Tom Vaughan

Tom Vaughan

Children's author

www.tomvaughan.net
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview

Audiences

Age 7 to 11

Genres

Comedy, Fiction

Book types

Fiction 8-13

Organisations

Details

Hi! I'm Tom Vaughan and I write funny middle-grade books full of lots of heart and humour. As well as bags of surreal-ness, loads of silliness and often a good smattering of supervillains, my books cover important topics that are close to my heart. My debut book Bin Boy was published by Scholastic in 2021 and is about navigating the change that step-parents and blended families can bring. My second book, A Gangster Stole My Trunks (which will be published by Scholastic in July 2022) touches on both divorce and dementia, as well as being a cracking whodunnit.

I regularly visit Primary Schools and love delivering funny, inspiring workshops for KS2 children. As well as exploring how to write funny stories, my author visits incorporate conversations about these subjects and how funny books can help us relate to issues in the world around us.

I am available throughout London and South East England to deliver everything from virtual workshop sessions to full-day visits.

 

"Tom was a wonderful visitor to our school. He inspired and entertained our children across the whole primary age range, telling the story of his journey towards publishing his first book, 'Bin Boy', bringing to life his cast of exciting characters and their adventures. This was such a treat for all the children." 

Samantha Rudge, Head of English, St Christopher's The Hall School, Beckenham

 

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

A 30-minute sessions of my workshop called HOW TO BE SUPER FUNNY, which explores how I create funny, fictional characters such as silly supervillains, and touches upon some important elements of story-telling - all in a fun, accessible presentation with lots of popular-culture touch-points to help engage the children, followed by a Q&A.

Price: £60 for a 30-minute virtual workshop

IN-PERSON VISITS

Nothing beats getting out there and talking to school kids in person!

I'm available for half-day and full-day visits.

These include an interactive assembly with a reading, a talk about how I come up with ideas for my books, a story about my journey to publication and what it takes to be an author, followed by a Q&A. This is suitable for whole-school assemblies.

This can then be followed by interactive sessions of my HOW TO BE SUPER FUNNY workshop with individual classes, where work together to come up with our own funny characters and build a story around them. Suitable for KS2 classes of up to 30 children and runs for roughly one hour.

Alternatively, I love running STORY workshops for older KS2 pupils, looking at what a story is, what makes it work, and the important elements every story needs to grip its readers.

All of this can end with a book signing, working with a local bookshop so pupils have a copy to take home.

Prices:

£200+VAT for a half-day visit including an assembly up to two sessions, plus travel charged at 45p a mile.

£300+VAT for a full day visit including an assembly and/or multiple sessions, plus travel charged at 45p a mile.

 

"I can thoroughly recommend a visit from Tom;  he was engaging and funny! The class loved creating their own Supervillains, as well as having the opportunity to ask questions about the book and the writing process."

Jane Atkin, KS2 Lead, West Hill Primary, Wandsworth

 

Books by Tom Vaughan

I write funny middle-grade books with lots of humour and heart. My debut book Bin Boy was released by Scholastic in July 2021, with a second stand-alone book due to be released in 2022. Described by Scott Evans the Reader Teacher as "a right laugh" and by Lou Kuenzler, author of Our Beautiful Game and My Family and Other Ghosts, as "a brilliant, bonkers, brain-burstingly funny book" it is the story of an unlikely superhero coming to terms with the death of his father and his new step-family.
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Bin Boy

Bin Boy

Many children think their step-parents are super-villains . . . but what if they really were? 10-year-old Billy's mum has just re-married, and his new step-dad Phil is smarmy and try-hard . . . Even if he is super rich. On top of that, Billy – and his best-friend Viv – are so unpopular at school, only the IT Club rank below them in the school food-chain. And, the school bully keeps throwing bins at Billy's head. So, when Billy discovers his step-dad is a super-villain with an evil plan to destroy the entire world, it is the perfect excuse to break Phil and his mum up. But gathering evidence about a super-villain is harder than it looks, and when Billy accidentally becomes 'Bin Boy' – a superhero sensation – things become a whole lot more complicated. Suddenly the fate of the global population is on Bin Boy’s shoulders. Can he save his family and the entire world?! 
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A Gangster Stole My Trunks

A Gangster Stole My Trunks

One boy's mission to take down a team of super-villains ... with the help of his boring, dishcloth-selling grandad? When Jesse's grandad wins tickets to a retirement cruise and offers to bring Jesse along, Jesse is not exactly thrilled. A boat load of old age pensioners?! No thanks. Not to mention that he's pretty sure his parents are going to be talking about a D.I.V.O.R.C.E. while he's safely out of the way. But from the moment the pair arrive on the cruise ship, it's a different story. Mysterious cat burglars, crime lords and smugglers all seem to be on board ... and odder than that, Gramps knows them all! When an attempted murder occurs, Jesse decides it's time to find out what they're hiding, and catch the villain responsible. But Gramps might be hiding the biggest secret of all ... can Jesse unravel the mystery, before time runs out? 

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Keywords

ASSEMBLIES CHARACTER CHILDREN'S BOOKS COMEDY CREATIVE WRITING FUNNY HUMOUR KS2 MIDDE-GRADE PRIMARY SCHOOL STORY-TELLING SUPER VILLAINS SUPERHEROES TALKS WORKSHOPS WORLD BOOK DAY