More Details About School Visits and Author Talks

my school visits – themes

Here are some talks I give regularly, but am happy to discuss something specific with you as long as the theme ties in with one of my books.

  • My life as an author. Great way to start the day in assembly or in individual class groups. All ages.
  • How to make a brainpower sandwich. Fun exercise to get kids thinking about healthy eating. Linked to Help I’m a Genius. All ages.
  • Letter from another planet. Creative writing session on descriptive writing. Linked to Help I’m an Alien. KS2 and KS3
  • How to write comedy – a taster workshop for KS2 and KS3
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My School Visits – structure of the day

When you book me for a days visit to your school, you are booking me for 4 sessions and a book signing session if applicable)

The sessions could include an assembly talk of 30-40 minutes and 3 class talks or workshops of 40-60 minutes.

Or you might prefer me to spend the time with 4 different classes.

Please don’t feel tempted to split the sessions up as I am unable to inspire anyone to write creatively in twenty minutes. You need to decide which pupils you want me to spend time with. You can always book me for a second day if you want me to see everyone in the school.

My books are aimed at 7-12 year olds. My talks are interactive and include props. I am happy to put together workshops for younger pupils with advanced notice.

The children will get most out of the day if the teachers are engaged with the event. There is not always enough time for the children to finish a piece of writing and it would be great if they could continue with the support of their teacher after I have left. I am always delighted to hear from students after an event and will publish a selection of work on my website so do send a few photos or letters if you wish.

What does it cost?

My fee is £375 for a full day (4 sessions and a book signing) plus travel expenses from my home on the Kent/South East London border.
If you book consecutive days, the additional day(s) will be at a reduced rate of £275 plus expenses.
My fee for a half day is £225 (2 sessions and a book signing).


I am happy to be paid by cheque or bank transfer. Details for both will be on my invoice which I will send the week before the event. If paying by cheque, please have the cheque ready for me on the day.


In the unlikely event that I need to cancel your event, I’ll do my very best to reschedule at the earliest date that suits you. Neither fee or expenses will be charged

If you need to cancel, I would be grateful for as much notice as possible so I can offer the date to another school.

If you cancel a confirmed booking all incurred expenses must be reimbursed. In addition if you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, I’m sorry but I will have to charge you the full fee.

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Professional memberships

For your information, I am a member of the following organisations

Society of Authors – SocA
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – SCBWI
Children’s Writers and Illustrators in South London – CWISL
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