“A fantastic day! The children were very engaged and enthusiastic. All children were able to produce work as it was scaffolded for those children that needed it. Thank you for a great day.”
Would you recommend Antony to other schools? “Yes”
Debbie Hancock, Reid Street Primary School, Darlington
I was a primary school teacher for 18 years. Since childhood, I have had a passion for writing stories, and am delighted to now be visiting schools and enthusing children about the exciting processes of writing. I aim to show children that creating stories is a pastime everyone can enjoy - it is not just the reserve of those mysterious people we never see, called ‘authors’! Sessions are lively, fast-paced and fun.
I have a number of activities designed to share with children the pleasure of writing stories. I want to convey the idea that writing is purely an extension of the processes of playing, daydreaming and using your imagination, which we all love to do, and is therefore something for everyone to enjoy. My activities illustrate this vividly. I always try to include a Q&A session, so children can ask about the processes of writing and publishing. These lively sessions always seem to encourage interesting and searching questions.
Since one of my books is an anthology of limericks, I also have some great activities to teach children the limerick form and support them in the writing of their own limericks. Here is one of mine:
St George spent the bulk of his life
Fighting dragons with dagger and knife.
Though known as a mighty
And powerful knight, he
Was terribly scared of his wife.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Testimonials from some of the schools I've visited:
“The children all enjoyed the session and they were all amazed by your story telling skills. […] they were so engaged when you took them on the adventure. […] They have written some lovely recounts about the morning.
'He took us through a land full to the brim with many mythical lands: castles, villages, forests and more. From getting swallowed by sea monsters and coming face to face with hairy trolls, we were overwhelmed by the excitement in each of Anthony's stories at every edge of the map.'
'I would definitely recommend the author to visit other schools as it was interesting and helps your writing!'
'At 11:30 the session was over, I felt really sad because it was so much fun. When I went home, I started to write my own story.'
'Then the fun began, we had the chance to become 'adventurers'. With great enthusiasm, we started the expedition - I felt like I was going to burst with excitement.'" Sarah Dawson, Huntington Primary Academy, York
“Really good day that inspired the children to not only be creative and think about the adventure genre but also how to expand their written language in interesting, descriptive ways.” Mr Stephenson, Bullion Lane Primary School, Durham
“Teachers commented that the writing activity was brilliant.” Atkinson Road Primary Academy, Newcastle
“Staff said all pupils enjoyed the sessions - one teacher particularly liked the ‘sentence’ idea. All impressed that you marked the children’s work!” The year 4/5 teachers, Malton Community Primary School, North Yorkshire
Please see my website for more testimonials ('Schools' section) and information about all my books and school visits:
4 novels and a collection of funny limericks. My novels focus on dramatic themes and realistic dilemmas. The Grubby Feather Gang and Season of the Mammoth are short novels. More of these will follow in 2016 and 2017...