Meg Harper


Children's author, Young adults' author, Scriptwriter

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
After dinner speaking
Commission


Website: https://megharperbooks.wordpress.com/

Contact: To discuss a storytelling, author or workshop visit, booking and fees, phone me on 07504 989 033 or e-mail me direct to

Awards:
Shortlisted for The Birmingham Cable Book Award, The Highlands Book Award and very highly commended for The Society of Authors' Educational Book Award. My Youth Theatre was awarded an Impetus Award by the Institute for Global Ethics.

Audiences:
Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


Details

 

 

Hi!

I'm an experienced children's storyteller, author and workshop facilitator. I've been creating bespoke workshops for schools and other venues now for over 15 years. I tell my own stories which are mostly designed to be inter-active. I'm also a very experienced drama teacher and my workshops can include creative writing, drama or both! Check out my web-site and blog:  https://megharperbooks.wordpress.com/

My books include:

·         Humorous Realism

·         Fantasy

·         Adventure

·         Romance

·         Historical

·         Non-fiction

 

My most recent books are 'Griff and the Griffin' and 'The Lifeguard Dog', both in the Oxford Reading Tree Series but I have had books published for all ages from 4 - 15. In 2015, I spent a wonderful week, telling my stories at the Edinburgh Fringe.  

Availability


Fridays in term time. I have more availability in school holidays for library, museum and festival events. I can also do some Saturdays. If you really can't do Fridays, I can occasionally be flexible but I don't do term-time Wednesdays.

I am happy to work with any age group, including adults, and to run Inset for teachers. I am a very experienced adult creative writing teacher, assessed by the WEA as outstanding.

I'm based in Warwickshire so can travel easily to most venues in the West Midlands and along the M40 corridor. If you're further afield, depending on the day and your budget, I may still be available to help. I do have friends up and down the country and in London, who can put me up if your budget is tight - it depends where you are!

 

Fees

Enquire! They depend on the nature of the work, where you are and how much time you want me for. If you book a storytelling workshop event, the fee will be donated to a children's charity of your school's choice or mine if you prefer. I expect to be able to bring my books to sell if possible, please. You may want to consider linking up with another venue local to you if you are a long way from my stamping ground as I do charge travel expenses.

 

Workshop Special Interests

 I particularly enjoy telling my stories and designing creative writing workshops. I can use drama as a tool and also specialise in devising workshops for heritage venues (in which I have a particular interest, deepened by the work I undertook for MA in Theatre and Drama Education). I am happy to create the workshop which suits you and your venue or for you to choose from my selection of 'tried and tested' events. I am happy to work with the same group of children all day if required. I can also provide an inter-active talk about the craft of the writer,'The Word Chef', rather than a workshop. I have worked extensively with Gifted and Talented pupils and though I am happy to work with children with special educational needs, I have less experience. One of my most popular workshops is an interactive Murder Mystery based on a famous Elizbethan event, for which I wear authentic Tudor costume.

 

I have frequently been interviewed on local and commercial radio and have featured on Radio 4's 'Ramblings' with Clare Balding.

 

What they say about my workshops

 

Warwickshire Libraries and Partners

 

Meg is very good at engaging with both children and adults. She quickly builds up a rapport with those she works with, drawing out their creativeness. Meg is able to spark ideas in others and encourage the use of the imagination. She radiates a genuine interest and enthusiasm for writing which is infectious. Meg is a warm and enthusiastic person. She always has a positive approach to projects.

 

Helen Price, Senior Team Leader: Early Years, Children, Young People and Family Learning.

 

Stratford-upon-Avon Library

Just to let you know that Meg Harper was delightful!. She entertained 25  5 year olds from Bishopton school for an hour and half, in Stratford,  magnificently!!
They were not bored for one minute! It was a pleasure to see them all enjoying themselves, and it's a pity not more schools in South took up the offer

 

Jan, Librarian

 

North Solihull Gifted and Talented Cluster

 

Children from St Annes and Kingfisher Schools recently attended a workshop run by local author Meg Harper.

 

Meg read some of her work and there was also a chance to ask her some questions about being an author. ‘She told us exactly how it feels to be an author,’ said one girl

 

She looked at writing in a humorous style about situations that really happened.

‘Some of the things that happened to her were very funny’ said one boy.

 

Children then had a chance to work with Meg on some of their own writing.

It must have been good.  ‘We all wanted it to go on longer!’

Come again Meg!

 

 

St Mary's Primary School, Banbury

Last March, St Mary's School were finalists in the TES Newsday competition
in the category for News web sites.

This success was due in no little part to the work that Meg Harper did on
the day with the group of Year 6 pupils who put together the Web site. As
well as allowing herself to be interviewed for the feature article on the
site, she sat with the pupils as they put the page on the Web site and asked
questions which guided the pupils in the decisions that they needed to take.
Throughout the time she spent on that day she was friendly and approachable
and put the pupils at their ease.

Following on from the Newsday work, Meg was invited back to the School to do group work with Year 6 pupils. Her contribution to their development was
much appreciated.

Peter Chapman, School Webmaster.

 

 

 

Cropredy C of E Primary, Oxfordshire

 

 

Meg has visited our school on several occasions to talk to the children about her writing. I specifically asked her to discuss how stories and novels 'ended' with a view to helping children improve their own story endings. This request was carried out in a comprehensive and interesting way. As an ex-teacher, she manages large groups of children well. Her presentations give lots of scope for children to ask questions.

 

I would recommend any school to use her presentations to supplement many strands of the National Curriculum.

  

SJ Hamman, Class Teacher

 

 

St. Anthony’s R.C. Primary, Leamington Spa

 

The drama was great. The children were enthused and bubbling with excitement. They talked about the characters in the book and remembered them weeks later.

 

Caroline Munks, Literacy Co-ordinator 

 

 

Heather Butler, NAWE mentor, primary teacher, writer and creative writing tutor

 

Meg's creative workshops develop drama, story writing and listening skills. A teacher for over fifteen years, Meg's rapport with the children is warm and dynamic. A wonderful way to interact with a writer. The children produced excellent work. I have no hesitation in recommending Meg.

 

 

Waldegrave School For Girls, Twickenham writes:

 

Very good. You involved the girls in your story-telling – we will be buying more of your books.

 

Joyce Keen, librarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books
I've written a wide range of fiction and non-fiction for ages 5 through to teens.
Roxanne and the Fairy Godbrother (isbn:9780198391760)
Fully illustrated collection of 3 funny stories for young readers
Elizabeth 1st - the Story of the Last Tudor Queen (isbn:9781408131190)
A potted life of this great queen, writtin as a story to engage 8- 12s
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Stop, thief! (isbn:9781408122105)
A lively picture book, suitable for boys and girls, with an anti-bullying theme.
Piper
Fantasy, mystery and romance with a chilling futuristic twist. Hard to put down!
Fur
Mystery, romance, drama and fantasty - you'll be gripped!
The' My Mum' quartet
Humorous stories about Kate and her teenage angst!
Organisations:
Society of Authors, National Association of Writers in Education, Association of Christian Writers, Federation of Children's Book Groups.

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Health and Psychology, History and Biography, Humour, Lifestyle and Parenting, Mind, Body and Spirit, Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy, Stage and Screen

Book Type:
Non fiction for children, Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Young Adult, Educational books

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