Damian Harvey

Damian Harvey

Author of over 160 Children's Books

www.damianharvey.co.uk
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book

Audiences

Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 16 to 18+, University, Adult

Genres

Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Crime, Fable, Fairy tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Fiction narrative, Folklore, Historical fiction, History, Horror, Humour, Legend, Mystery, Mythology, Narrative non-fiction, Non-Fiction, Picture book, Poetry, Realistic fiction, Science fiction, Short story, Tall tale

Book types

Fiction for children, Fiction 4-11, Fiction 5-9, Non-fiction for children

Details

Hello and thanks for taking the time to look at my profile...

I've written over 160 books for Primary School aged children (including some of the popular Project X books) and I love visiting schools to share my passion for stories, reading and writing. I work with all Primary School Aged Children so your Whole School will be included in a visit. My sessions are designed to motivate young readers and writers and I've visited hundreds of schools in Great Britain (and abroad including Switzerland, Belgium, Uzbekistan, Poland) so it doesn't matter how near or how far away you are... I will be delighted to come along.

I'm very flexible with what I do in school and am more than happy to work with you to fit in with your school's needs and what you want to achieve. As a rough guide, I generally offer two types of session. These are flexible and can be combined throughout the day...

Session type 1 - Performance 

A fun and lively mixture of storytelling and chat with sessions suitable for children from Nursery to year 6. 

These sessions work equally well with single classes or much larger groups.

As well as sharing stories and poems, I talk about different aspects of writing; from getting ideas, editing and drafting to what it's like being an author. Audiences get the chance to see books and stories in progress and get an insight into how a book is made - generating ideas, drafting, editing, reworking and even the illustrations and layout.

Although structured, these sessions are very flexible, so it allows each one to be unique to the group I'm working with and ensures that the children get as much from the sessions as possible. Children (and adults) always have lots of questions to ask and I'm happy to answer any and all that I can as the session goes along. I have found that this helps to make every session different and interesting to each individual and helps create a real buzz.

Length of session - 20/30 minutes for Nursery, 30/45 minutes for Reception, 45/60 minutes (or more) for other year groups.

Number of children - From a single class to multiple classes or year groups. (During the course of a day I will be able to do sessions with the whole school)

Location - A suitable classroom, library, or hall.

Materials - A table to work from, and, if showing how I get ideas and building up a story, an interactive whiteboard/flip chart and pens.

 

Session type 2 - Fiction Writing Workshop

I really enjoy working with a class to create characters and build up a story together and it's great to see the children's confidence increase as the sessions progress. 

Starting with a blank sheet, the children get to see the whole story writing process - from getting the initial idea to writing and editing etc - it also gives them complete ownership of what they have produced and a real sense of achievement. I'm also more than happy to work on a specific area of writing or on a topic or theme if it fits in with what you are doing in school e.g. Traditional Tales, Twists in the Tale, Greek Myths, Space, Dinosaurs, Vikings etc etc... please feel free to suggest.

Length of session - 1 hour (the maximum time is completely up to you - and I'm more than happy to spend a day with a single class or return to school for extended projects). 

Number of children - for writing, preferably a single class.

Materials - An interactive white board that I can write on with the interactive pen. (This means that whatever I do can be saved so th children can refer back to it later. (Alternatively, a flipchart with paper or a normal whiteboard.)

Location - A suitable classroom. 

Writing Workshop - Non-fiction

In my non-fiction sessions I work with a class to look at the writing of non-fiction books. We start by looking at the difference between fiction and non-fiction and consider some of the similarities. We look at the ways in which we can conduct research for non-fiction books and the different ways of presenting the facts and information to make our writing more interesting and inviting to readers.

I can turn my hand to most topics but can readily take on subjects about which I have written and researched including - Dinosaurs and Fossils, Vikings, Space, Flight, Christopher Columbus, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth I, L.S. Lowry and more... feel free to suggest a topic.

 

What people have said...

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"Thank you for empowering the children's love of reading. The children thoroughly enjoyed the event and have planned projects in class inspired by the day. Highly Recommended." Jenny Boyle - Sandilands Primary, Manchester.
 
"Damian was absolutely fabulous with the children! Right from the start, he captivated all year groups and kept them motivated throughout. By using humour with his stories, the children continually had smiles on their faces and loved the characters they created in the writing workshops!"  
Natalie Fleming - Our Lady & St Anselm's RC Primary, Rochdale
 
"Fantastic in all aspects. Thank you Damian, all our pupils enjoyed your assembly and workshops. Staff very impressed too." - Alison Barrett - Kingshot School, Hitchin.
 
"Thank you to the amazing @DamianJHarvey who came to our school to celebrate World Book Day 2018! I have never heard so much laughter around school - my favourite World Book Day yet!" Sarah Holden - Eastergate Primary School.

 

"Thank you very much for a fantastic day in school. We have received a huge amount of positive feedback from children, staff and parents. Everyone enjoyed the high energy delivery of the workshops. Your input on the day was the best possible way to promote the opening of our new school library and stimulate reading in school."   Mr P Mansfield - High Oakham Primary. 

 

"We have never laughed so much! you were fun, a fantastic storyteller, and amazingly grabbed everyone's attention from Reception to Year Six. The children were excited, inspired amd thrilled by your stories. Your enthusiasm as an author certainly rubbed off on them. Everyone was delighted with your author sessions and your great talent for storytelling and sharing anecdotes. in a comical way that made everyone double up with laughter. This is certainly a visit that will be hard to forget. Once again, and enormous thank you for visiting our school."      Gail Courtney - Primary Coordinator, Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, Switzerland.

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the inspiring workshops that you presented to the children at Unicorn. A fun time was had by all and I know that we will be very happy to recommend you to other schools."       Natalie Crowe - Unicorn Primary School, Bromley.

 

I have public liability insurance - £10 million

I also have a current Enhanced DBS Certificate

Event feedback

Fantastic in all aspects. Thank you Damian, all our pupils enjoyed your assembly and workshops. Staff very impressed too.

Alison Barrett (Kingshott School Pre-Prep and Nursery, Hitchin, Hertfordshire )

Thank you for empowering children's love of reading. The children thoroughly enjoyed the event and have planned projects in class inspired by the day. Highly recommended.

Jenny Boyle (Sandilands Primary School)

Damian was absolutely fabulous with the children! Right from the start, he captivated all year groups and kept them motivated throughout. By using humour with his stories, the children continually had smiles on their faces and loved the characters they created in the writing workshops!

Natalie Fleming (Our Lady & St Anselms)

Books by Damian Harvey

Damian has written over 160 books for Primary aged children including titles for Project X, Collins Big Cats, Reading Champions, Reading Planet, and lots more...
9781445180953
Global Heroes - Bushfire Rescue

Global Heroes - Bushfire Rescue

Join our team of Global Heroes in this fast-paced, science-themed chapter book as they undertake a daring rescue mission to save wildlife trapped by burning bushfires in the Australian outback. 
978-1445182988
Waves of Waste (Global Heroes)

Waves of Waste (Global Heroes)

Join our team of Global Heroes in this fast-paced, science-themed chapter book as they aim to rid the seas of the rising pollution and waste, but must also keep their eyes open for unsavoury villains. 
978-1445182964
Arctic Adventure (Global Heroes)

Arctic Adventure (Global Heroes)

Join our team of Global Heroes in this fast-paced, science-themed chapter book set in the abominably cold arctic! 
978-1445182971
Rising River Escape (Global Heroes)

Rising River Escape (Global Heroes)

Join our team of Global Heroes in this fast-paced, science-themed chapter book as they rush to rescue wildlife from the rapidly rising flood waters in Madagascar ... 
978-1445171760
Freya The Brave

Freya The Brave

Freya doesn't always feel brave, but she tries her best. And when she sneaks away on a Viking adventure, she proves herself braver than most. 
978-1445165318
The Flight Of Icarus

The Flight Of Icarus

The story of Icarus and Daedalus and their daring but ill-fated escape from Crete after being imprisoned by King Minos. 
9781445168807
Gelert the Brave

Gelert the Brave

Gelert is the prince's favourite hunting dog. He is loyal and trusted. When Gelert must save the prince's baby son from a fierce wolf, tragedy strikes.  
978-1445165110
King Midas

King Midas

In this retelling of the Greek myth, King Midas learns what true value means when his greed robs him of everything that he holds most dear. 
978-1445165073
The Blitz Baby

The Blitz Baby

During a bombing of Plymouth in World War 2, a German plane is shot down near Jenny and Thomas's house. They long to investigate, but they hear something and decide to investigate first. They are soon in grave danger, needing help from the last source they would expect. 
978-0198391876
Smelly Socks and Terrible Tangles

Smelly Socks and Terrible Tangles

In Smelly Socks and Terrible Tangles, Yan meets a mysterious sock-eater and Nelly gets a bird's-eye view of hair care. Find out where all the missing socks go and what happens if you never brush your hair. 
978-1445165370
Prince Rama and the Demon King

Prince Rama and the Demon King

In this retelling of the Diwali story, we join a family who are celebrating Diwali and learn about Rama's greatest adventure, defeating the demon king. A story full of action adventure and magic. 
978-1445132976
History Heroes Neil Armstrong

History Heroes Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong was involved in one of the most memorable events of the twentieth century - the moon landing! 

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Damian Harvey - first image
Damian Harvey - first image

Keywords

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