Piers Torday


Children's author, Author of books for adults

Available for:
Interview
Talk


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

Contact: Author:
Agent: www.authorsalouduk.co.uk

Awards:
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2014 (The Dark Wild)
Stockton Children's Book of the Year 2015 (The Last Wild)
Calderdale Children's Book of the Year 2013 (The Last Wild)

Audiences:
Adults, 8-11 (Key stage 2)


Details

Piers currently has two talks and one creative writing workshop, 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 environmental subject matter of The Last Wild Trilogy.

The two 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 talk followed by a book sales/signing session.

THE LAST WILD TRILOGY EVENT (60 mins* talk incl.  Q&A)

This is the best talk for schools which have not heard Piers speak before.

 Using an inventive and interactive presentation, Piers uses his session to tell the children three stories (15 mins each approx.) all connected with reading and writing. There will be laughs, quizzes, prizes, and a chance for questions at the end.

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, and a reading.

Finally, the story of a real life animal.  He’ll talk about meeting some real wolves with take-home facts on these beautiful animals and the challenges they face in the world today.

*This talk is also available as a 15 and 30/45 minute format, with content abridged accordingly.

 THE WILD BEYOND EVENT (45 mins talk + Q&A)

Ideal as a follow up event for schools which have already had THE LAST WILD EVENT.

In this presentation, with animations and video, Piers talks about the real life environmental phenomenon of the Anthropocene age which inspired the book, along with a reading.

What facilities will Piers need when he visits your school?

All events are built around Keynote presentations for Apple Mac and will not play off memory sticks or school computers.

Piers travels with my own Apple MacBook Air laptop and all cables, adapters etc. normally required. He needs access to the projector/smart board/TV display etc. and sound system in the venue for the talk and all should be well. If in doubt please put him in touch with the relevant IT person beforehand.

He also travels with his own projector as an emergency back up.

Materials: None required for the talks, but writing paper and pens/pencils are needed for the creative writing workshop.

 PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR WORLD BOOK DAY 2016 AND 2017 (Many other dates available!)

 

Books
I wrote The 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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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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Organisations:
Society of Authors
Scattered Authors Society
SCBWI British Isles

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Sci-fi and Fantasy

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

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