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***Updated April 2021***

Currently, I am offering a fun packed workshop based around my picture book, The Bum That Barked. It involves puppet theatre, re-telling and incorporates basic origami as a fun way to plan and plot children’s own story ideas. This workshop is most appropriate for years one, two and three. For more information, get in touch via my contact page or DM me on Twitter – click the icon at the bottom of this page to find me.
All author days are tailored to the individual needs of your school. I am also available for virtual visits. I look forward to working with you!
Please note, when not authoring, I work as a supply teacher and take a regular Covid – 19 rapid antigen test. I can forward the results of the test to you on the day of my visit.

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I have been a primary school teacher for 24 years. I am confident and happy to work across all key phases; have taught in a variety of settings and offer a range of activities as part of my author visits.

One size does not fit all and as no two schools are the same, it stands to reason that no two author visits will be the same. Contact me here and we can plan a bespoke day to suit the needs of your school.

If you are not sure what you require of my visit, I can give an author talk and I also run a number of workshops. All workshops and talks can be tailored to fit your individual needs and time constraints.

Chatterbox Stories
As a teacher, I am well aware of the fact that children struggle to use their writing plans. We spend days intricately planning each step of the story, collect amazing vocabulary and when it comes to the big write… all is forgotten! I run a workshop where we use origami to plan a story. The chatterbox is an easy and fun way to get the basic ideas of a story down. Chatterbox sessions allow children to story plan away from the desk. A great opportunity for those children who need to move, to think at their best. Adaptable for both key stage one and two.

Character Craft
During this workshop we focus on how to create believable, memorable characters using the Jungian character wheel. We will also touch on the different approaches to planning a story. Are you a plotter or a pantster? Most appropriate for upper key stage two.

Foundation and key stage one, our sessions will involve a book reading and story related songs; dance, games and craft activities.

You can book me for a whole day, half day, an assembly or book signing event. If you are a little further a field a virtual visit might also be an option. Question and answer sessions can shed light on a range of issues and provide information for budding writers on topics such as; how to develop good writing habits; what is the typical day of an author like? We can discuss the route to a publishing deal and of course how to put pen to paper in the first place and get those stories down!
If you plan the pertinent questions with your class, a virtual visit can be very beneficial.

We could even become @bookpenpals, which teams authors and illustrators with schools to make book recommendations via postcards. It’s a great way to encourage reading and getting ideas for class readers.

I am also happy to visit libraries, bookshops and festivals.

I am DBS checked and not at all scary! As a teacher, I can run a workshop single handedly; giving teachers the option of some valuable time out of class.

If you need further convincing of the benefits an author visit can bring to your setting, check out this article from The National Literacy Trust.

https://literacytrust.org.uk/news/our-new-report-finds-that-author-visits-to-schools-boost-children-and-young-peoples-literacy/

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