I write picture books, including Spaghetti with the Yeti, Pizza for Pirates and School for Dads, with my husband Adam Guillain. I often write in rhyming text and love exploring funny ideas! I've also written over 100 non-fiction titles for primary age children on subjects that include biography, sports, art theft, spies, vampires, animals, countries of the world and many other things! The Street Beneath My Feet is a brilliant book to show the children on an author visit as there is so much to explore under the ground!
I can offer an author visit that caters for children across a whole primary school:
I usually focus on a couple of my picture books with Reception and Key Stage 1, getting the children (or teachers!) to join in, dress up and act out parts - this is lots of fun! When we're reading one of George's Amazing Adventures, I can even bring the puppet of George for the children to meet!
For Key Stage 2, I offer non-fiction-based workshops tailored to a range of topics to help children write their own texts. In these workshops, I show the children a selection of my books and talk about how I set about researching a new topic and write my ideas in my own words and for a specific audience. In a longer workshop, I can facilitate the children writing and 'publishing' their own books. I've run non-fiction sessions on space, the Anglo-Saxons, horses in the First World War, rainforest animals and the Paralympics and would be happy to work around your topics if I can.
Please contact me to discuss the type of visit you are looking for – I'd love to hear from you! I'm willing to travel far and wide - including other countries.
"I just wanted to say thank you for such a fantastic day. You provided a range of exciting and engaging workshops across so many year groups. Staff were really positive about the workshops, saying how much the children enjoyed them."
Priory Rise School, Milton Keynes
I love writing all sorts of books, fiction and non-fiction. Here is a small selection.