Dawn Finch

Children's author, Young adults' author

Available for:
After dinner speaking

Website: http://www.dawnfinch.com


Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


NEW - Primary School Prehistory Workshops!

I am the author of a bestselling non-fiction book about the Neolithic site of Skara Brae. With Skara Brae now being part of the National Curriculum, these workshops are designed to support children's understanding of life in prehistoric Britain. My books on Stone Circles and Hill Forts are to be published in 2017, and these subjects are also available for workshop events.

I provide fun workshop events with a creative twist connected to my books. I deliver creative writing and drawing workshops based on the Neolithic site, with a look at stone circles, hill forts and other aspects of British prehistory. With my hamper of Neolithic goodies I aim to get young pupils thinking about how creative they would need to be to survive in prehistoric Britain.

These workshops support both history and literacy for KS1 and KS2 and I am happy to visit children from years 2 to 6.

I also write for young adults and my most recent novel is entitledThe Book of Worth. I have written Brotherhood of Shades which is a contemporary ghost story fo or 11-15yr olds. I provide workshops for older readers centred on my ghost story (Brotherhood of Shades) and my YA murder novel (The Book of Worth)

As an experienced literacy tutor and consultant I also deliver creative writing and poetry workshops to link in with school literacy and English schemes of work. I am comfortable working with large groups of children, and happy to work with all ages. Whilst my fiction is for the YA age range, my work in reader development encompasses pre-readers to A level students - my main focus is years 7-9.

I am the President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), and a member of the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) national committee, and I have worked for almost twenty-seven years with books and reading. For over a decade I have specialised in children's books and children's literacy, and I work all over the country with school children and teachers helping them to enjoy everything to do with reading and writing. I provide library consultancy and also undertake public speaking about books, reading and libraries.

I am pleased to be able to offer a set price London and South East Schools package.

This consists of a half day of tailored talks and presentations for either my novels or my non-fiction books, followed by lively Q&A and signing session.

I follow up my visits with feedback on pupil's work if required (including judging storywriting competitions) and provide two free copies of my book to do with as you see fit (some schools have used these as prizes). I also supply publicity material and a disc of book related material and ideas for discussion points. I am happy to liase with local book suppliers if you also require this service.

The London & South East Schools package is a set price of £250 (this includes basic travel expenses and covers three hours or half an academic day)

I am happy to visit schools all over the UK, and prices vary depending on distance.

Please do contact me for a quote.

School visit quotes...

"Dawn Finch visited The Emmbrook School as part of National Children's Book Week and talked to students about her book, Brotherhood of Shades, the writing and publishing process. She enthralled them with tales of ghosts, hooded monks and things that go bump in the night, and has enthused several of them to write their own stories for our annual in-house Halloween writing competition."

Barbara Band, Librarian at Emmbrook School and former President of CILIP

"During Children’s Book Week, Dawn Finch gave an inspiring presentation to groups of year 8 students at Sandhurst School. Speaking about her book, she not only captivated them with tales of ghosts, but also got them thinking about preconceptions and symbolism: why does a classmate moving among us become scary just by donning a costume? Dawn’s ultimate message to students: work hard to achieve your dream." Tina Marshall, Librarian, Sandhurst School

"Dawn came to Sandringham School following the publication of her book, to speak to our Year 7s. She gave a down to earth, inspiring and enthusiastic talk that kept our students totally engaged” Margaret Southgate, Librarian, Sandringham School

 "I read your book and was thoroughly amazed at the sheer awesomeness of it!"

Madeleine, Yr 6

"I thought they all lived in caves back then, but they were really clever"

Jack, Year 4 pupil (about the Skara Brae workshops) 

"I thought it was a real lobster. Neolithic people made all sorts of things. I loved finding out all the stuff about them."

Sufiya, Year 3 pupil (Skara Brae workshops)

"I'd love to be a writer and now I've met Dawn I reckon I can do it. She never gave up!"

Year 8 boy (Brotherhood of Shades visit)

"That was really funny and some proper spooky bits too, I love ghost stories so I'm going to have a go at writing them myself."

Year 7 boy (Brotherhood of Shades visit)

For school staff I am experienced in delivering inset and inhouse training for all literacy issues including:

  • Development of your school library - raising it to "Outstanding"
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for teachers - how to prepare your pupils for the SPaG SATs!
  • Raising standards in literacy teaching
  • Challenging and motivating the more and less able pupils in your classes
  • Creatively tackling bullying (including homophobic bullying) 
  • Supporting literacy for teaching assistants
  • Making your literacy vital and fun!
  • How to get your good readers, to be great readers and achieve a level six SAT

...and all aspects of raising literacy and creative writing standards in schools, as well as school library consultancy.

I have been delivering these courses with fantastic results all over the UK for the last four academic years. I divide my time between Scotland and the South-East and so I am happy to take on visits all over the UK.

All courses for adults can be adapted for delivery to any level and prices vary from £300 - £600 depending on time, needs, numbers, distance and materials required.

Skara Brae (isbn:978-1474709248)
A KS1 non-fiction book about life at the neolithic site of Skara Brae.
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The Book of Worth (isbn:B018UR2WB4)
Everyone thinks that they know Cathy. To her parents she is depressive problem to be fixed, to her friends a freak and a mystery. To Danny she's a lost soul to hold on to. Now she's vanished and so has the journal she kept with her friends.
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Brotherhood of Shades (isbn:978-0007523597)
When a homeless boy dies on the streets of London, he is recruited into a secret organisation of ghosts - the Brotherhood of Shades - to work with them to find a coded manuscript and protect the world of the living, from the world of the dead.
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Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Children's Writers and Illustrators Group, Society of Authors, School Libraries Group, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Scattered Author's Society

Other search criteria:

History and Biography, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Non fiction for children, Fiction for children (any age), Young Adult, Educational books

Literacy, fantasy, storyteller, thriller, Skara Brae, Orkney, Neolithic, history, prehistory, diversity, reading for wellbeing, mental health, depression, reader development, ghosts, YA, contemporary fantasy, workshops, creative writing activities, Scotla