Piers Torday

Children's author, Author of books for adults, Scriptwriter

Available for:

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

Contact: Author:
UK School Talks: www.authorsaloud.co.uk
International: www.authorsabroad.com

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
Stockton Children's Book of the Year
Calderdale Children's Book of the Year

Adults, 8-11 (Key stage 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3)


Piers currently has three workshops which work best with students aged 7 – 11. They are all designed to inspire pupils both about reading and writing, as well as asking questions about the world around them.

The talks are suitable both for large all school presentations or smaller classroom visits, as long as multimedia presentation facilities are available.

I prefer to give one workshop followed by a book sales/signing session.

 PIERS TORDAY'S STORIES (60 min workshop incl.  Q&A)

Ideal age group: Years 5/6, ages 8 - 11

 Using an inventive and interactive presentation, Piers uses his session to tell the children three stories (15 mins each approx.) all sharing the joy of reading and writing.  First, the story of how he started writing and how your pupils can too. He will reveal a never before seen Oompa-Loompa song from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as he explains how meeting Roald Dahl inspired him to get writing… Next, the real-life story which inspired THE LAST WILD TRILOGY….Finally, the story of stories themselves, and why they are essential to being human, which inspired his latest book, THERE MAY BE A CASTLE. (Times Children’s Book of the Year.)

 THE WILD BEYOND EVENT (60mins workshop with Q&A)

Ideal age group: Yrs 6/8, ages 11 - 13

 In this visually rich, fact filled presentation for older children, with animations and video, Piers gives the environmental, historical and scientific background to his acclaimed and bestselling LAST WILD Trilogy.

 THE STORY IS YOU (45 min workshop)

All ages

 Piers will discuss the origination of storytelling and how it inspired his latest acclaimed book, THERE MAY BE A CASTLE, and impart his writing secrets. He will tell students how hard it can be to become an author, but also inspire them to persevere and follow their dreams.


 NB: All events are built around a Keynote presentation for Apple Mac and access to a projector and screen is HIGHLY PREFERABLE but Piers does travel with my own cables, adapters and projector where not available.

PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR WORLD BOOK DAY 2018 (Many other dates available!)

My preferred days and times for school visits are Wednesday afternoons at 2pm, other days and times of course possible by negotiation.


Author of five books, including the award wining Last Wild trilogy.
THE DEATH OF AN OWL (isbn:978-0297867500)
From the bestselling author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN comes a new novel about political expediency, spin and unholy alliances. Completed by Piers Torday.
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THERE MAY BE A CASTLE (isbn:978-1848668621)
A story about love, loss and the power of imagination
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THE LAST WILD (isbn:978-1-78087-828-7)
This is the story of a boy named Kester. He is extraordinary, but he doesn't know that yet. All he knows, at the moment is this: 1. There is a flock of excited pigeons in his bedroom. 2. They are talking to him. 3. His life will never be the same...
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THE DARK WILD (isbn:978-1782064855)
Kester Jaynes saved the animals. Can he save the humans too?
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THE WILD BEYOND (isbn:978-1848668485)
The final book of The Last Wild Trilogy
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Society of Authors
Scattered Authors Society
SCBWI British Isles

Other search criteria:

Sci-fi and Fantasy, Stage and Screen

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

children's books, animals, creative writing, environment, storytelling, Skype