I love visiting schools! I taught for over 30 years (latterly part-time) and have fulfilled writer-in-residences, including a Creative Partnership residency in Tower Hamlets and writing workshops in schools in Poland, Croatia and Florida.
My favourite thing is creating communal stories with whole key stages. Children vote on the plot line I help them develop. My style is to be very interactive with children, dropping in 'top tips for writing' amidst lots of laughter and child-centred ideas. With the community's story as a stimulus, children then return to class bases to create their own stories while I lead workshops talking about writing, my books and where I get ideas from; followed by questions from the floor. I always talk the day through before I come to make sure it's the best day possible for your school.
I've spoken on BBC's Woman's Hour and national conferences for librarians, the National Association of Writers in Education and Child Bereavement UK.
Check out www.heatherbutler.info for further details.
Based in Amersham, I'll visit anywhere - in the UK or abroad. I have Public Liability Insurance, love meeting new people and charge in line with the Society of Authors rates.
I have written over 30 books including Us Minus Mum (which picked up an award from UK Literacy Association and was long listed for Carnegie).