Antony Wootten

Also writes as David Hall (when writing for adults)

Children's author, Author/Illustrator

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Tel: 07719 814429

8-11 (Key stage 2)


“Staff were very impressed. Sessions were adapted for a range of needs and we loved how you worked so quickly with what you saw in the class and what the children asked.” Jen Gray, St Oswalds RC Primary School, Newcastle

I was a primary school teacher for 18 years. Since childhood, I have had a passion for writing stories, and am delighted to now be visiting schools and enthusing children about the exciting processes of writing. I aim to show children that creating stories is a pastime everyone can enjoy - it is not just the reserve of those mysterious people we never see, called ‘authors’! Sessions are lively, fast-paced and fun.

I have a number of activities designed to share with children the pleasure of writing stories. I want to convey the idea that writing is purely an extension of the processes of playing, daydreaming and using your imagination, which we all love to do, and is therefore something for everyone to enjoy. My activities illustrate this vividly.

Since one of my books is an anthology of limericks, I also have some activities to teach children the limerick form and support them in the writing of their own limericks.

I always try to include a Q&A session, so children can ask about the processes of writing and publishing. These lively sessions always seem to encourage interesting and searching questions.

I am very happy for schools to make specific requests - my visits can be customised to suit the needs of the school.

I will also briefly tell children about my books, and at the end of the day (or whenever suits you) I would like to sign and sell copies of my books. I will give the school 20% of the total sales value.

“Teachers commented that the writing activity was brilliant.” Atkinson Road Primary Academy, Newcastle

“Staff said all pupils enjoyed the sessions - one teacher particularly liked the ‘sentence’ idea. All impressed that you marked the children’s work!” The year 4/5 teachers, Malton Community Primary School, North Yorkshire

Please see my website for more testimonials ('Schools' section) and information about all my books:

4 novels and a collection of funny limericks. My novels focus on dramatic themes and realistic dilemmas. The Grubby Feather Gang and Season of the Mammoth are short novels. More of these will follow in 2016 and 2017...
A Tiger Too Many (isbn:9780953712311)
Jill is very fond of an old tiger in London zoo, but the war has begun, and there's a shortage of food and medicine. To Jill's horror, the zoo has decided to put the tiger down. She decides to try and save him.
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Grown-ups Can't Be Friends With Dragons (isbn:9780953712335)
Brian is a very unhappy boy who hates school and often runs away. He hides in a cave by the sea, where he meets a strange creature which he decides to call The Dragon. This magical story tackles issues of bullying and forgiveness.
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The Grubby Feather Gang (isbn:978-0953712380)
It is 1915, and George’s father refuses to fight in the war. He is branded a coward, and George does not know what to think. A story of 4 friends dealing with their parents' problems.
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Season of the Mammoth (isbn:978-0993504211)
Set in the Stone Age, Season of the Mammoth is about a tribe divided by hatred. Should the children, Geb and Tannash, help Scrim, their strange friend? Should the tribe attack the nomads and drive them from the valley?
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There Was An Old Fellow From Skye (isbn:978-0953712328)
A collection of Antony’s hilarious limericks for all the family to enjoy. Featuring everything from King Arthur and his knights to inter-stellar space-travel, this book will tickle the ribs of children and parents alike!
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Other search criteria:

History and Biography, Humour, Poetry, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 8-13

history, war, fantasy, dragons, limericks, tiger, conscientious objector, short novel, stone age, zoo, evacuation, evacuee, blitz, first world war, world war 1, world war i, wwi, second world war, world war 2, world war ii, bullying