talisman’!) and even a magic trick! Designed to inspire some truly magical writing.  

WIZARDING WRITING with NIXIE

Make up a spell for Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy . . . with disastrous consequences!  (Years 3 & 4) 

TRACY BEAKER ON TV

Find out how The Story of Tracy Beaker was made for TV! I put the show on TV and so I can tell you exactly how it was done!  

FACT OR FICTION CHALLENGE

Linked to your own curriculum topics. Who can come up with the best fun facts – and how can we tell if they’re real facts rather than fake?  

DO YOU SPEAK CHOCOLATE?

Explores the main issues of the book: friendship and refugees; empathy; breaking down barriers; focussing on our similarities rather than our differences. Raises key questions like: 'How can you make friends if you don't speak the same language ?' and 'If you had to leave your home with only four things what would you choose?' 

CAN YOU WRITE CHOCOLATE!

Find out some fun facts about chocolate, invent a brand new chocolate and come up with a market pitch to sell it!  How persuasive are your 'persuasive writing' skills! 

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF CHOCOLATE!

How much do you know about chocolate?! The session includes some history, some science, and a fun fact quiz. Never underestimate the power of chocolate!  

READ BETWEEN THE LINES

Does the thought of 'inference and deduction' make you groan out loud? Using pictures, dialogue, text and games, this session helps Years 5&6 get to grips with the difference between inference and deduction.   

SPACE: THE GREAT DUSTBIN IN THE SKY

There's tons of trash in outer space! Find out all about it with this lively mix of fun facts, quizzes . . . and lots and lots of rubbish!

Looking for something else?

I have several other sessions, including talks for adults.  I invent new talks and workshops all the time, so why not contact me? 

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