Alice Hemming

Children's author, Ghostwriter

Available for:


Contact: Please email me at or complete the contact form on my website.

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2)


WORLD BOOK DAY 2018: I am now taking bookings.


"The children were utterly captivated during Alice Hemming's visit to our school. She made her book come to life during the group read and helped us to understand how books are made - from concept through to production. The children produced some fantastic literacy work following Alice's inspiring visit, thank you so much!"
Ms Thomson, Applecroft School, Welwyn Garden City

“Alice delivered a variety of incredibly inspiring workshops. All staff were very impressed with the quality of teaching and activities planned. It was the most successful and memorable book week that we had ever had and I believe that Alice's workshops contributed to this fact. I fully intend on inviting her to our book week again next year!”
Ms Earl, Milwards School, Harlow

More references available on request.

About me

I have had five picture books and numerous early readers published  as well as a chapter book for 7-9s. My first book, The Black and White Club, was chosen as a 2015 Summer Reading Challenge book and was read by Sir Derek Jacobi on CBeebies bedtime stories.

I feel passionately about books, stories and writing and would love to come to your school to generate enthusiasm and excitement around the subject.

In the past I have worked as a professional librarian, a website editor and an Outreach manager for a university, so I have a background of working in schools.

I am DBS cleared and have liability insurance through NAWE.

About my author visits

I like to meet as many of the children as possible and will happily work with any Primary School year group, including Nursery and Reception.

A ‘typical’ visit would include a morning assembly, followed by workshops with each year group in their classrooms, but I am happy to work with an individual year group or key stage if you prefer.  Workshops I have given include the following:

Foundation: Book reading, acting out stories, Q&A, stickers for all!
KS1: Acting out stories, Creating a class poem, Character Workshop, Magic Story Bag workshop.
How an author works, Story Dice, The Cut Ups, Character Workshop.

Maybe you would like me to focus on a particular subject?  Or you currently have a particular focus, such as editing or writing?  Please let me know as I do like to work with individual schools to tailor a suitable programme.

I am also happy to talk to group of adults about writing for children or run a picture book writing workshop.

I am based in East Hertfordshire but happy to travel.  I charge £350 plus expenses for a full day.

I have written eleven books including young fiction, picture books and early readers. I have also written for websites and a guided reading scheme.
Rickety Rocket (isbn:978-1848862302)
Meet Spacey Stacey and her band of fun friends! There is never a dull day on Planet Fiveways, where Stacey and her friends live. From space races to jetpack missions to outwitting pesky space bunnies, there is always a new adventure to be had.
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Bibble and the Bubbles (isbn:978-1848861152)
Bobby wonders where the bubbles go. 667 million miles away, Bibble wonders where they come from. So he climbs inside a bubble spaceship to find out...
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The Black and White Club (isbn:978-1848860964)
The penguins have started their own club but George the giraffe feels left out. He makes his own club, which is a lot more inclusive and a lot more fun!
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Late for the Party (isbn:978-1781278185)
Alfie needs to get ready for Lily's party. His mum tries to help, but somehow everything starts to go wrong. Will Alfie be late for the party?
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The Northern Lights (isbn:978-1781278369)
What are the Northern Lights? Why do the appear? Where can you see them? The answers are all in this book. The Northern Lights is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Purple Book Band.
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A Gold Star for George (isbn:9781848861718)
The Heavenly Hippos Wildlife Park is awarding gold stars to the animals. George the giraffe has a perfect spot on his fence. But will he win a gold star?
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Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Society of Authors (SoA)
National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)

Other search criteria:

Book Type:
Non fiction for children, Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Educational books

Picture books, Reception, Nursery, KS1, KS2, Assembly, Editing, Writing