Sean Taylor


Children's author, Poet, Scriptwriter

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
Commission


Website: http://www.seantaylorstories.com

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Awards:
Winner of Scottish Book Awards 2015, for "Robot Rumpus", Winner of Portsmouth Book Award 2008, for "When a Monster is Born". 'Highly Commended' in Sheffield Children's Book Awards, 2008. Twice shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Longlisted for Carnegie Medal, 2012.

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

Sean Taylor is an award-winning author of 40 books for young readers of different ages and has more than twenty years’ experience as a writer visiting schools, libraries, arts centres and prisons and museums. 

As well as readings and signings of his books, he offers performances featuring riddles, storytelling and poetry, creative-writing workshops and INSET sessions for teachers.

Sean has long experience of getting young people writing creatively. He uses a broad mix of starting points and exercises suitable for both large and small group work. Workshops build listening and critical skills as well as confidence around putting pen to paper. And Sean is especially keen on finding ways of sharing the writing students come up with. His visits end with impromptu sharing sessions. Longer projects often result in performances and book-making. These are some of the projects Sean has been behind since the 1990’s:

Twelve years leading a residential “Writing Weekend” for fifty year-six children from Harbinger Primary School, E14.

Ten years leading a two-week writing and music residency at The Cherry Trees School for boys with emotional and behavioural difficulties as part of the Spitalfields Festival Educational Programme.

Five years performing in The Storytelling Tree project in London parks, funded by The Corporation of London.

Writer/convenor for four intergenerational projects for the charity "Magic Me".

Writer/convenor for the “Free with Words” creative writing project at Rochester and Cookham Wood prisons.

Writer/convenor for “Creative Landscapes” project for excluded teenagers in Newham.

Writer/convenor for Eastside Arts’ writers' group for adults with learning difficulties.

Writer/convenor for the “States of Mind” poetry and film making project at Teyfant Primary School, Bristol.

Writer/convenor for the “On This Island” project at the Museum in  Docklands, involving sixty children from two schools on the Isle of Dogs, London.

Writer/storyteller at the Eden Project.

Writer/storyteller at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s “Adventures of Hamza” exhibition, 2003.

Writing residencies for a term or longer at the following schools: Bygrove Primary, London. Lewisham Bridge Primary, London. St John Baptist Primary, London. Marion Richardson Primary, London. Lawdale Juniors, London. Old Palace Juniors, London. Shapla Primary, London. Thomas Buxton Infants, London. Culloden Primary, London. St Paul's Way Secondary, London. Olga Primary, London, King’s College School, London. Daneford Secondary, London. Cannon Barnett, London. Saint Paul's School, São Paulo. St Nicholas School, São Paulo. Fonthill Primary, Bristol. Bank Leaze Primary, Bristol.

Sean has an “Artists Working in Schools” Certificate issued by the London Arts Board and training as a literacy teacher. 

Books
I have written more than 40 books for young readers including...
WHEN A MONSTER IS BORN
illustrated by Nick Sharratt
A BRAVE BEAR
CROCODILES ARE THE BEST ANIMALS OF ALL!
illustrated by Hannah Shaw
THE WORLD CHAMPION OF STAYING AWAKE
illustrated by Jimmy Liao
BOING!
illustrated by Bruce Ingman
WHERE THE BUGABOO LIVES!
illustrated by Neal Layton
HOOT OWL
illustrated by Jean Jullien
THE PURPLE CLASS SERIES
Comic easy readers set in an urban primary school
A WASTE OF GOOD PAPER
a novel for teenagers
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Genres:
Humour, Poetry, Sport

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

Keywords:
Skype Brazil Creative writing Poetry