"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
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I have had novels, chapter books, picture books and early readers published by different publishers including Maverick, Collins Big Cat and Scholastic. 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.
KS2: 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.
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.