I'm Paul Nolan: some days I write for children; some days I teach children; all days I parent children. It's a busy life!
At the end of the week you will find me ensconced in the classroom, probably inspiring creative writing when I should be teaching mechanical writing! I'll keep rebelling until they catch me. However, for the better part of the week, when I'm free of my shackles, you might find me researching for my latest historical book, or nose to the keyboard, tapping a tune as I travel back in time.
Some days, you might even find my alter-ego in another school, dancing with a dinosaur, or beneath a table with a bunch of four and five years old, searching for an ancient egg. I'll go wherever the writing takes me!
Between us, my alter-ego and I can offer the following:
So why me? Well, here's but some of the reasons!
What children have said about my school visits:
"I have enjoyed writing my viking story with a partner. It's fun to work together. Mr. Nolan helped make writing more enjoyable." Jasmine (11)
"I learnt how to make my stories more exciting." Jasmin (7)
"Mr. Nolan made me think differently about writing stories." Rosie (10)
"I have learnt that using too much dialogue slows a story down." Zelia (10)
" I really enjoyed writing a deathly story with a person I do not usually work with." Gracie (9)
"I learnt a lot about how to scare a reader and how to start a horror book." Daniel (9)
"I liked the FEAROMETER because it showed how scared I was." Mikun (9)
"I loved listening to The Forsaken Queen." Jasmine (10)
"I have learnt how to engage the reader quickly." Melia (10)
"I have learnt how to use shapes as a good image." Matthew (10)
"I liked how we used the FEAROMETERS to understand how the characters are feeling." Holly (8)
And the teachers are impressed too:
"What Paul did with my class has made a huge difference. Since his visit I have seen a big improvement in the quality of their writing. They have absorbed the advice he has given them and they are now writing consistently at an even higher standard." (Laura 18+)
So there you have it! Who I am and what I can offer.
Children often ask me if I'm famous! One day I hope they won't have to ask! Until then though, you should be able to book me!
Since turning my hand to writing 2 years ago, I have had 3 books published. My readers will confirm that first and foremost, the books are thrilling, page turners but that also, within the pages lies a vivid depiction of what life was like in the period.