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