Justin Davies

Justin Davies

Children's author for ages 7-14

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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14


Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Magical realism, Mystery, Mythology, Suspense-thriller

Book types

Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13


  • Fantastic Book Awards Winner 2021



I love doing school visits! In fact, the best thing about being a children’s author is meeting readers. 

Since being published for the first time I have gained extensive experience in schools throughout the UK, as well as appearing at several major book festivals, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and working collaboratively with library services. I have also worked as a classroom assistant at primary level. 

I am available for in-person & virtual school visits for P3-P7 (Scotland), KS2 years 3-6 (England & Wales).

I offer assembly-style talks and classroom-based workshops. A typical day-long visit might include a whole-school assembly followed by two or three workshops on character, plot & settings. Book sales and signings can also be arranged. I can adapt my visits according to age group and class size. Shorter visits are also available. I am happy to tailor my sessions to meet your requirements and can link content to the curriculum. 


Examples of assembly sessions:

'Secrets, seaweed & scoundrels!' (ages 9+)


In this visit we’ll learn how & why I became a children’s author and take a peek into my author’s toolkit. Then we’ll look at some of the ways I created the murky, misty world of my most recent book, Haarville, drawing on all of the senses. Along with a reading from the book and a Q&A, there’ll be a chance to create your very own fishy, sea-weedy menu inspired by the foraging skills of Haarville’s townsfolk.

'Monsters, mysteries & mayhem!' (ages 7+)

In this visit we’ll learn how & why I became a children’s author and then delve into my author’s toolkit. We’ll also find out why writing funny stories is the best job in the world. I’ll read from one – or maybe even both – of my hilarious monster stories, Help! I Smell a Monster & Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf, and answer your questions in a Q&A. There’ll also be time to create your very own ‘Monster Top Trumps’, or perhaps take part in a wild ‘Werewolf Howl-Off’!


Virtual School Visits 

My virtual school visits are extremely popular. In fact, they enable me to visit schools anywhere in the UK and beyond! A virtual visit can be as long or as short as you like. They are also an affordable way to bring a real-life children’s author into your classroom! 

  • Virtual visits are typically 45-60 mins
  • I can offer a variety of sessions for different year groups.
  • I have Zoom Pro – no cutting sessions short after 40 minutes!
  • Contact me to discuss details.

I am based in central Scotland near Edinburgh and am happy to travel throughout the UK and overseas! 

My fees for author visits are competitively-priced and I can offer discounts for multiple sessions. Please see my website for more details or email me: justin.davies.author@gmail.com

What they’re saying about me!

Justin really engaged the pupils. There were lots of laughs and he really sparked their imagination to read.’ Teacher, Lawhead PS, St Andrews.

What a super opportunity for the children to meet such an engaging author. Fostering a love of books early in a child’s life is such an important thing and Justin really hit the mark today.’ Teacher, Lawhead PS, St Andrews.

It was fun and amazing, he’s really inspired me to be a writer and to make books at home.‘ Pupil, Lundin Mill PS, Fife.

I enjoyed the visit because Justin was nice and told us things about writing that I didn’t know. The story was really good.’ Pupil, Lundin mill PS, Fife.

You have inspired me to be an author when I am older. Since you visited our school I have
been reading twice a day!‘ Isla, Year 4, Gorseybrigg Primary School, Derbyshire.

Since you visited our school, you have inspired me to become an author when I am older. I am now reading twice every day.‘ Finley, Year 4, Gorseybrigg Primary School, Derbyshire.

Books by Justin Davies

I write fiction for ages 7+. My most recent book, Haarville, is a darkly comic, mystery adventure for ages 9+. My first two books, Help! I Smell a Monster & Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf are laugh-out-loud adventures with added monsters, suitable for readers 7+.


Welcome to Haarville -- if you've arrived, you've survived. Off the grid and not on the maps, it's a place shrouded in fog and steeped in pungent pongs. Everything here smells fishy, especially the town's suspicious new arrivals. Twelve-year-old Manx Fearty is an orphan (his family has a terrible habit of dying, terribly), and now he's about to lose their perpetual device shop to sinister newcomers claiming to be long-lost relatives. As he sets out to prove them wrong, Manx finds himself on the trail of a murky, mist-muddled mystery -- and it's one he needs to solve fast, otherwise Haarville is doomed. With the help of his fiercely protective drag-queen guardian Father G (aka the fabulous Gloria in Excelsis), loyal best friend Fantoosh, and oystercatcher-with-attitude Olu, Manx wades through secrets, schemes and some stomach-churning seafood. Can he save both his family's legacy and his town? Darkly comic but full of heart, this quirky middle-grade mystery adventure from Justin Davies, award-winning author of Help! I Smell a Monster and Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf (Orchard Books), is perfect for fans of Malamander and A Series of Unfortunate Events. 

Help! I Smell a Monster

This book STINKS . . . of monsters! A hilarious, prize-winning debut, perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart and David Solomons. When Alice is sent to stay with her Uncle Magnus, she soon realises that his job agency isn't quite ... normal. It helps monsters find work that makes the most of their unique talons - er, talents. Alice is shocked to discover that monsters are EVERYWHERE. There's even a Cyclops working in the castle as a pastry chef! But when he suddenly disappears, Alice smells something fishy. Can she and her uncle sniff out the missing monster before it's too late? Lancashire Library Service Fantastic Book Award 2021 Winner! 

Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf

A celebrity shapeshifter takes the werewolf world by storm in this frightfully funny read, perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart and David Solomons. In Help! I Smell a Monster, Alice MacAlister saves the world and finds out that she's a monster. Now, the twelve-year-old werewolf is back and thrilled to be nominated for a Nessie award in the Bravest Monster category. She can't wait to meet the ceremony's host, celebrity werewolf vlogger, Kiki. But Kiki isn't at all how Alice imagined she'd be. In fact, she doesn't seem like a werewolf at all . . . Alice and her new friend, a young French werewolf named Louis, smell a rat. But when an ancient shapeshifter steals Alice's body and goes on a crime spree, she finds herself in trouble with the human police AND vampire secret agents! Can Alice and her monster friends prove her innocence and stop the shapeshifter from destroying the world? 


Justin Davies - first image
Justin Davies - first image
Justin Davies - first image
Justin Davies - first image