Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for school presentations, workshops, talks and writing projects,
I have over 120 books published and I love writing! I am a bit of a serial series writer with series such as 'School Friends,' about six Year 7 girls who share a dorm at a boarding school called Silver Spires, and 'Ballerina Dreams' about three friends who live for ballet! I have also written stand-alone books, such as 'Billie and the Parent Plan', and, released this year, 'Code Breaker.' My picture books include 'The Lost Broomstick' and 'Hurry Up Tractor!'and newly released, 'Peter and the Timber Wolf' which is a re-telling in contemporary verse of Prokoviev's famous story. Then I have first chapter books such as 'Stinky' and 'Fantasy Football Wall', and a series of books called 'Introducing Classical Music Through Stories', with titles such as 'The Dragon's Tale', William the Crack-Shot Kid and 'The Crazy Alien Ball.' I have also e-published a book called 'Too Close' for 10+ girls and I am working on a book for a similar age group called 'The Image of Caramel'. At the moment I am writing music curriculum for pre-schools in India as well as well as travelling in the UK and abroad giving interactive author presentations and leading workshops.
SCHOOL AUTHOR VISITS (timetabled to suit the school)
I offer three different packages.
1. Presentation based day
RECEPTION: Bringing stories to life through music and drama (40 mins)
YEARS 1 AND 2: Magical story and song (1 hour)
YEARS 3 AND 4: Plotting and pacing, music and story combined (1 hour)
YEARS 5 AND 6: Inspiration and Imagination! (75 mins)
WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY ON POETRY WITH MUSIC (optional)
SHORT TALK TO PARENTS: (optional)
SIGNING SESSION (optional) dedicating books to individual children as a memento of the day. (I will send you posters to advertise this, and a book list for pre-orders)
I like to work in a hall with a piano/keyboard and a CD player. There is a strong music and drama element in the presentations and they are all interactive and fun but with literacy initiatives that can be taken back to the classroom. I also show how a book evolves, and talk about how an author works, as well as reading from some of my books. My presentations are all age appropriate. Here's what some teachers have said...
'I have been responsible for booking 8 authors over the years and Ann is definitely my number 1!'
Helen Clarke, Librarian, St Teresa's, Effingham
'I cannot begin to tell you, Ann, how many teachers and staff have come to me since your visit and told me what a totally inspirational day they had.'
Carol Burman, Librarian, Welholme Academy, Grimsby
'Ann has no idea just how much she has done for these children. There is such a buzz right now.'
Sarah Sammut Librarian and Learnng Support, John Wallis C of E Academy, Kingsnorth
'Ann Bryant's visit was great! She had the children captivated from the word go. Despite having a few 'characters' in both Yrs 5 and 6, there was no problem with behaviour as they were all engaged with Ann. She also inspired my teaching! '
Sian Wilson, St Francis Catholic Primary School
'We have been lucky enough to have had many authors over the years, but Ann is the most dynamic author I have had the privelege to listen to. She is an inspiration to all of us!'
Alison Beauchamp-Ward, Frith Manor Primary School
'Not only were the children completely under Ann's spell as she read and talked about her books, but they learnt so much about books at the same time. The visit far exceeded our expectations and has also acted as a source of inspiration for children who are not keen readers.'
'Ann's visit was one of the highlights of our year. The Year Four children and staff were enraptured by her storytelling and didn't want the session to end. The CD books (Introducing Classical Music Through Stories) were a revelation, the children being completely spellbound by the mixture of music with fabulous words and pictures'
Jackie Mizon Sherrardswood School
'To keep the whole of Yr 6, who were sitting on a hard floor, engaged and inspired for over an hour, was quite something!'
Steve Elliott (Head Teacher)
2. Bring a book to life through drama - A Play in a Day!
I take any KS2 year group (or two year groups in a small school) and work with them in separate classes and then all together, on a dramatic production based on one of my books. We explore drama techniques such as chant, rap, song, dance-action, improvisation, percussion, to convey the emotions of a theme or storyline of the book.When the production is 'ready' the rest of the school are invited to watch. Following this, the teachers might like to set age-appropriate literacy tasks back in the classroom e.g. Year 1 might draw/paint a scene which particularly inspired them, and write a one-line caption, year 6 might write a review, Year 3 might write a poem. To round off the project I am happy to leave prizes for each year group, in the form of a signed copy of one of my books, then if the school wants to post me the various pieces of work I can then judge them and notify the school of the winners.
'Ann, got more out of our Yr 5 and 6s than I think myself or my colleagues have ever got!'
Dallas Courtenay-Warren, Notre Dame School, Guernsey
'A massive thank you for a brilliant day. I know all the teachers were very impressed with the work you got out of the children in such a short space of time and I know all the children loved it! It was incredibly powerful.'
Paul Cox, Head Teacher, Dallington Primary School
3. Poetry Workshops
Exploring poetry through music, action and drama. I have two large books of poetry published called 'Pictures, Poetry and Percussion'. After enjoying selected poems from these books, the children go on to create their own poetry. There are 4 workshops in a day - for Reception, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6.
If you are interested in a Q and A session on Skype, this can be arranged and customised. I recently Skyped with the infants at the school in Alderney, followed by the Yr 8/9s, with whom I did poetry technique. Contact me in advance to schedule an exact time and to discuss any questions you might be asking. I find that this works best if the class and the teacher work together and come up with a limited number of questions on which the whole class agree. Try to anticipate my answers and reward children who guessed correctly! In this way the children really listen to the answers rather than waiting for the next question each time!l If you want to combine this with hearing the results of a writing competition which I have will have judged in advance, that also maximises the use of the Skype call. The fee for this would cover the Skype call as well as any advance judging and preparation of answers.
JUDGING POETRY READING COMPETITIONS
I have a great deal of experience of this kind of work and like to provide very positive feedback.
I am based in Kent but travel all over the UK. Contact me through my website or my email address for more info including fees. I charge less if you want a visit in quieter months for authors, e.g. January, May, June, July, September, November, December!!
I am Patron of Reading for a federation of three schools near Heathfield, as well as for all the primary schools on the island of Guernsey, Alderney and Herm. I am Author Representative for the SLA, Kent.
I also do talks for creative writing workshops, groups such as the WI, and sixth form colleges, as well as after-dinner and after-lunch speaking.
I have written about 120 books, of which 80% are children's fiction, including illustrated books for young children, and books about emotions, families and friendships for older children.