Elka Evalds

Elka Evalds

Children's author, YA author

Also writes as

Valija Evalds
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Further Education, University, Adult


Fairy tale, Fiction, Magical realism

Book types

Fiction 5-9


  • The Guardian Children's Book of the Month 28 December 2019
  • The Times Children's Book of the Week 30 November 2019



I have twelve years experience as a university lecturer in art history, and three years in the education department of the Corinium Museum, where I teach school groups about the horrors and glories of the Roman Empire. My approach is dynamic and socratic, whatever the age group, whether you want to learn about the history of illustrated books, write your own story, create a picture book, or enact a tale that we spin as we go. I deeply enjoy interacting with children, even the so-called problem ones, and I leave teachers with ideas for further activities. 

Event feedback

She was great!

Marianne Barton (Stroudwater Textile Trust)

Books by Elka Evalds


Granny Magic

Will's granny was a boring old lady who baked fruit cake and knitted tea cosies - or, so he thought. But when she passes away and dodgy Jasper Fitchet moves in to their village, dark magic begins to unravel in Knittington. Can Will and his gran's old knitting club tie Fitchet in knots? With the help of her old motorbike and a flock of magical sheep, they might just do it ... so long as they don't drop a stitch.