I'm able to teach creative writing workshops for all Key Stages, and love brainstorming with students on ways to help Mother Nature through the arts whether that be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or creative works. I regularly visit schools, libraries, and local youth groups to find eco-initiatives we can roll our sleeves up and tackle together for the community, and have spoken on multiple podcasts and radio stations about the power of literature as a form of peaceful activism.
I'm available within my local community of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, and I can offer virtual events for schools further afield.
Options available: Half Day Visit / Full Day Visit / Virtual Sessions
*School assembly (Journey as an author / power of words in literature / what is climate fiction / writing for nature etc)
*Discussion groups (as above or based on one of my titles ie: Earthlings - what is your favourite Earthling and how can we help them etc)
*'Behind the books' group sessions
*Read along with Q&A session
*Writing for nature workshops (these are a firm favourite with students!)
*Poetry workshops (another firm favourite with students!)
"Ray came to our school on World Book Day and made the day very special. She addressed a whole year group of year 7 students, talking about her passion for the environment and her inspiration for writing ‘Earthlings.’ She also took creative writing workshops with groups of year 8 and year 9 students, helping them craft their own stories about the environment. The results were excellent and we were very proud of what our students were able to achieve with Ray’s help.
Definitely the best World Book Day that I’ve experienced and well worth the effort to organise the day. Ray’s enthusiasm is infectious and she was a delight to welcome to the school."
- Helen Harrington, School Librarian, Robert Barclay Academy.
** Read more testimonials here.
"Earthlings is a coming-of-age novel set in a world turned upside-down, a magickal and absolute joy to read"
- WATERSTONES BOOKSELLER
"Stunning. An unputdownable debut from Ray Star"
"An Enid Blyton of the social media age"
- THE HECKINGTON POST
"The most important book I've ever read, I couldn't put it down."
- CEO VEGAN CHOICE AWARDS
"Genre-defying. A magickal unique tale of loyalty, respect, and love. Left me breathless."
- BUTTERFLY BOOK CLUB
“Powerful. Immersive. Compelling. Absolutely Brilliant.”
- BETTY’S BOOK SHOP
"Beautiful writing. The Narnia of our time."
- INDEPENDENT REVIEW
“Superb storytelling with a real-world message.”
- HENRY & HENRY