I SHOULD STATE HERE THAT, FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, I CANNOT TRAVEL. Contactanauthor does not allow me to make this plain elsewhere and I apologise if you have landed on this page, expecting that I can travel to your class.
Until such a time as the pandemic allows me to get treatment, I cannot drive and coping with public transport is beyond me.
I can Zoom and Skype, though.
I can talk about how I became a writer, read from my books and answer questions.
I can be interviewed.
I can hold a 'story surgery' where I critque work sent to me previously by email.
I can tell some of the scores of traditional stories I know, or read them from my collections of re-tellings. It's great fun to tell a story to one group of children and then have them retell it to another group. They have to listen, remember and tell the events in the right order.
I can help children build a story, using visual prompts and guiding them to think of story arcs and the all important ending.
I can talk knowledgeably about self-publishing, as I was one of the first writers in the UK to self-publish and am a founder member of the Authors Electric Blog, where 29 self-publishing writers get together to share experiences.
What Would the Cost Be?
Even ten minutes requires discussion with the school and preparation. The charges below follow Society of Authors guidelines.
Ten to Fifteen minutes: £25
Twenty Minutes: £50
An Hour: £128
I was born, and still live in, the Black Country, near Birmingham. My background is not that traditionally associated with writers. My family were factory workers, I was raised on a council estate and educated at a comprehensive school. I've never been to university.
I have worked in universities, as a speaker and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. I wouldn't have qualified for entry as a student.
As a writer I've won several awards, the most noteable being the Carnegie medal for 'The Ghost Drum' and the Guardian for 'The Sterkarm Handshake.'
I've visited every kind of school in every part of the UK.I have led story workshops at Godolphin School in Salisbury and was, as always, impressed by the inventiveness and imagination of the children from the nursery up.
I also have fond memories of visiting a tiny Fenland Primary School and telling a 'forbidden door' story to the entire school body and staff (about ten children of all ages and two teachers.) There followed, among the children, a fierce philosophical discussion about whether or not it was wise to open forbidden doors.
And there was the Gorbals Primary where they asked me searching questions: "See you, how old are ye?" - "See you, how much d'youse earn?" - "See you, what car do youse drive?" I was happy to answer these questions, which I think entirely reasonable, though the teachers were having conniptions at the back.
Thank you for your attention. I hope I may virtually visit your school soon.
Susan Price has published over 60 books. Here are just five, which demonstrate the range of her work.