Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore (The 2 Steves)


Children's author

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
After dinner speaking
Commission


Website: http://www.the2steves.net

Contact:

Awards:
Southwark Book Award,
Hospital Club top 100 Creative and Influential People in UK 2016

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

 

Hello!

Thanks for looking at our “blurb”! We hope that we will be able to offer you an author visit that will inspire and enthuse your students. We are ex-teachers and understand both what makes a successful author visit and what you want to achieve by inviting us to talk to and work with your students.

We have been writing books together for over twenty years and have produced over 200 titles. We began writing in order to produce material that engaged and enthused our students and this continues to be our mission!

We travel the world visiting schools and libraries delivering talks, workshops and INSET sessions across the age ranges. We spend over 120 days a year working with schools, libraries, universities, colleges, The British Council, The Reading Agency - in fact anyone who wants to use us to help inspire a love of reading and writing.

We also appear regularly at the major literary festivals (Edinburgh, Hay, Bath, Cheltenham, NCBF etc.) and the not-so-major ones!

We are asked back on a regular basis to schools which have found that our visits to have been successful. We also run writer-in-residence workshops and writing squads for a range of abilities, from Gifted and Talented students to the struggling and reluctant writer.

We offer a wide range of sessions, so please do visit our website for more details. There is far too much to put down here! Please do also get in touch if you have a specific need for a visit – we are very flexible in what we can offer!

With regard to numbers, we can talk to small groups or large audiences (1000 + is the current record!)

Why invite us?

  • You want your students to meet a real live author (as opposed to a real dead one!)
  • You want to inspire your students to read (and write) more.
  • You want to engage your reluctant readers (usually boys!)
  • You want to create a “buzz” around the school for reading.
  • You want some professional insights into how stories are created and structured.
  • You want all your pupils to experience the visit.
  • You want a good laugh! (We’ve been described as the “Morecombe and Wise of children’s literature”).
  • You want any or all of the above!

So, are our visits successful?

We get hundreds of emails and letters expressing thanks for the visits we undertake. Some are incredibly touching and prove to us that all the effort is very worthwhile.

Here are some of the most recent messages we have received:

From Alex, a primary pupil:

Thank-you for the best day of my life and I hope you come back to west croft one day.

From a teacher:

The children’s enthusiasm following their sessions with you continued beyond the day. One parent said her son sat and read one of your books that evening – the first time she’d ever seen him reading without being made to.

From a mum:

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you.  My son, Joseph, attended one of your workshops this week and has thoroughly enjoyed himself. He is not an enthusiastic reader (he really dislikes it) or writer, but this week has shown him what he can do and he wants to expand on the story he has written. I’m really proud of what he has achieved this week and can only thank you once again for your enthusiasm. A very happy and grateful mum.

From an LEA English advisor:

Had two more lovely comments about last week. A St Mark's mum rang the school to thank them for sending her son. It's the first time he's got up on time and wanted to go to school every morning!

Another LSA said how the boys at Spittal had been really enthusiastic and hadn't stopped talking about it. Thanks.

From a librarian:

The kids haven't stopped talking about your performances, they were blown away! The teachers too haven't stopped talking about it!

Thank you, will book you again as soon as we have the calendar fixed...

My biggest compliment was wow that was the best presentation we have ever had in school, well done......... thank you!

From trainee teachers:

Absolutely superb.

I’d recommend them to any school that wanted to liven up literacy.

From a year 5 pupil:

From your visit I have learned that writing is fun and adventurous, not just boring and rubbish like I used to think it was.

From a year 7 student:

When my form tutor told me that I had to go to see two authors period 3, I was happy because I missed geography but I thought it was going to be boring. After break when I went into the library I was amazed at how wrong I was because they were really funny and I learnt a lot from them. I really enjoyed it because they made me laugh.

They have also made me think about the positive side of writing and that writing can be how you want it to go. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

 From fellow author, Caroline Lawrence:

The 2 Steves are the most energetic & entertaining authors I have ever met. Book them, schools, you won’t be sorry!

We look forward to visiting you!

Books
We have written over 200 books for children and young adults, including the following series:
NSS G Story
An interactive book/game app available on iTunes and Google Play stores.
iHero Series
An interactive adventure series
Action Dogs Series
Thunderbirds meets Wallace and Gromit!
Challenger Series
An adventure series that takes its inspiration from the classic adventure books of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Crime Team Series
Find the clues and solve the crime! An interactive adventure series.
Mad Myths Series
Ancient Greece meets modern day school kids!
Organisations:
NAWE, Society of Authors, RSA, Federation of Children's Book Groups.

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Crime/Thrillers, History and Biography, Horror, Humour, Sci-fi and Fantasy

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

Keywords:
reluctant readers, humour, adventure, inspirational, comedy, creative writing, boys, enthuse, Skype