Alice Hemming

Alice Hemming

Children's author, Ghostwriter
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Commission a book, Interview, Talk, Workshop


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Adult

Book types

Alphabet, Educational, Fiction 5-9, Picture book


  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • Society of Authors (SoA)
  • National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)



"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 have had five picture books and numerous early readers published  as well as a chapter book for 7-9s. My first book, The Black and White Club, was chosen as a 2015 Summer Reading Challenge book and was read by Sir Derek Jacobi on CBeebies bedtime stories.

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 £350 plus expenses for a full day.

Books by Alice Hemming

I have written eleven books including young fiction, picture books and early readers. I have also written for websites and a guided reading scheme.

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 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! 
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. 
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! 
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... 

A Gold Star for George

The Heavenly Hippos Wildlife Park is awarding gold stars to the animals. George the giraffe has a perfect spot on his fence. But will he win a gold star? 

The Northern Lights

What are the Northern Lights? Why do the appear? Where can you see them? The answers are all in this book. The Northern Lights is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Purple Book Band. 

Late for the Party

Alfie needs to get ready for Lily's party. His mum tries to help, but somehow everything starts to go wrong. Will Alfie be late for the party?