Sally Nicholls

Sally Nicholls

Sally Nicholls
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview


Age 1 to 3, 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


Adventure, Drama, Fairy tale, Fiction, Fiction narrative, Folklore, Historical fiction, Literary realism, Mystery, Mythology, Mythopoeia, Non-Fiction, Picture book, Realistic fiction, Short story

Book types

Fiction 4-11, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Picture book, Young Adult


  • Independent Bookseller's Week, Children's Winner
  • Carnegie Medal - shortlisted
  • Guardian Chlidren's Book Prize - shortlisted
  • Costa Book Award - shortlisted
  • Waterstones Children's Book Prize


I have extensive experience of giving school talks and writing workshops and can tailor my event to your needs. However, some of the talks I offer include:

The Button Book (EYFS)

I read from The Button Book, help the children to tell a story together, and run a short craft activity (optional).

Who Makes a Forest? (EYFS, Key Stage 1)

I read from Who Makes a Forest?, share forest facts with the children and run a short craft activity.

Little Gems (Key Stage 1)

I read from my Little Gems (Billy Button: Telegram Boy, All About Ella and The Great Telephone Mix Up). I talk a bit about how I became an author and how I come up with ideas for my stories and help the children to come up with a story idea together.

A Chase in Time (7-9)

Event based around my series of timeslip adventures. I read from the books, talk about how I became an author, and share strange and gruesome historical facts about underwear, strange foods, and how people went to the toilet in different times!

General Author Talk (Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5, adult)

I read from my books, talk about how I became and author and how I come up with my story ideas, and take the children through the genesis of one of my more recent novels.

All Fall Down (Yr 5, Yr6, Key Stage 3)

Talk based around the Black Death. I give a broad historical context, read from the book, and run an interactive Would You Have Survived the Black Death? game.

Things A Bright Girl Can Do? (Yr6, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5)

Talk based around the suffrage movement in Great Britain. I give a broad historical context, share audio recordings of Suffragettes talking about direct action and hunger strike, and draw links between the suffrage movement and modern activism and feminism.

Story-Building Workshops (4-adult)

An interactive workshop, in which young people build a story together based on audience suggestions.

Creative Writing Workshops (8+)

I run a variety of workshops including, but not limited to, creating stories based around objects, exploring the senses, writing riddle poems, and creating a story based on creative prompts.


I charge £200 for an hour-long session or £400 for three hours, plus VAT and travel from Liverpool. I can run sessions for an entire primary school, and will speak to as many young people as you can fit in a hall! I have run writing workshops with as many as 200 children, but these tend to work best with smaller groups, as young people have more opportunity to share and discuss their work. If you have something specific you'd like me to do, get in touch!

Event feedback

A wonderful event, Sally gave interesting, inspiring talks for our younger students and a brilliant creative writing workshop for our GCSE students. Many thanks!

Melissa Bleakley (Millfield Science and Performing Arts College)

Books by Sally Nicholls

I am a multi-award-winning author for young people, living in Liverpool. I write for all ages from teenagers (Things a Bright Girl Can Do, The Silent Stars Go By) to middle-grade (Ways to Live Forever, An Island of Our Own), younger fiction (A Chase in Time), early readers (Billy Button: Telegram Boy, The Great Telephone Mix-Up and picture books (The Button Book, Who Makes a Forest?) I can deliver a whole-school visit, focusing on different books for different age groups. I have been delivering school talks and workshops since 2008. I can offer specific talks based around individual books (eg. a Suffragette-based talk for Things a Bright Girl Can Do) or a more general talk about my life as an author. I also run creative writing workshops. I'm very flexible and happy to alter my presentation if you have specific needs.

Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2019, National Book Award, Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards and the YA Book Prize. Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote. Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom. May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice? 

The Silent Stars Go By

Seventeen-year-old Margot Allan was a respectable vicar’s daughter and madly in love with her fiancé Harry. But when Harry was reported Missing in Action from the Western Front, and Margot realised she was expecting his child, there was only one solution she and her family could think of in order to keep that respectability. She gave up James, her baby son, to be adopted by her parents and brought up as her younger brother. Now two years later the whole family is gathering at the vicarage for Christmas. It’s heartbreaking for Margot being so close to James but unable to tell him who he really is. But on top of that, Harry is also back in the village. Released from captivity in Germany and recuperated from illness, he’s come home and wants answers. Why has Margot seemingly broken off their engagement and not replied to his letters? Margot knows she owes him an explanation. But can she really tell him the truth about James? 
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A Chase in Time

The old gilt-edged mirror has hung in Alex's aunt's house for as long as he can remember. Alex hardly notices it, until the day he and his sister are pulled through the mirror, back into 1912. It's the same house, but a very different place to live, and the people they meet need their help. Soon they're caught up in car chases and treasure hunts as they race to find a priceless golden cup - but will they ever be able to return to their own time? From multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls, A Chase In Time is the first in a brilliant time-slip adventure series for 7+ readers, beautifully illustrated inside by Rachael Dean, with cover illustrations by Isabelle Follath. 

Ways to Live Forever

My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody will answer. "Ways To Live Forever" is the first novel from an extraordinarily talented young writer. Funny and honest, it is one of the most powerful and uplifting books you will ever read.  
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The Button Book

Here’s a button. I wonder what happens when you press it? From a singing button to a tickle button, from a rude sound button to a mysterious white button, there’s only one way to find out what they do... A remarkable adventure powered purely by imagination, where the sounds, songs and play are completely up to you and whoever you're sharing this wonderful book with. This picture book will take you on a magical journey of colour, imagination, and play with a wind-down bedtime ending (unless you’re asked to read it again). 

Who Makes a Forest?

Who makes a forest? A wizard, a giant, an emperor? Come on a walk with Grandpa to discover how a forest is made, and see how a thousand tiny things can come together to change the face of the earth… Poetically written by award-winning Sally Nicholls and beautifully illustrated by Carolina Rabei, this gorgeous book features a non-fiction section about the different types of forests around the world, their importance to our ecosystem and the impact of deforestation on our planet. 

The Great Telephone Mix Up

When the village wires get crossed after a storm, there's a lot of confusion and plenty of missed connections. Margaret can't run her summer fair, Jai can't speak to Aditi, and Will is rather happy because no one can tell his mum how much trouble he's in! Can the villagers learn to love their neighbours and could the great telephone mix-up really be a blessing in disguise? A charming, funny, family adventure bursting with wonderful characters.