Alice Hemming

Alice Hemming

Children's author, Ghostwriter, Non-fiction

Also writes as

Alice Thorp
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 1 to 3, Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Adult


Adventure, Comedy, Fairy tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Folklore, Humour, Picture book, Tall tale

Book types

Alphabet, Educational, Fiction for children, Fiction 5-9, Picture book





Booked for World Book Day 2022 and the whole of that week but some availability the weeks beginning 21st Feb and 7th March.

Now taking bookings for World Book Day 2023.



"The children were utterly captivated during Alice Hemming's visit to our school. She made her book come to life during the group read and helped us to understand how books are made - from concept through to production. The children produced some fantastic literacy work following Alice's inspiring visit, thank you so much!"
Ms Thomson, Applecroft School, Welwyn Garden City

“Alice delivered a variety of incredibly inspiring workshops. All staff were very impressed with the quality of teaching and activities planned. It was the most successful and memorable book week that we had ever had and I believe that Alice's workshops contributed to this fact. I fully intend on inviting her to our book week again next year!”
Ms Earl, Milwards School, Harlow

More references available on request.

About me

I am a children’s author based in Hertfordshire and have written over fifty books for children, including picture books, reading scheme and middle grade. Titles include the bestselling Dark Unicorns series (Scholastic), and picture book, The Leaf Thief with illustrator Nicola Slater (Scholastic 2020), which has sold across the world and been translated into fifteen languages. My school visits (Reception-KS2) tend to include an introductory assembly as well as workshops with individual classes.

I feel passionately about books, stories and writing and would love to come to your school to generate enthusiasm and excitement around the subject.

In the past I have worked as a professional librarian, a website editor and an Outreach manager for a university, so I have a background of working in schools.

I am DBS cleared and have liability insurance through NAWE.

About my author visits

I like to meet as many of the children as possible and will happily work with any Primary School year group, including Nursery and Reception.

A ‘typical’ visit would include a morning assembly, followed by workshops with each year group in their classrooms, but I am happy to work with an individual year group or key stage if you prefer.  Workshops I have given include the following:

Foundation: Book reading, acting out stories, Q&A, stickers for all!
KS1: Acting out stories, Creating a class poem, Character Workshop, Magic Story Bag workshop.
How an author works, Story Dice, The Cut Ups, Character Workshop.

Maybe you would like me to focus on a particular subject?  Or you currently have a particular focus, such as editing or writing?  Please let me know as I do like to work with individual schools to tailor a suitable programme.

I am also happy to talk to group of adults about writing for children or run a picture book writing workshop.

I am based in East Hertfordshire but happy to travel. I charge £400 plus expenses for a full day.

Books by Alice Hemming

I have written over fifty books for children, published in the UK and internationally, including novels, chapter books, picture books and reading scheme texts. I have also written for websites and a guided reading scheme.
The Leaf Thief

The Leaf Thief

Squirrel is so cross! Yesterday there were loads of beautiful leaves on his tree, but today? Today some leaves are missing! There's a LEAF THIEF on the loose! A brilliantly funny tale of one squirrel's enormous surprise at the inevitable change of seasons 
Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo

Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo

Things aren't looking good for class 4X. With another teacher running away screaming (literally), Arlo wonders how long the new supply teacher will survive. When Mrs Ogg takes them to the zoo, it is up to Arlo to keep everyone in line. What Mrs Ogg fails to mention is that this is no ordinary zoo... 
The Midnight Unicorn

The Midnight Unicorn

In a faraway kingdom, two girls live separate lives. Growing up in the wilderness of the west, Alette is the daughter of a sorcerer. In the warmth of the east, Audrey is the daughter of a baker. The girls could not be more different... and yet something draws them together. Are they connected by the unanswered questions of their pasts? Or by the identical pendants they both wear around their necks? Whatever it is, the girls are on a collision course that cannot be avoided, as a past they never knew they had leaves them hurtling towards a future they could never have dreamed of. Danger, mystery and enchanted unicorns await them. Their story began once upon a time. But how will it end? 
The Best Vest Quest

The Best Vest Quest

King Chester has a problem – his vest has a rip and a food splash on it. What can he do? He can go on a quest for a better vest! 
Arlo, Miss Pythia and the Forbidden Box

Arlo, Miss Pythia and the Forbidden Box

Arlo is back and this time, his teacher is from Ancient Greece. 
Rickety Rocket

Rickety Rocket

Meet Spacey Stacey and her band of fun friends! There is never a dull day on Planet Fiveways, where Stacey and her friends live. From space races to jetpack missions to outwitting pesky space bunnies, there is always a new adventure to be had. 
Rose Gold and friends

Rose Gold and friends

Friendship, fun and fantastically cute pets - Rose Gold and Friends is the sparkly new book on every child's wish list! 
Yasmeen's Winter Fun

Yasmeen's Winter Fun

Rose, Amber, Oralie and Yasmeen are the best of friends. They live far away from each other but always make time to keep in touch, and four times a year they all stay at each other's houses. This time the girls reunite at Yasmeen's house at Christmas time. Not all of them celebrate Christmas, but they are all ready for a fun weekend of cheesy films and songs, and cuddles with Yasmeen's dog Mable. Yasmeen's mum even said she'd take them ice skating! But when Yasmeen's mum becomes poorly, she's not able to take the girls anywhere, and Yasmeen is beside herself. She feels bad for her mum, but now the weekend is ruined - and what will the girls say? Well, she needn't have worried, because the girls know that being together is the most important thing of all, and as long as they are, everything will be alright. 
The Black and White Club

The Black and White Club

The penguins have started their own club but George the giraffe feels left out. He makes his own club, which is a lot more inclusive and a lot more fun! 
Map Scraps

Map Scraps

Phonics yellow level 
Bibble and the Bubbles

Bibble and the Bubbles

Bobby wonders where the bubbles go. 667 million miles away, Bibble wonders where they come from. So he climbs inside a bubble spaceship to find out...