Hi! I'm Tom Vaughan and I write funny middle-grade books full of lots of heart and humour. As well as plenty of laughs, my books cover important topics that are close to my heart. My debut book Bin Boy was published by Scholastic in 2021 and is about navigating the change that step-parents and blended families can bring. My second book, A Gangster Stole My Trunks touches on both divorce and dementia, as well as being a cracking whodunnit.
I regularly visit primary schools and love delivering funny, inspiring workshops for KS2 children. As well as exploring how to write funny stories and characters.
I am available throughout Yorkshire and the North-East.
Nothing beats getting out there and talking to school kids in person.
I'm available for half-day and full-day visits.
These include an interactive assembly on how I come up with ideas for my books, a story about my journey to publication and books that inspired me, a short reading then insight into how I create silly characters, followed by a hugely fun all-assembly activity where we design a silly supervillain together, all capped off by a Q&A. This is suitable for KS2 assemblies and lasts 45-60 minutes.
This can then be followed by interactive story-writing workshop with individual classes, where work together to come up with our own story ideas and learn how to turn them from an idea into a full story. Suitable for KS2 classes of up to 30 children.
All of this can end with a book signing, working with a local bookshop so pupils have a copy to take home.
£150+VAT for a half-day visit including an assembly up to two sessions, plus travel charged at 45p a mile.
£250+VAT for a full day visit including an assembly and/or multiple sessions, plus travel charged at 45p a mile.