Adam Guillain


Children's author

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
Commission


Website: http://www.tinnedspaghetti.co.uk

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Awards:
George's Amazing Adventures series: Spaghetti With The Yeti shortlisted for the Sheffield and Portsmouth and The Evening Standard Oscar's First Book Awards as well as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Treats for a T.Rex Junior Design Awards.

Audiences:
Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3)


Details

A typical author visit

Adam often starts with a half-hour performance to the whole school, including nursery and foundation. This is a typical literary festival type event, focusing on a picture book, for example one of the George’s Amazing Adventures series. In the performance, the children will meet the puppet of the character George.

Storytelling Workshops

After the assembly, one option is to have a day of storytelling workshops. This is often the first choice for larger schools who would like all children to experience a workshop. In these workshops, Adam demonstrates how to HEAR MAP STEP SPEAK stories, a methodology unique to Storytelling Schools and one that works for every kind of learner. Following these sessions, it works really well if the KS1 and KS2 children go straight into a ‘warm write’, as they have the structure of the story clear in their minds and have both experienced and used high level language. Through these workshops, the children have the chance to practise telling the stories in their own words – effectively innovating as they develop their telling of the story and finding their own story voice.

 Storymaking Workshops

These work better in a classroom environment with a single class. Here Adam uses a story matrix and guided fantasy techniques to help pupils create and develop their own stories. These stories can be generated from pictures, objects or just pure imagination. For nursery and foundation children, this will be a shared experience, creating a story as a class.

Shared Writing

In these workshops, Adam uses a short oral story as a stimulus to explore how to write a great passage from a story, focusing on openings, how to write tension, great characters – anything you want to focus on to create a shared piece of work before the children work independently to do the same.

Book-specific Workshops

Sometimes schools are interested in focusing on one of Adam’s books. Often led by Q & A, Adam shares how he got the idea and how it developed into the finished book.

Other Performances

Sometimes schools choose to use Adam’s vast knowledge of oral stories and request a storytelling performance. These can be anything from an hour-long telling of The Minotaur, telling the whole story arch from Europa to the death of Minos, or a range of shorter stories from around the world.

Picture Book Workshop

In these workshops, Adam and the children explore the stories in the George’s Amazing Adventures series through performance and story mapping – lots of fun! Using the books as a model, Adam facilitates a shared innovation using the concepts of obstacles, tricksters and helpers. The children then independently map and create their own adventure quest for George using story maps. This would then be a stimulus for the children to write and illustrate their own characters and adventure stories.

Workshops for Parents

Many schools ask Adam to organise after-school events for parents and carers. Here, the focus can be on reading, writing or storytelling in the home – sometimes a combination of them all. The sessions are full of practical activities parents can do at home to support their child’s development in all aspects of language.

As well as writing for children, Adam is also a co-founder of Storytelling Schools, an international organization dedicated to working with children and teachers to teach and learn through the storytelling method. For more details visit www.storytellingschools.com

INSET Training

"Adam’s INSET sessions are lively, imaginative, practical and insightful. An outstanding teacher of teachers." (Pie Corbett)

Often schools add on a twilight training session following an author visit. The two-hour training takes participants through the methodology of Storytelling Schools (www.storytellingschools.com). Adam starts by telling a story that every teacher can use with their class. Here he demonstrates the HEAR MAP STEP SPEAK technique, considering calibration and extension. Following this, depending on time and the focus of the session, Adam explores how to elevate language as you move towards shared writing, identifying narrative foci and how to plan writers’ and language objectives. You could explore exemplar texts and toolkits that focus on shared writing before looking at what needs to be in place for innovation and invention to be of the highest quality.

Other Information

Adam has a full up-to-date DBS Enhanced Certificate and £10 million public liability insurance.

Testimonials

"An inspirational storyteller and writer who demystifies the creative process by sharing clear, multi-sensory strategies and techniques accessible to all." Chris Smith, Director of Schools Development, Story Museum, Oxford.

It is rare to find someone gifted enough to inspire teachers and pupils from Foundation to Year 6 but Adam is such a person. All these workshops were absolutely right for the age group - their content and approach were motivating and accessible for all children. Adam was encouraging and engaged the children in the process of writing. Staff have commented that they learnt more about the craft of writing after watching Adam for half an hour than they had over several INSET sessions."

Headteacher Oakmere Primary School, Northants.

 

Books
As you can see, I write picture books as well as novels for young readers and teenagers.
Muffins for Mummies (isbn:1405273633)
George goes on a mission to discover who is stealing the cakes from the museum cafe...
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School Gremlins (isbn:9781405277143)
Those cheeky gremlins are back!
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Pizza for Pirates (isbn:978-1405273619)
Do pirates love pizza?
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Treats for a T.Rex (isbn:978-1405273626)
This time George takes his dog Trixie along...
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School for Dads (isbn:978-1405277495)
Anna decides it's time to turn the tables....
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Doughnuts for a Dragon (isbn:9781405270540)
Comical adventure
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The Pirate Pie Shop (isbn:1445107732)

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Supermarket Gremlins (isbn:978-1405277136)
Gremlins up to mischief
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Zak's King Arthur Adventure (isbn:1445107783)

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Bella Balistica and the Itza Warriors (isbn:1840597712)
While global warming impacts even upon the most natural and remote places on earth, a raid on a historical temple in Mexico unearths the most powerful weapon in the world. But who and where are the Five Warriors of Itza that Bella Balistica must unit
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Marshmallows For Martians (isbn:9781405266819)
Very silly alien adventure.
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Spaghetti With The Yeti (isbn:1405263512)
Comedy Adventure
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Socks for Santa (isbn:9781405270557)

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Bella Balistica and the Forgotten Kingdom (isbn:9781840595260)
Adventure Fantasy
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Ghoul School (isbn:0602242142)
Pocket Chiller for 7-8 year olds
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The Three Frilly Goats Fluff (isbn:144510671X)
Comic and very frilly retelling of traditional classic!
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Bella Balistica and the Indian Summer (isbn:1840594071)
Bella travels to India to face the evil Diva Devaki
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Stage Fright (isbn:9781408274026)
Two spooky tales set in an end-of-pier theatre.
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Bella's Chocolate Surprise (isbn:1840595051)

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Bella Balistica and the Temple of Tikal (isbn:1840593946)
Bella's first adventure - the uncovering of her mystical powers and a Mayan prophesy
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Bella Balistica and the African Safari (isbn:1840594829)
Bella flies to Ethiopia with the Quetzal bird to take on an elite band of medieval knights
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The Hat Maker and the Chimps (isbn:0007422074)
Monkey teaches hatmaker a lesson for life!
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Voyager II Zanzibar Treasures (isbn:019834967X)
The real treasures that get washed ashore on a tropical beach
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Trouble in the Rockies (isbn:9780198471721)
Adventure
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Last Mission (isbn:0582851408)
Interactive sci-fi adventure
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Bella's Brazilian Football (isbn:1840594888)
Fantasy adventure to discover Brazil's great footballing secrets
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Our Neighbour's a Vampire! (isbn:0602242096)
A Pocket Chiller for 6-7 year olds - Ginn
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Turning The Wheel
"They're not Ghosts," said Maggie's father, "They're spirits who can see beyond their world..."
Baba Yaga's Black Geese (isbn:1903990041)
Russia's greatest witch and other stories in a Hamilton Trust compilation
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The Secret Adventures of Raffety Ray (isbn:1848983425)
Crazy sci-fi adventure
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Organisations:
Society of Authors, Scattered Authors' Society, General Teaching Council, National Association of Workshop Providers

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Humour, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13

Keywords:
Fun interactive workshops. CPD Pie Corbett talk for writing storytelling. Keynote speaker.