Visits

AUTHOR VISITS: Schools and Libraries.

SEE ALSO : ***PUPPETS (PAGE 8)***

I visit schools and libraries regularly, and always have a fantastic time. I've made puppets, produced shows, written Christmas shows with a class, made up numberless brilliant stories, and had wonderful discussions.
Prices start at £120 for half a day (plus travel).


WRITING WORKSHOPS: working with a group or class using games and drama techniques to explore the sources of ideas for stories, and how to work different ideas together into a coherent storyline. Ideal for years 5, 6, and 7.

TALKS: can be up to an hour long, and tailored to the needs of the school, but usually include background to my novels, where ideas come from, and some practical tips aboput writing . I nearly always introduce a few puppets to liven the talks up.

I have had wonderful feedback from both primary and secondary schools.

WORKSHOPS: can work well in combination with a talk. I like to make up stories together sometimes as a whole group, sometimes in threes and fours. I use drama techniquies to show how stories develop, how one can choose certain lines for development, the relationshipe between character, place and action, etc.

ALSO:
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, readings, discussions, and lots of spontaneous interaction.

AND:
PUPPET SHOWS:
NEVER TRUST A SQUIRREL - An adaptation of my own picture book.
ANNIE AND THE WHALE - a comedy thriller with bite!
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A FEW COMMENTS:

"The children were very motivated.... Their enthusiasm for writing continued for the rest of the year and made a real difference both to the standard of work, and to their perception of themselves as writers."
Sue Boal, St John's C.E. Primary School, Totnes

"Just a short note to say how much we appreciated you giving up your time to join us in school during our BOok Week. .... The children's enthusiastic responses certainly showed us that they obviously enjoyed spending quality time listeniing to you talk about your books. The KS1 children relly enjoyed your puppet show. We hope by the end of the day you were not too exhausted!"
Anne Furness, White Rock Primary School

"I really enjoyed your visit and hope you come back soon to our next book week. Thank you!"

Beckie; St Michael's School Exeter

"Just to say how much we enjoyed your visit to Dawlish - I felt you pitched just right for the year 7s. Thank you very much for working so hard all day - the students did appreciate it."
Jane Van Spyk, Dawlish Community College

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