Hello! My name is Jemma, and I write stories for the young and the young at heart!
Over the years I've lived and worked in London, Exeter, New York and Delaware, and am now living close to where I grew up in Sevenoaks, Kent.
I'm best known for The Adventurers Series, featuring a group of children and their Border collie as they travel everywhere from Cornwall to Cairo in search of treasure, adventure and fun! In 2021 my first book, The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle, was translated into Estonian and Finnish!
In 2021 my first non-Adventurers book, The Treasure of Tea Towers, was published by Klett Sprachen in Germany.
A good book becomes like an old friend, being revisited again and again. I hope to entertain young readers with adventures and laughs to enjoy alongside the characters.
I'm available for both in-person and online bookings. I'm based in Sevenoaks, Kent, hold a full UK driving licence and am open to travel!
I have completed DBS checks and have a current Enhanced DBS Certificate, as well as public liability insurance.
Recent bookings include delivering primary school workshops; being a panellist on a writing & publishing careers event for university students and an interview with BBC Radio Kent.
"Great workshops, which encouraged the children to use their own thoughts and ideas and to build on them. Jemma made time for the children, so that they could ask and answer questions. As a result of Jemma’s enthusiasm and encouragement, a small group of children have now started a writing club and are also writing their own book. A very inspiring experience!"
Year 6 Teacher, Greenhill Primary School
"I loved the meeting with Jemma Hatt !!!!!" / "I really enjoyed it, it was great fun" / "it was very interesting"
Year 4 students, Sutton-at-Hone Primary School
"The children absolutely loved it, and it was great for them to hear from you, especially as you spoke so highly and the importance of reading.Thank you for your time and talking about the books too. The children have thoroughly enjoyed creating their own characters."
Year 2 teacher, Springwell Park Primary School
“Both workshops were fully booked and received excellent feedback from attendees.”
Librarian, Sevenoaks Library
“Our pupils were hooked… every bookworm’s perfect day.”
Headteacher, Kemsing Primary School
I am pleased to offer virtual and / or in-person visits which can include a combination of the following sessions:
- Talk / presentation about me and my writing - can be tailored for Key Stage 2 or full school assemblies
- A reading from one of my books (suitable for Key Stage 2, ages 8-12)
- Creative writing workshops Key Stage 2 students (ages 7-11)
- Book signing
I try to be as flexible as possible - if you have any specific requirements, please get in touch!
I have written five books to date in The Adventurers Series: contemporary, humorous stories following a group of children and their Border collie as they solve mysteries everywhere from Cornwall to Cairo. The first Adventurers book has been translated into Estonian in 2021, with more languages to come! 'The Treasure of Tea Towers' was published by Klett Sprachen in April 2021, and is designed to help students in Germany learn English in a fun and exciting way.