email:firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01749 812288 Mob: 07929 513822
A bit about me:
I write and illustrate picture books for children, and have over 30 titles to my name. One of these books, 'Little Robots', was made into a 65 episode animated TV series for the BBC, and has been shown in over 70 countries. I helped to develop and design the series, and wrote several of the shows.
'Ten Little Pirates', which I wrote, was published to great acclaim in July 2013 by Orchard. The Pirates were soon joined by 'Ten Little Princesses', 'Ten Little Dinosaurs', 'Ten Little Monsters','Ten Little Elves', and most recently 'Ten Little Superheroes', which went straight to the top of Waterstone's Best Selling Picture Books list on its release in August 2017.
As both a writer and an illustrator, my talks include live drawing, and school visits can contain any of the following: exuberant book readings with audience participation; drawing sessions which can include how to draw a particular character and how to draw different facial expressions; craft sessions; a Powerpoint/Keynote talk about how a book can develop from a simple doodle to a book and a TV series; developing your own characters and writing your own picture books.
I have several activity sheets for younger children that I've developed over many visits, which can prove popular for follow-up classroom sessions.
Talks can be for individual classes or whole year groups, and mainly range from Reception age through to Year 3, though I give talks up to Year 6 as well.
I will need:
An empty table near the flipchart for the display of artwork and other objects to show the children.
For the Powerpoint element, I'll bring a memory-stick, but will need you to provide the usual Audio/Visual equipment.
It's nice to do book signings (complete with individual drawings!) at the end of sessions, if feasible. I can provide instructions on how to involve local, independent bookshops and template letters to inform parents of the event. But provided I can drive to your school I can also bring my own supply of books to sell if that would be your preferred option.
I live in Somerset, but am happy to travel to other parts of the country. I usually adhere to the Society of Authors guidelines on pricing -- £250 for a half day and £350 for a full day, plus travel expenses and accommodation where necessary.
I've written and illustrated many books for children. These are just some of them.