I’m very pleased to offer a range of workshops both online and in-person and am happy to tailor my workshop to your school’s needs. Please get in touch via the contact page. For more information, see the video or the workshops below.
. Please get in touch via the contact page. For more information, see the video or the workshops below.
Building a Hero Workshop (40 minutes)
Based around the idea of heroes in Arthur and Me, we look at building a character, giving them unique characteristics. We then take them on an adventure through a collaborative story-building session, showing how the characteristics we give our hero can be used in our story.
Animal Detectives Workshop (40 minutes)
Based around the character-building for Max the Detective Cat, this session starts with a short talk about how I developed the characters and story for Max, taking inspiration from my own pets and my experiences in the theatre. We then think about the characteristics of different animals and what character traits make a good detective. We finish by building a new animal detective character and setting them a problem to solve.
Cakes, Codes and Ciphers (40 minutes)
Based around the codes and ciphers in the Alice Éclair series, this session starts with a short talk about how I created the Alice Éclair series. We then create our own spy, complete with a codename, and decide where they will be investigating to find their secret plans or track down a villain. We’ll learn some simple codes and ciphers, from the oldest one recorded (did you know you could use a rolling pin to create hidden messages!) to using a cipher wheel. As we learn each code, we’ll think about how our spy might use them to pass on their own secret messages.
Author Talk and Q&A (40 minutes).
I am also happy to do a more general talk about my books and writing, followed by a Q&A session.
Options and Rates
Online workshop (40 minutes, £50). I am pleased to offer a 40 minute online workshop or brief talk followed by Q&A for £50. I’m more than happy to sign bookplates when not able to sign books in person
I’m also more than happy to visit you in person to deliver any or all of the workshops above. Rates are set within the guidelines given by the Society of Authors at :
In-Person Half day (up to 3 hours) in-person school visit, which can include presentations and class-based creative writing workshops – £300 plus travel
In-Person Whole day in-person school visit, which can include presentations and class-based creative writing workshops to several classes – £500 plus travel
Shorter visits can also sometimes be arranged, depending on your location, for £100 plus travel.
Book an Author Visit
To book an author visit, please get in touch using the form below.