NS Blackman

NS Blackman

Author and illustrator of early chapter books, including the illustrated Secret Dinosaur series. Creative writing teacher for Kent Council.

Also writes as

Nigel Blackman
http://www.dinosaurbooks.co.uk/school-author-visit--ns-blackman.html
nsblackmanauthor@gmail.com
07956 245216
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Commission, Educational, Interview, Reading, Speech, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Further Education

Genres

Adventure, Fiction, Historical fiction, Magical realism, Mystery, Mythology, Picture book, Science fiction

Book types

Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13

Awards

  • Hull Children's Book Award

Organisations

  • The Society Of Authors

Details

During visits I often combine whole school assemblies with smaller classroom workshops - inspiring the children to read for pleasure and to develop their creative writing skills.  I have a track record in engaging more reluctant readers, and encouraging boys as well as girls to enjoy reading. The books highlighted here are perfect for enrichment of the dinosaur topic at KS1/ KS2 and the Saxon topic at KS2.  Freedom for Bron (Saxon fiction) also includes themes of migration, friendship and acceptance of others. 

Sessions: My sessions are fun, friendly and very interactive.  They include quizzes, role play, group story telling (where the whole class gets involved in telling a dinosaur story), on-the-spot illustrating/showing how my character illustrations developed over time, and of course reading from the books.  However no two visits are exactly the same - I liaise closely with the organising teacher and tailor visits accordingly - this is particularly true if a teacher wants to incorporate work they are already doing on dinosaurs or Saxons, or if they have already used or intend to use the literacy activity sheets that accompany my books. 

You can get a more detailed idea here: NS Blackman school visits

World Book Day 2019 - I'm now booked for next year's World Book Day, but do get in touch for availability around that time.

About Me: When I'm not busy writing, I teach creative writing to adults twice a week.  I love drawing, walking, family time and watching Dr Who!  I visit dozens of schools each year (all areas - last year I took the night train from London to Cornwall to visit schools, it was great!). 

If you'd like me to put you in touch with a school I have recently visited, do let me know.

Contact: nsblackmanauthor@gmail.com

Some recent teacher reviews (spring/summer 2018):

 “An inspirational visit – thank you – the children were so thrilled and will remember this for a long time.” Catherine Carter (London, June 2018)

 “I read The Secret Dinosaur with my year 3 class and they LOVED it – they made me read the second book and are completely hooked. I discovered Nigel through recommendation on a forum and his visit was fantastic – he was great at engaging the children."  Mandy Joslin (Dorset, July 2018)

The visit was a great success last week - please see below from a happy parent!... “Hi, Both R and E loved the visit from Nigel Blackman. The house is being filled with dinosaur pictures! Please do forward on my thanks and these pictures if possible.” Jennie Wallace (Bristol, March 2018)

 “We have children of all abilities and today I saw two of our boys in particular focused in a way they have never done before. Thank you!”  Jo Morris (Cornwall, March 2018)

 “I read the first book to my yr3 /4 class and they absolutely loved it. It inspired some fantastic writing even from the most reluctant writers. The children are so excited, thank you!”  Catherine Townshend (London, March 2018)

Some books reviews:

The Secret Dinosaur:

“Fast moving; rip roaring adventures …The characters and world building are believable which is no mean feat given the subject of the book!...  A welcome addition.”  School Librarian Journal

“5* dinosaur fiction …This is a fun and engaging world ... the books are a great fit for the target audience – straightforward, energetic and imaginative.” Bookbag Book Reviews

Freedom for Bron:

“This is an excellently written narrative that really evokes the period, bringing the reader an excellent cast of characters to relish ...the excitement of the period is conveyed really well, to draw in the reader.”  Parents-in-Touch

"A tour de force of accurate history and epic adventure scenes, this is a really great book for Year 5 and 6 children." The School Run

Classroom resources available (free PDF downloads on TES.com)

The Secret Dinosaur

Freedom for Bron (Anglo Saxon fiction)

Shortlisted for Awards

Freedom for Bron is among titles shortlisted for one of the most respected book awards for children in the UK: the Hull Children's Book Award 2017 for KS2, run by Hull City School Library Service. The shortlist of 5 is drawn up by a panel of teachers and librarians who survey all new titles for children published across the UK over the past year.

Championing literacy, comprehension and a love of stories

I was thrilled and delighted when The Secret Dinosaur - Giants Awake! was selected by Hodder Education to feature in their Literacy Course for primary schools. The course includes fiction by a few selected writers, including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl (and respected educationalist/poet Pie Corbett - who visited my school and taught me in the late 1980's - what great company to be among!). The course book uses the opening of The Secret Dinosaur as an exemplar of how to engage children into a story, encouraging them to read for pleasure.

 

 

Books by NS Blackman

The Secret Dinosaur - Giants Awake (2014), Hunters Attack (2015), The Lost Dinosaur (2015), Jurassic Adventure (2016), The Night Rescue (2017), Freedom for Bron (2017), The Silver Giant (2018)

978-0992752507
The Secret Dinosaur: Giants Awake!

The Secret Dinosaur: Giants Awake!

What if the dinosaurs came back? Impossible - that's what Marlin Maxton thinks until he makes a discovery that plunges him into an incredible adventure. "A fast-paced adventure, full of action, excitement and great characters" 
9780992752514
Hunters Attack!

Hunters Attack!

The dinosaurs are back! But not everyone is pleased to see them... A ruthless new enemy is heading their way and Marlin Maxton must act quickly to protect his friends. 
978-0993010576
Freedom for Bron - The Boy Who Saved a Kingdom

Freedom for Bron - The Boy Who Saved a Kingdom

A tale of friendship and the desire to belong, this adventure resonates with all children and immerses readers in the Anglo-Saxon era, with plenty of detail about the myths and culture of that time. 
9780992752521
Jurassic Adventure

Jurassic Adventure

The dinosaurs are in danger! It's their greatest adventure and Marlin Maxton is about to discover an amazing secret... 
9780993010569
The Night Rescue

The Night Rescue

The best dinosaur adventure yet! A mysterious stranger arrives at the museum and the Dinoteks attempt a dangerous mission to rescue a friend. 

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Keywords

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