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. Recently I 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.
A non-teaching friend once asked me, in bafflement, "When you go into these schools, what do you do?"
Well, here are some of the things I've done in schools.
I've talked about how I became a writer, read from my books and answered questions.
I love traditional stories and know scores, so I often tell them or read from my retellings. 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've helped children build their own 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 do I charge for school visits? A fee, plus travelling expenses.
For a full day, the fee is £350 and, for a half-day, £200 (because a half-day takes me away from my own work, in preparation and time spent travelling, just as much as a full-day.)
My hourly rate is £50 an hour.
I travel by car and charge 45p per mile.
Whenever I'm asked to go into a school, I immediately go on-line, find the school, calculate the distance and provide a quote for the full cost.
I can often bring books to sell, if asked.
Thank you for your attention. I hope I may visit your school soon.
Susan Price has published over 60 books. Here are just five, which demonstrate the range of her work.