Robin Price


Children's author, Young adults' author, Poet, Scriptwriter

Available for:
Talk
Workshop
Commission


Website: http://www.mogzilla.co.uk/events

Contact: If you'd like to discuss possible dates or make a booking please contact Trevor Wilson on 01535 656015 or email

If you'd like a more general chat about what I do, please email or call me on 07740929404.

Awards:
'London Deep' chosen as an official Recommended Read for World Book Day (WBD) 2011

'London Deep' picked as one of Manchester's 24 Recommended Reads for 2010

'Boudicat' won an Exclusively Independent award in 2009

'Exclusively Independent' is an initiative funded by The Arts Council to highlight the new best books by independent publishers.
Robin co-wrote songs for Tall Stories' musicals The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom - which was nominated for an Oliver award in 2013.

Audiences:
5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4)


Details

I'm the author of 14 books for that range from primary to lower secondary level. Popular titles include the Spartapuss series (ancient Roman cats) and Roobarb and Custard for Reception and Y1. I also created the graphic novel series London Deep (a Recommended Read for World Book day 2011 in the 9-12 year category).

I love to visit schools for assemblies and workshops where I perform extracts from my books and talk about reading, writing and history. It's fun to follow an assembly up with workshop where children invent a story (Reception) or write a story with a partner (Y1-Y9).

There are lots of great writers on this site but I'm fascinated by getting children to write. So much so that I've founded a website called Creative Writing Club that uses Apps to get kids writing.
 
I have boiled down everything I've learned about getting children writing into a free A4 pdf for teachers. Please email robin@mogzilla.co.uk with the word 'Tips' in the subject line and I will send you my 7 Tips For Story Writing.
 
New for 2017

You can check out some examples of the material I use in my workshops below. For want of a better title I'm calling it 'accelerated writing' because the idea is that any class can produce a strong piece of writing in one hour.

www.romanstory.co.uk

www.vikingstory.co.uk

www.anglosaxonstory.co.uk

www.greekstory.co.uk

www.stoneagestory.co.uk

www.celtstory.co.uk

www.mayanstory.co.uk

www.egyptianstory.co.uk

www.shakespearestory.co.uk

These are not the only writing topics I work with. I can work with any writing topic of your choice.

Cross Curricular Events
There are some neat tie-ins between my books and the curriculum.

  • Two books in my Spartapuss series - Boudicat and Die Clawdius link with the topic of the Romans in Britain.
  • The Beowuff series ties in with the Anglo-saxons and the Vikings.
  • The Olympuss Games is set in ancient Greece. It connects with Greek myths as a topic (good ties in with my books Eye of the Cyclaw and Maze of the Minopaw)
  • The graphic novel series London Deep links with themes of science fiction and the environment. The manga artwork (by Paul McGrory) in this series provides a new entry point.
  • Cleocatra's Kushion is set in Egypt and Kush (Africa). 
  • Shakespeare In Your Own Words - is a fun series of workshops (poetry and prose) that I developed with Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust - for primary or secondary. I gear this towards the play you are studying: i.e. MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest or Richard III.

If you want me to theme the workshops around a particular topic:  for example: the Greeks, the Romans, the Vikings, The Stone Age, Victorians, the Tudors, or anti-bullying.
I can devise something bespoke for you (no extra charge!)

What are your events like?
Teachers sometimes say that some author events can go a bit flat after the initial excitement has died down, so I've created a series of assemblies that are fun and very interactive. Imagine your pupils rebelling against the Romans, planning a Viking raid or acting out a Greek tragedy.

What experience do you have?
Since 2006, I've done over 200 sessions in schools, libraries and festivals around the UK.

What levels do you work with?
I've written books for all ages from Y1 to Y9. So you can put together a day (or days) of assemblies and workshops that cater for all age groups.

For Y2 to Y8 - my assemblies link history with writing. Romans, Vikings, Celts, Anglo Saxons, Greeks, Egyptians and Shakespeare are all favourite topics for assemblies, followed by workshops.

For Y4 to Y9 - I've found that graphic novels are a great hook, (via my WBD recommended title London Deep, set in the future in a flooded world).

Reception and Y1 -  I've developed a version of my Romans workshops for Y1. Also great for these age groups is the fun show (and workshops) based on Roobarb & Custard and my 2008 book Count Milkula. (Roobarb was invented in the 1970's by Grange Calvery, but I edited the TV scripts into a series of fun picture books for Mogzilla publishing).

Can you mix and match different assemblies/workshops in one day?
Yes. For example I can do Animal characters with Reception/Y1, and then do a Roman assembly +  1 Roman workshop - followed by graphic novel workshops in the afternoon.

Do you cater for reluctant writers?
Some children are not as 'in love' with writing as the people on this website. However, games, soaps, cartoons, Apps, films and manga all need to be imagined and written by someone. So why not your reluctant writers? These pupils will have fun and produce some impressive written work during (and after) my visit.

Do you run special gifted and talented workshops?
I have led a number of these sessions with Authors Abroad. I've developed special materials for these sessions.

Do you work outside of the UK?
Author's Abroad have organised a number of tours for me. In 2012 I visited Malawi. In 2013 I went to Kuwait - leading writing workshops of 200+ students. In 2014 I toured Thailand and Qatar. In Spring 2015 I visited the British School of Nanjing in China and in Oct I visited an international school in Cairo.

How many sessions can you do in one day?
Typically I can fit up to 5 hour long sessions into one day. It depends on how long your class periods are and how close I am to your school.

How far can you travel?
I've been all over the UK, from the Dragon School in Oxford to Abedare school in Wales and then on to the Roecliff primary in Yorkshire! I'm happy to travel as far as my trusty Citroen will take me.

How many pupils per workshop? What about two or three form entry schools?
If you are a two or three form entry school,  large groups are not a problem. There are different options (up to 90 students per group is possible with thought and planning). Please get in touch.

Do you work with secondary schools?
Yes. Although my graphic novel London Deep was picked by World Book Day's panel for ages 9-12 (Y4 up) it looks visually sophisticated and can work well for older pupils - it has gone down very well with Y7-9. The Spartapuss series is also popular with lower secondary readers.

Do you have an up to date CRB check/ Disclosure?
Yes. I get it renewed every 2 years.

History themed events
During the assembly and the workshops, your pupils will get involved in a range of activities:
Take part in fun activities and games.  For example, they could re-enact a Roman battle or a Viking raid,
'Battle' against each other with a themed quiz
Work with a partner to imagine and write their own stories
Share their writing with the rest of the class

Graphic novel/ manga/ science fiction writing workshops
These workshops tie in with my graphic novella/ sci-fi adventure London Deep (set in the future in a flooded London). The book was chosen as an official Recommended Read for World Book Day 2011 and in April 2011 it featured on ITV1's 'Cool Stuff Collective' where it was awarded 4 stars out of 5 by the 10 year old reviewer.
London Deep is packed with  of cool artwork from Paul McGrory. Paul's amazing manga-influenced drawings are very on-trend and can help to make writing more engaging for 10-14 year olds.
Sometimes I run a joint workshop with Paul, or I can come along with examples of the art on Powerpoint, and concentrate on the story-development side.

London Deep explores themes about the environment and the relationships between kids and grown ups, which your pupils can develop further in their own stories. Alternatively they might like to write full on sci-fi epics featuring aliens, vampires, ghosts or weird creatures from their imaginations.

My Shakespeare workshops
In 2012 I was commissioned by the Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust to get students writing poetry and verse inspired by Shakespeare's plays.
This exciting series of 18 workshops culminated in a performance in Stratford-Upon-Avon. I am hence able to offer some exciting workshops for Y3-Y9 based on a number of popular Shakespeare texts.  The students write their own stories and poems based on characters from the plays. I introduce a language focus using Shakespearian words and phrases from Shakespearian source texts including Montaigne, Halls Chronicles, and Hollinshed. This might sound difficult but I always tailor the workshop to the age and ability of each class. Even Y3's can write using iambic pentameter!

You can download information on each workshop here.

Do your work with SEN schools?
I love working with 'Special Needs' kids and I can adapt my workshops and talks for all sorts of learners.
Anne from Blackpool says:

'We had a great day when Robin visited our school which caters for children age 4 - 16 with a wide range of learning difficulties. The children loved his assembly which was informative yet full of humour and enjoyed creating their own stories during the workshops. Robin was great with the children and his own characters inspired them to be adventurous and imaginative in their own writing and drawing! We will definitely be calling on him again!'

Do you offer insets for teachers/parents?
Yes. In 2012 I visited Malawi, for a tour arranged by Author's Abroad. Here is what Head teacher Peter Sloan had to say about my inset:
'During his visit to St. Andrew’s, Robin joined the staff to share with us some super INSET to an audience that included primary and secondary teachers. Robin challenged us to think about the barriers to writing for children and to come up with effective ways we could break these barriers down. It was a super opportunity to work with colleagues in an enjoyable, fast moving and practical way that really made us think about how we can help our children to be more enthusiastic and more accomplished writers. An inspiring INSET with Robin Price!'

How much does it cost?
My sessions are affordable and I've been told that they represent good value and are in line with Society of Authors rates.
Please contact Trevor Wilson on 01535 656015 who handles my bookings or email trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk


Do you run any workshops about your graphic novels in conjunction with an artist?
Yes. If you want to work on your pupils' artistic skills, please ask about my joint workshop with London Deep artist Paul McGrory.

Do you have information we can download?
You can download pdfs with full info on each of the events here:

http://www.spartapuss.co.uk/events-and-workshops/

What do teachers/ librarians say about your visits?

Here's small selection of feedback:

"Robin's sessions not only gave children a structure for planning a story, but really excited and inspired them so that they couldn't wait to get writing!"
 
"Robin's "Spartapuss" assembly was a fantastic combination of Roman facts, story telling and knockabout comedy, that, whilst entertaining the whole school, also cunningly prepared the ground for their own Roman story writing. It's great to see that children have really been motivated to write for themselves and to read his books. "  Richard Smith, Deputy Head Trafalgar Junior School (April, 2011)
'Robin has worked very hard giving us a lot of value for money on creating the workshops and on the behind the scenes thinking to bring the project to a head. Robin has been both creative and reliable and has thought through every step of the project. He is professional in all he does and works very well with children and adults alike.'
Dr Elizabeth Dollimore, Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

'Robin, Thank you very much for your work with us this week. The staff and pupils had a fantastic time. I was amazed at how engaged our pupils were - you really caught their imagination and made the sessions enjoyable for them.'  
Michele Holland,National Skills Curriculum Coordinator,
The Albany Business and Enterprise College

'Thanks so much for delivering two outstanding sessions at St Simon's and Linden Grove Primary Schools today. I enjoyed them just as much as the children - and they were having a fantastic time! I shall spread the word about your brilliant books and school visits and hope that you'll be able to enthuse and inspire more youngsters in and around Ashford very soon.
Sally, (coordinator ‘Boys into Books’), Kent Libraries.

"Hi Robin, thanks for the wonderful afternoon with the children on Thursday. they were really enthusiastic about writing their stories today and some children have produced some really good writing.'  Nabilah, KS2 teacher, Leeds.

"Robin, thank you so much for visiting schools here in Bristol on Tuesday. The children and teachers all thought it was brilliant and I know they will have got a lot out of it."  
Margaret Pemberton, Schools Library Service.

'Thank you very much for coming and doing such hard work for us! I think it was really successful and a good ending to the topic.'
SHEYENNE, REDLANDS PRIMARY, TOWER HAMLETS.

 "Robin was a breath of fresh air, working with our members to write a collaborative story based in Roman Britain and giving them a unique chance to revisit a vibrant past, populated by characters of their own devising."
Nicky Milstead, YAC (the Young Archaeologists' Club)

 'Spartapuss is a unique series that has really caught the imagination of the public here.'
Andrew Fairmaner, The British Museum

"Thank you for the fantastic day – the students and staff involved really enjoyed the sessions. It helped make a real success of our literacy week. The use of your book and the active workshops worked really well and the feedback you gave them was great, especially for our weaker students who lack confidence."
Ms Harrison, Medway School.

"The London Deep workshop was a great success with our year 7 students. They were all enthralled by the story and eager to find out more about both author and illustrator who kindly answered all their questions. The students were also given plenty of time to explore their own creative ideas in the story telling exercise. A very memorable event."
Jenny Bergren, Librarian at Mossbourne Community Academy.

For more feedback please visit http://www.mogzilla.co.uk/events

If you'd like to make a booking please contact Trevor Wilson on 01535 656015 or email trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Or email robin@mogzilla.co.uk with 'Tips' in the subject line and we will send you my free teachers' pdf: 7 Tips For Story Writing.

 

Books
'London Deep', my sixth children's book, was chosen as a Recommended Read for World Book Day. This ' terrifically atmospheric page-turning adventure told via words and comic art' has also won an 'Exclusively Independent' Award'.
I Am Spartapuss (isbn:9780954657604)
First in series - will Spartapuss survive gladiator training school?
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Catligula (isbn:9780954657611)
Rome's new Emperor is mad, bad and dangerous to stroke!
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Die Clawdius (isbn:0954657683)
Book three in the series. Spartapuss has always wanted to see his homeland- but not necessarily as part of an invasion!
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Boudicat (isbn:9781906132002)
Boudicat is the fourth title in the Spartapuss series. It’s a ಐmust read’ for kids aged 8 + and cat lovers of all ages.
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Cleocatra's Kushion (isbn:978-1906132071)

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Beowuff and the Horrid Hen (isbn:9781906132385)
Viking dog Beowuff is a disgrace to the fierce memory of his ancestors
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London Deep (isbn:9781906132033)
'Terrifically atmospheric page-turning adventure told through words and comic art, set in a flooded London' Lovereading.co.uk
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Beowuff and the Dragon Raiders (isbn:978-1-906132-39-2)
'Dogs, goats, Vikings, half-wits, monks, gold, and arrows - how could this book not be great?!! It is all about a dog called Beowuff who lives in Viking times. He finds himself becoming the hero he was desperately trying not to be. He ends up in a nu
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Father Thames (isbn:9781906132040)
Rebellious teen Jemima Mallard has done the unthinkable. She’s joined the Youth Police Department (YPD). A gripping graphic novel.
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Count Milkula (isbn:9780954657659)
A tale of milk and monsters for years 4+
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Roobarb & Custard - When there was a Ballet (isbn:9781906132149)

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Roobarb & Custard: When Roobarb's Trousers Flew (isbn:9781906132149)

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The Olympuss Games - Son of Spartapuss (isbn:978-1-906132-81-1)
An easier take on classical cats - set in ancient Rome and ancient Greece
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The Olympuss Games - Eye of the Cyclaw (isbn:978-1-906132-83-5)

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The Olympuss Games - Maze of the Minopaw (isbn:978-1-906132-82-8)

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