Planning ahead for 2018/19 – My most popular primary school sessions cover creative writing, literacy, illustration, story telling, dinosaurs, adventure fiction and Anglo-Saxon history topics - but if you have a specific idea, just ask!
When I'm not busy writing, I visit dozens of schools each year (area: London and south/central UK, full UK and international visits with travel expenses). Special schools, home education groups (all ages) and libraries also catered for.
References available (or ask for impartial recommendations on professional forums).
Here are some of my most recent teacher reviews (spring/summer 2018):
Catherine Carter (London, June 2018) “An inspirational visit – thank you – the children were so thrilled and will remember this for a long time.”
M Joslyn (Dorset, July 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 with stories and inspired them with his illustrating tips.”
Jennie Wallace (Bristol, March 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.”
Jo Morris (Cornwall, 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!”
C Townshend (London, 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!”
2018/19 Visit options:
I'll try my best to make your day work smoothly - you can choose from day visits, full school assemblies, class visits and workshops.
Rates: full day and half day bookings in line with Society of Author guidelines.
Reserve your date – or just find out more: email me at email@example.com or call 07956 245216
Classroom resources available (free PDF downloads on TES.com)
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 the Hodder Primary Literacy Course. 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 1980s - what great company to be among!). The course book uses the opening of The Secret Dinosaur as an exemplar of how to draw children into a story.
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)