Arranging a Visit

 

One of the best parts of being a children’s author is getting the chance to meet and interact with readers. I love delivering events in schools and libraries and at literary and science festivals and I’m always happy to be approached to come and talk.

I will always tailor the session to the age and number of people in the audience and provide a fun and informative event. I have spoken to groups ranging in size from 1 to over 300, so do get in touch, whatever size of group you have in mind. I can offer events based on my fiction or non-fiction.

There are some event ideas below, but I’m always happy to try something new!

Fiction/Non-fiction: Ages 9-13

Where do Stories Come From? This is a question authors are asked during almost every school visit, and looking at the answer in detail provides an entertaining event, which stimulates the pupils’ own writing. Stories are important in non-fiction too, helping to engage an audience almost by stealth. Find out how to capture ideas from the wild, how place names can inspire a whole book, and why you should always eavesdrop on public transport…  

Non-fiction : Ages 8-12

These events are based round my science books:

What Makes You You? An introduction to DNA. The session includes an opportunity to extract DNA from strawberries.

What Makes Your Body Work? An introduction to the organs of the body. The session includes a number of simple experiments that the audience can participate in.

I also offer an interactive event – What Makes Your Brain Work? – based round the Body book, but which focuses on the workings of the brain, with particular emphasis on the senses – and how to fool them…

A Beginner’s Guide to Life on Earth. The characteristics of life and a whistlestop tour of some of the most extraordinary examples.

Science workshop for ages 10-14

Who is Dracula? This is a fun, interactive workshop developed by Doug MacDonald, which uses the scenario of an outbreak of vampirism in a village to demonstrate how infectious diseases spread, and how the source can be traced.

 

Fiction:

Ages 3-6

Events based round my picture books Lost at the Zoo and The Giant Panda Party, both of which are set in Edinburgh Zoo.

Ages 8-12

Events can be based round my Edinburgh-set novels The Chaos Clock and The Chaos Quest, or my Fife-based novels Winterbringers and Dark Spell.

Ages 11-14

Events can be based round my teen fantasy novels Beneath and The Keepers’ Daughter.

 

How much does it cost?

My usual fee is £175 plus travel expenses for a one hour session, in line with Scottish Book Trust Live Literature suggested rates, but do contact me with details of what you have in mind and I’ll let you know my fee for your event. For Dracula events, the fee is £200 to reflect additional costs and preparation time.

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