Mimi Thebo

Mimi Thebo

Engaging and Inspiring School Visits and Writing Workshops That Really Work

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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Interview


Age 5 to 7, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, University


  • Booktrust 'Future Classic'
  • Centurion Award Finalist
  • Carnegie Medal Longlist
  • UKLA Longlist
  • Royal Literary Fellow
  • Hawthornden Fellow
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Author of Dreaming the Bear, Coyote Summer, Hospital High, and Drawing Together...

'...captures an authentic teen voice...the writing is hauntingly beautiful.' The Bookbag

'Empathetic, vivid and humane...' Sunday Times

'A skilled storyteller...' Publishers Weekly 'Not for the faint-hearted... expert rite-of-passage...' The Observer

'...movingly explores the interconnectedness of our minds, bodies, spirituality and physical environment...' BookTrust

School Visits


Mimi Thebo does 'certified inspirational' school visits that make students and staff feel energised and uplifted. She visits around 50 schools a year and talks mainly to KS3 students about reading for pleasure, resilience and coming back from failure. She uses details from her own life and her writing to inspire and motivate young people. 

Mimi's talks use humour, research in brain development and Mimi's own writing and are interactive and quick-moving - very centred on the young people's own experience. The talks really get the school buzzing. Mimi is passionate about her work with schools, and recently made a blog about why she does it (you can see this below)


Mimi leads guided writing sessions that truly engage participants in an imaginative experience. 'I can't believe he wrote that much. He's never written that much before,' is a frequent comment from teachers. Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol, Mimi has nearly twenty years' experience in Creative Writing pedagogy at all levels - from Year 2s to PhDs. Her workshops really work and students typically produce writing of a very high standard. 


'Thank you so very much for coming to Blundell’s today and sharing your extraordinary talent with our pupils. Not only were they fascinated to hear of your writing and the tales that go with, but the life’s lessons made an enormous impact too. As a department, we are so grateful that you promoted reading, as this is an area that we are striving to build a culture of, within the school...The pupils have been raving about you all day and, as I said, your books went flying out of the library.' Blundell's School

'The English staff were buzzing and all commented on how Mimi was interesting, engaging, creative and inspiring... Mimi connected with the students really well. The whole school keeps telling me how fantastic Mimi's visit was.' Lutterworth High

'I am a science teacher, yet I was so gripped by Mimi's assembly last week...truly inspiring. Thank you.'  Stonehenge School

Based near Bristol, Low travel charges (electric car) and flexible rates. Get in touch to discuss your visit from Mimi!


Mimi is based near the University of Bristol, but will travel throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. She will also undertake Skype visits and will do 15 minute Q&A sessions via Skype at a very reduced cost. Her fees are based on Society of Authors rates, but she frequently offers special rates, especially for two or more schools to work in partnership.  

Books by Mimi Thebo

Mimi has published 11 books for children and adults. Her work has sold over half a million copies, been translated into 12 languages, was adapted for a BAFTA award-winning film and has been read on BBC Radio Four. Current books include:

Coyote Summer

Coyote Summer

Expelled from school, Jules is sent to her American mother's family farm - deep in rural Kansas. There she meets an outcast coyote - they both must find their ways home. 
Dreaming the Bear

Dreaming the Bear

A 'hauntingly beautiful' story of a British girl in the Yellowstone wilderness and the bear she befriends. 
Hospital High

Hospital High

When Mimi was 14 years old, she died in a car accident and spent 3 years in and out of hospital. This is that story. 
Drawing Together

Drawing Together

When Lucy starts a new school, she draws alone at playtime. But soon...she's not alone anymore. 

Photos and videos

Mimi Thebo - first image
Mimi Thebo - first image
Mimi Thebo - first image