Richard Knight

Author of books for adults, Children's author

Richard Knight
Booking enquiry

Available for

Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop

Contact

email: richardknight12@btinternet.com telephone: 07968984997

Audiences

  • Age 5 to 7 (KS1)
  • Age 7 to 11 (KS2)

Awards

  • Shortlisted for the NDLA Flicker Tale Award 2011 (Winter Shadow)
  • Junior Library Guild Selection Autumn 2012 (Finn At Clee Point)
  • Shortlisted for The Manchester Fiction Prize 2013

Details

I have taught in primary schools for over 25 years. My first novel was 'Winter Shadow', published by Barefoot Books in 2009. My second novel, 'The Court Painter's Apprentice', was published by Catnip Publishing. My third novel, 'Finn At Clee Point', is published with Barefoot Books.

I love visiting other primary schools to run enthusiastic, active, fun days for pupils from year 3 to 6. I often use drama sessions to develop reading skills such as inference and understanding of character or to encourage creativity in fiction writing. Sessions can include opportunities to improve writing skills such as writing in role or character development. I have 'ready-made' sessions based on my own books but am happy to design projects / day sessions to suit an individual school's needs. Recent examples include: helping children to plan, write and improve extended stories and publish them in hand-made books; using film clips to develop an understanding of writing techniques for suspense stories; developing a quest story together (author / pupils) over a few days. Recently, I ran a six-week project working with a small group of talented year 6 writers to help them write and edit a short novel each. The school involved has since self-published the novels in an anthology. I can also incorporate working with iPads to enhance drama sessions and develop creative writing skills. 

Books

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Winter Shadow

Maria lives with her grandfather in a small mountain village in the snowy north. One winter morning, she spots a small grey bundle lying under a tree, half-covered in snow - a wolf cub. What should she do?
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The Court Painter's Apprentice

'Paint what you see, Johann; not what you think you see.' This is the advice that Hugo, master portrait painter, gives to his protege, Johann. But Johann's talent for painting the truth runs deeper than anyone can ever imagine.
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Finn At Clee Point

When Finn befriends the Finer family, outsiders in a close-knit fishing village, the bonds of friendship and loyalty are tested. Finn learns something about the hidden past of the village and has to make a difficult decision.
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The Best British Short Stories 2014

An anthology of short stories edited by Nicholas Royle
1905583222

Brace: A New Generation in Short Fiction

An anthology of short stories from Comma Press
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The Possibility of Bears

An anthology of short stories from Biscuit Publishing
1900072211

Arc Short Stories Vol. 9

An anthology of short stories from Arc Publications

Keywords

ANIMALS ART BOOK-MAKING CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS DIARIES DILEMMA DRAMA HISTORICAL FICTION INFERENCE IPADS MORAL DILEMMA PHILOSOPHY SETTINGS SKYPE STORIES SUSPENSE WINTER WOLF WOLVES WRITING