I am an outgoing author, based in Southend but happy to travel. My stories, ideal for KS2, are funny, quirky capers, about ordinary children who form extraordinary plans to achieve their goal.
The workshops, talks and school visits that I run are fun, engaging, interactive sessions that will appeal to both boys and girls. For the Record, my first book, being all about Guinness World Records, goes down well with boys in particular. The Matilda Effect is particularly good for inspiring girls and STEM, and teachers have used this story as a springboard to talk about inventions, creativity and the Nobel prizes.
I talk about the challenges of being a writer, the books that inspired me, where ideas come from, how to create interesting characters, how to introduce conflict into stories, and also engage pupils in writing exercises to get the creativity flowing.
I have experience of running workshops with groups small and large, and am happy to give talks in libraries, festivals, schools, assemblies, and, on one occasion, a packed-to-capacity 500-seater lecture theatre.
Praise for 'THE MATILDA EFFECT'
'Seven-plus readers with greater stamina will devour Ellie Irving’s The Matilda Effect (Corgi), in which the eponymous frustrated inventor heroine finds out that her Grandma Joss once discovered a planet – for which her male boss got the credit. Hearing that he is about to receive the Nobel prize, Matilda and Joss set out to crash the ceremony and set the record straight. Warm-hearted and funny, this is a marvellous mix of righteous indignation and madcap race against time' THE GUARDIAN
WINNER of the 2018 HULL CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD
Shortlisted for the 2018 SHREWSBURY BOOK AWARD, 2018 HARROW JUNIOR BOOK AWARD, 2019 ST HELEN'S BOOK AWARD, 2018 OXFORDSHIRE BOOK AWARD
Nominated for the 2019 FANTASTIC BOOK AWARD
Longlisted for the 2018 REDBRIDGE CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD
Praise for 'FOR THE RECORD':
'A feel good family drama with plenty of humour and a great cast of crazy characters. Warm and touching, with lots of heart.' The Bookseller
'A fun-filled read' National Geographic Kids
And for 'BILLIE TEMPLAR'S WAR':
'Absolutely huge recommendation, a real must read; a complete gem of a book.' The Bookbag
'I thoroughly recommend this to anyone between eight and twelve. This is a very easy to read and enjoyable book, which is bang up to date in its themes. The Guardian
What critics say about 'THE MUTE BUTTON':
'Often downright hilarious and with moments of genuine pathos, this is a real class read.' The Book Zone.
'It is both hilarious and moving and has emotional issues that children can relate to.' The Guardian.
'If you want a comic book that will have you giggling from start to finish, this is it - and the feel-good factor lasts.' Parents in Touch.
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