Heather Butler

Heather Butler

Children's author

http://www.heatherbutler.info
enquiries@heatherbutler.info
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Available for

Educational, General enquiry, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Adult

Genres

Fiction

Book types

Fiction for children

Awards

  • Us Minus Mum was long listed for the Carnegie Medal, won an award from the UK LIteracy Association & was short listed for several other competitions.

Organisations

  • National Association of Writers in Education
  • Authors Abroad

Details

ABOUT SCHOOL VISITS

I usually create a communal story with whole key stages, year groups or classes. Children contribute ideas then vote on the plot line as it develops. This story-making is very interactive and I drop in 'top tips for writing' amidst lots of laughter and interaction. Returning to their classes, children then create their own stories based on the communal one while I lead workshops talking enthusing about the writing process and answering questions. I always talk the day through before I visit to make sure it's the best day possible for everyone. 

A teacher at Galley Hill Primary in Hemel Hempstead where I visited as writer-in-residence for ten years commented... 'Another amazing presentation, Heather. My class wrote their best stories EVER! Thank you! Your visits are so DIFFERENT and my class love you visiting us.'

ABOUT ME

I taught in UK primary schools for over 30 years and am passionate about helping children write more creatively, especially boys. This interest opened opportunities to lead education workshops to better help boys write followed by education resource books such as Literacy In Action: Football (published by Routledge) which is 24 lesson plans based on the beautiful game for yrs 5&6.  

I've been involved in lots of writing projects in primary schools; from a wonderful Creative Partnership writer-in-residence in Tower Hamlets where over a whole term I worked with children from years 1 to 6, most of whom used English as their second language to visiting fascinating schools in Poland, Croatia and America to lead writing workshops. 

I've written stories for the BBC, spoken on BBC's Woman's Hour, national conferences for librarians, the National Association of Writers in Education and Child Bereavement UK. An extrovert, I love meeting people. 

Check out www.heatherbutler.info for further details. 

Based in Amersham, I'll visit anywhere - in the UK or abroad. 

 

Books by Heather Butler

I have written over 30 books including Us Minus Mum which was long listed for the Carnegie and won an award from UK Literacy Association.

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The Milkshake Detectives

The Milkshake Detectives

Charlie and Julia are certain that the sleepy village of Peddle-Worth must contain some mysteries for their brand new agency - The Milkshake Detectives - to solve. All they need to do is find them! 
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Us Minus Mum

Us Minus Mum

George and Theo's Mum is brilliant, but she's ill and the boys have to keep her smiling. This is both a sad and funny book. 

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AUTHOR AWARD WINNING CREATIVE SCHOOL STORIES STORY TEACHER VISIT WRITER WRITING