I've attended hundreds of schools, libraries and academies up and down the UK. My books are enjoyed by reluctant and able readers. The adventures are filled with fast-paced action - edge-of-your-seat suspense, and a sprinkling of humour. Check out the 'Events Page' on my website - to make sure your date doesn't clash!
My school visits are fun and exciting. I'm very animated (meaning, I move around a lot on stage). I like to get everyone into a good mood, so there's a smile on everyones face when they leave. I'm available for assembly presentations with large audiences, anything up to 600 pupils (the more the merrier).
The presentation includes: How I became an author (I was a reluctant reader as a child). There are comedy sketches which involve (an FBI Agent chasing an ice-cube and, a killer salad).
I enjoy running workshops with a maximum of forty pupils. I find that is large enough to really get into the theme of the story. The names of the characters are generated from the children with my 'Hot Spot' ball.
What schools say about my visits.
'I'd just like to thank you for the time you spent with us here at 'The Gleddings Prep School Halifax' today. Our children had a wonderful day with you and learned a great deal about how to (and how not to) approach thier own writing. They are still 'Buzzing' about what happened in the wardrobe! I hope you are able to return to our neck of the woods sometime soon.
Susan Parsons English Specialist and MIV Teacher Leader - The Gleddings Preparatory School Halifax.
Colin R Parsons delivered an Able Writers workshop for years 5 & 6. He shared ideas for writing, and modelled various techniques, which the children were then able to use in their own work. He was enthusiastic about writing - and being an author, which inspired many of the children who attended the workshop.
Emma Jones Literacy Coordinator at Hornbean Primary School, Deal Kent.
Colin has visited St Francis Catholic Primary School on two occasions. In the Autumn term Colin led our Able Writers Day. First he ran an assembly for the whole school, where he shared with the children, his books and what inspired him to become an author. The children were also given the opportunity to have a question and answer session. This was greatly enjoyed by all of the children! For most of the day he led a workshop for Year 4's and Year 5's. During this session, the children were shown how to create exciting story starters, how to edit and improve their work further and read aloud with confidence. At the end of the day, Colin led a book-signing session, which all the children from across the school were able to attend.
During Book Week, Colin returned to St Francis to lead workshops with all our junior classes on fantasy stories. This was linked into our theme of, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. These workshops were received extremely positively by the children and they went on to create their own fantasy stories 'Journedy into the Unknown'.
Rebecca Lamb - Literacy Subject Leader - St Francis Catholic Primary School Caterham
It was a really good day with Colin R Parsons. Everyone from each school was enthused by his passion for writing, and his fantastic approach and advice in their writing of 'Death Trap' - the children at Welford were still talking about it days after.
Angela Williams teacher at Welford Primary School Birmingham
'I really want to be an author now, stories are so exciting to write.' - 'I enjoyed reading out my story and being able to be around a real writer.' - 'Everything was great on the Able Writers Day.' - 'I enjoyed the quiz.' - 'I liked the good scene-setting and the story template.' - 'I learnt more about science fiction and more about authors.' - 'I liked how we didn't write in silence.' Feedback from Harborne Primary School.
Alison Sprakling at Harborne Primary School Birmingham
We thoroughly enjoyed the informative and entertaining assembly and workshop you gave. The assembly was both funny and exciting and really captured the pupils' imagination. It was a real roller coaster ride through the Wizards' Kingdom trilogy with a sharp turn into The Curious World of Shelley Vendor and short visits to Katie Hinge and Crank Tech One. Every pupil was inspired and engaged in your every word. The Year 6 workshop was a perfect follow-up. They benefitted from the in-depth discussion on writing fiction and interactive, thought provoking short story you read. I know that the pupils' have been influenced by your visit and the books we have in our library are evidently popular with them all. Thanks once again.
Mr Kyle Winter (English Teacher) at Bryncethin Primary School
Colin R Parsons has made several visits to our school, since becoming an author, and has always been a source of inspiration to our pupils. His stories are captivating and the characters appealing to children across the primary age range. His animated presentations are a popular addition to our literacy provision, and have been invaluable in explaining and engaging pupils in the writing process. We are grateful for the input he has given to our school and look forward to working with him again.
Alison Hall (Head Teacher) Williamstown Primary School
Thank you so much for an invaluable visit to our school. The children were enthralled and gained a tremendous amount from the experience. The level at which the presentation and workshops were pitched (Keystage 2) was just right and the children were extremely impressed with meeting a 'real' author. It has been inspirational and we will recommend your visits to other schools.
Mrs Elizabeth Wheeler (English Teacher) LLanilltud Faerdref Primary School
Thank you so much for visiting our school and capturing our pupils imaginations. Colin came to our school as part of our library project - children are now queuing up to have opportunity to read his fabulous books. The pupils loved Colin's fun-filled presentation and our children were inspired to activeley create their own characters and stories. In fact our writers club has been inundated with children wanting to sign up! Colin was not only entertaining but incredibly informative. Thank you so much Colin for giving our pupils a wonderful experience.
Mrs Melanie Miller (English Coordinator) Ystruth Primary School
Pupils were really engaged in the activities. All loved listening to Colin's stories and were eager to join in asking questions. The children enjoyed the workshop and were fully immersed in the process of writing the short story.
Mrs L Jacobs (English Teacher) Rhydypenau Primary School
The school hall was very warm this morning yet you managed to keep almost 400 children sat still, animated and on task not to mention the staff. It was very enjoyable and they produced some fantastic short stories in class after being inspired from your assembly. Well done.
Angela Wood teacher Oasis Academy Henderson Ave Scunthorpe
I have written many books including: the Wizards' Kingdom trilogy - The Curious World series - Crank Tech One and House of Darke, and D.I.S.C. Direct Interface Shadow Control..