ROBERT PAUL WESTON


Children's author, Poet

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
After dinner speaking
Commission


Website: http://www.RobertPaulWeston.com

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Awards:
- German Children's Audiobook of the Year (2012)
- Audie Audiobook Award, Best Solo Male Performance (Alan Cumming) (2011)
- California Young Reader Medal (2011)
- Silver Birch Award (2010)
- Canadian Library Association Honour (2011, 2014)
- E.B. White Read Aloud Honour (2009)
- Children's Choice Award (2009)

Audiences:
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


Details

“Robert later visited the pupils in their classrooms to see the work they were completing on rhyme. He built an instant rapport with the children by taking a genuine interest in them and their learning. He then answered more of their questions with humour, interest and sensitivity.”
-Mamianna Hansen, Fairley House School (London, England)

“I continue to have students approach me and talk about their favorite part of Zorgamazoo. I think of one student in particular who says that he hates books but wants to read all of Robert Weston’s other books because ‘it was the only good book he’s ever read.’” 
-Michael Cox, Pueblo City-County Library (Pueblo, Colorado, USA)

"I was worried about this particular student's response to the presentation. However, this student was totally engaged. He wanted to answer many of Rob's questions. I can think of no higher praise for a presenter than that they are able to mesmerize even the most challenging students." 
-Becky Jenkins, Garden Avenue Public School (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

In my presentations, I like to keep things light and humorous, but never at the expense of insightful, engaging content. I am happy to cater my presentations and workshops to specific audiences and I am covered by Public Liability Insurance through membership with the National Association of Writers in Education.

Here's a few of my ready-made presentations, based on the subject matter in several of my books for young people:

1. Zorgamazoo: Rhythm & Rhyme

Audience: ages 6-12
Time: 60 minutes
Topics: poetry, language, rhyme, illustration

Description: You’d have to be mad to write a rhyming novel, so perhaps I am. In this presentation, I recount my early love of rhyme, introduce the technical aspects of the poetry used inZorgamazoo, and discuss the fulfillment and frustration of telling a story in verse. Students will also be exposed to the creative and collaborative process of producing an illustrated novel. Finally, I conclude with an exciting reading from the book, complete with silly voices and heaps of villainous drama!

2. Fairy Dust and the True Tales of Grimm

Audience: ages 10-16
Time: 60 minutes
Topics: folktales, the Brothers Grimm, writing, representations of violence

Description: If you think it was a kiss that returned the Frog Prince to his human form, you’re dead wrong. The surprising originals of nearly every familiar folktale—from Cinderella to Snow White—is far nastier than anything Walt Disney produced. In this presentation, I introduce students to the medieval folklore that inspired the hardboiled mystery, Dust City. I also seek to challenge students to consider what may have inspired the violence and visceral strangeness of the stories original incarnations.

3. Prince Puggly’s Misguided Guide to Fashion

Audience: ages 6-12
Time: 60 minutes
Topics: poetry, language, rhyme, history, fashion trends

Description: From creepy medieval bird masks to stupendously powdered wigs, in this presentation I guide students through some of history’s strangest fashion trends—featuring just the sorts of absurd togs Prince Puggly and Princess Francesca might have worn to the Spiffian Centenary Ball! Also included, and not to be neglected, is an introduction to the novel’s poetry and artwork.

4. Meet the Creature Department

Audience: ages 6-12
Time: 60 minutes
Topics: fantasy, science, animation, collaboration, publishing, filmmaking

Description: The Creature Department is an unusual series of books, written in collaboration with the British special effects firm, Framestore, who are responsible for visual effects in the Harry Potter films, Where the Wild Things Are, Avatar, Gravity and many more. In this presentation, I introduce students to some of the characters and how they literally leap off the page and interact with readers, thanks to the magic of special effects. 

Books
Zorgamazoo (isbn:978-1595145741)
"A natural descendant of the works of Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl while hewing close to the droll atmospherics of Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket.” —Booklist
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Dust City (isbn:978-1595144256)
"A tightly paced mystery, a coming of age story, and a vivid fantasy…Dust City is a winner." —Quill & Quire
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Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff (isbn:978-1595145673)
"Begs to be read aloud.” —KidsReads.com
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The Creature Department (isbn:978-1595146854)
"A bit like if you took Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Monsters Inc. and shoved them in a TARDIS." —Buzzfeed
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Blues for Zoey (isbn:978-0738743400)
"A poignant and eccentric coming-of-age novel whose lighthearted tone belies the difficult subject matter at its core." —Readerly
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Organisations:
Society of Authors, Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators, National Association of Writers in Education

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Humour, Poetry, Sci-fi and Fantasy

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

Keywords:
Poetry, Fantasy, Writing workshops, Rhyme, Storytelling, Plotting & characterisation, Children, Teenagers, Creative writing, Reading, Mystery, Adventure, Books for girls, Books for boys, Supernatural, Legend, Folklore, Myths