Daniel Ingram-Brown

Daniel Ingram-Brown

Author & playwright. Inspiring reluctant readers & writers. "The room was buzzing. Daniel really has the knack of firing children's imaginations."

http://www.danielingrambrown.co.uk
daningrambrown@live.co.uk
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Available for

Commission a book, Interview, Reading, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Further Education, Age 16 to 18+, University, Adult

Genres

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Fiction narrative, Magical realism, Narrative, Science fiction, Short story, Stage/Screen

Book types

Anthologies, Fiction for adults, Fiction 8-13, Fiction for young-adults, Young Adult

Awards

  • Taner Baybars award for original writing in the field of science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. Awarded by the Society of Authors Authors' Foundation.
  • Creative Writing and Drama in Education. Deans Award for Academic Achievement at Masters Level.

Organisations

Details

Thanks for visiting my Contact an Author page!

As a published author, I love visiting schools to inspire students to read and write for pleasure. I have over fifteen year's experience of visiting primary and secondary schools across the country and offer one-off workshops, day visits and longer residencies. My approach and qualifications include:

    • Building students’ investment, ownership and enjoyment of creative writing.
    • Encouraging reading for pleasure.
    • Co-creating stories with students using drama, oracy and other interactive techniques to inspire un-confident writers and reluctant readers.
    • Modelling writing as a career through Q&As, writing alongside students, book readings and signings.
    • Asking critical questions to encourage young people to develop empathy, understanding and wisdom through writing.
    • Author of The Firebird Chronicles for children aged 9-12: Rise of the Shadow Stealers (2013), The Nemesis Charm (2016) and Through the Uncrossable Boundary (November 2018), published by Our Street Books.
    • Recipient of the Taner Baybars Award (2016) for original fiction in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Magical Realism, awarded by the Society of Authors Authors' Foundation.
    • A Masters in Creative Writing and Drama in Education, graduating with distinction and the Deans Prize for Academic Achievement at Masters level (2019).
    • Current research exploring adoption through creative writing by undertaking a doctorate at Leeds Beckett University.
    • Artistic Direction of Theatre in Education company Suitcase and Spectacles.
    • First story Author in Residence, currently working with two secondary schools in West Yorkshire.
    • Part of Leeds Beckett University’s Storymakers Company, a collaboration of writers, drama practitioners, academics and educationalists sharing research and best practice to inspire and empower young learners.

Day visits often include a whole school assembly, workshops for specific classes or year groups and a book signing. Please get in touch to talk about specific requirements. Below are some of the workshops I offer. I can also design bespoke workshops according to your needs. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have a suggestion or question. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Meet the Author

An assembly style talk and Q&A with readings

Suitable for Key Stage 2 upwards. The session can be adapted for different ages.

Meet author and playwright Daniel Ingram-Brown and Apprentice Adventurers Fletcher and Scoop from The Firebird Chronicles. Hear about their exploits at Blotting’s Academy, the place where all story characters are trained, and listen to Daniel read from his latest book, Through the Uncrossable Boundary. Ask questions about what it’s like to be an author and about the plays and books he’s written.

This session is half an hour long. It can be targeted for a particular year group or is suitable for the whole school. It’s an exciting start to a full day’s visit and will get the whole school buzzing about books!

“Visiting Emerald Publishing was such an amazing experience and offered an interesting insight into the world of writing and publishing. I particularly loved hearing from author Daniel Ingram-Brown who spoke about his experiences as an author… He was open and honest about any questions we had for him. I really welcomed the feedback he gave me on the short 500-word story... Overall, my peers and I really enjoyed the visit, and we will definitely be submitting our stories to their creative writing contest.”

Meliazah McMahon, Student

 

Make A Monster!

A hands-on workshop to develop a shared story with a twist.

Suitable for Key Stage 2 and 3

From snake-haired Medusa to dark wizard, Lord Voldermort, the monster is one of the oldest and most powerful images in storytelling. In this workshop, Daniel uses ideas from his book, Through the Uncrossable Boundary, to guide students to create their own monstrous nemesis and create a shared story with a surprising twist. In the workshop he asks, ‘What makes a monster monstrous?’ and explores why some monsters are not as they seem.

During the workshop, students will write character and setting descriptions, focusing on the senses. They will explore different types of writing, both descriptive and persuasive, and develop a plot structure with a critical question at its core. The workshop will encourage writing-in-role and investment through drama, positioning the students as monster hunting experts with their own role within the team. The students will be encouraged to ask questions about the traditional character of the monster, stepping into its shoes in order to see things from its point of view with the aim of growing empathy and understanding for difference.

Daniel will give readings from his books as part of the workshop.

This workshop is 1-2 hours long and is designed to take place either in a classroom or in the school hall. The session works for a single class but can be tailored for larger groups (up to 90 children).

“It was brilliant… The children were so engaged… They went on to do lots of follow up work. The teachers also said they were ‘inspired’... The aim was to inspire children to read and that was very much achieved. The workshops also inspired them to write too!”

The Grammar School at Leeds

 

Create your own Adventure Story

A hands-on workshop in world building, character development and narrative conflict.

Suitable for Key Stage 2 and 3

In this workshop students create a giant scrap-map island, populate it with characters and challenge those characters with death-defying quests and adventures.

During the workshop, students will use physical props to encourage imaginative investment leading to writing of setting descriptions. There is a focus on creating place names and narrative from geography. They will develop a character, using drama techniques such as hot seating to deepen the character’s backstory. As a threat approaches the island, the students will develop a shared narrative with a critical question at its core, using discussion and oracy to develop the story before writing as individuals. The workshop will encourage writing-in-role and investment through drama. The students will be encouraged to ask questions about how we deal with challenges to our community, with the aim of growing empathy and understanding for those who might be seen to be outside of that community.

As part of the workshop, Daniel reads from Rise of the Shadow Stealers and his other books.

Length: 1.5 hours – half a day.

Space: Either a classroom or a hall, but with clear floor space and at least half an hour to set up and fifteen minutes to pack away.

This session is for a single class or a targeted group who would benefit from using external stimuli to encourage writing.

“The room was buzzing all afternoon and Daniel really has the knack of firing children’s imaginations, especially boys. He helped the children to create their own individual stories whilst working in a collaborative way to build a wonderful island in the middle of the library. It was fantastic to see the children growing in confidence during the afternoon and being able to share their thoughts and ideas with their peers in a supportive atmosphere.”

Wendy Kent, Service Development Officer at Knaresborough Library

 

Voyage to the Unknown

A series of six, hour long workshops based on the Odyssey, through which participants co-create a story set in space.

Suitable for Year 6 and Key Stage 3.

In the year 2020, twelve intrepid crews of explorers were thrust into a dangerous and secret mission… What would they encounter? What would be their fate?

Based on the ancient Greek epic poem, the Odyssey, this series of workshops explores themes of identity, home and otherness through this story of adventure, monsters, camaraderie and friendships put to the test. The series reimagines the story in space, Odysseus’s ship becoming a spaceship and the islands becoming planets and stars. Each session opens with a thematic stimulus drawn from contemporary culture – Twitter profiles, newspaper articles or images – and then uses a short visualisation script to draw participants into the imaginary interstellar world, where they are asked to write as ‘themselves and not themselves’, drawing on their own real-life experience but also freed by the distance of time and space to use their imaginations. Participants then co-construct the story, for instance through speaking out ideas, discussion, corporate drawing or drama, harvesting the ideas through individual and shared writing, resulting in a rich mix of poetry, script, newspaper articles, autobiography and genre-based narratives.

There are six workshops in this series, all between 60 and 90 minutes, covering character development, setting, worldbuilding, structure and plot. The material can be adapted to suit the length of time you have. Some of the workshops stand alone, others can be combined to make day-long or weekend sessions. Let me know what your requirements are, and I can suggest the best combination.

“I am so proud of what our students have achieved. It would not have been possible without all your guidance and assistance.”

Zebun Javed, English Teacher

“Another brilliant session… students have been coming into the library to say how much they enjoyed it.”

Dianne Blashill, School Librarian

 

The Encounter: Bea’s Backpack

A series of six workshops that explore home, displacement, loss and belonging through the co-creation of a magic realism story.

Connected to my current PhD exploring adoption through creative writing this series of workshops focuses on character creation using objects, maps and writing setting, worldbuilding and magical encounters. The workshops use drama techniques and oracy to create a shared story, building investment that inspires individual writing using diaries, poetry, description and narrative. The students are encouraged to use their own real-life experience to construct the fictional world.

Through these workshops I will introduce my current work in progress, Bea’s Witch, and talk about my process as a writer. I will use Bea’s Backpack – a series of props I’ve created that belong to my main character – to think about how objects help us to tell stories, asking the students to make connections and work out who the objects belong to and what their story might be.

There are six workshops in this series, all between 60 and 90 minutes, covering character development, setting, worldbuilding, structure and plot. The material can be adapted to suit the length of time you have. Some of the workshops stand alone, others can be combined to make day-long or weekend sessions. Let me know what your requirements are, and I can suggest the best combination.

“Not like a normal English class; it’s more relaxed and chilled… It’s fun because I’m allowed to freely express my thoughts and ideas with no wrong answers… [These sessions are] beneficial for all students (even teachers) to develop a sense of understanding how to create a story with complex and interesting characters.”

Aarzoo Khan, First Story Student

 

Stories from the Forests

A series of six, hour long workshops that use maps and fairy tales to create a fantastical world to help us think about our own community.

Suitable for Key Stage 3 - 5 and adult groups

In fairy tales, the forest is a place of transformation. It’s a place away from the established order where characters confront the problems that face them. Solutions and new beginnings emerge from the forest. Taking ideas from Daniel’s collaborative book, Stories from the Forests of Leeds, this series of workshops asks participants to imagine their hometown as a forest. What sort of characters might live there? What stories might emerge?

Through this series of workshops, participants create a magic realism world using large A-Z maps to construct characters based on place names. Participants develop their characters using drama techniques such as hot seating, creating backstory and writing setting description with a focus on the senses. Participants engage in playful, cross-curricula learning as they make connections with other characters, creating objects, geographies, histories and mythologies. They explore different types of writing, for instance monologue, dialogue, description, newspaper articles and poetry. Once invested in their writing, a threat to their fictional community is revealed, prompting a critical question and an exploration of narrative, plot and structure. How will they respond to the conflict? What wisdom will they generate to deal with the challenge?

There are six workshops in this series, all between 60 and 90 minutes, covering character development, setting, worldbuilding, structure and plot. The material can be adapted to suit the length of time you have. Some of the workshops stand alone, others can be combined to make day-long or weekend sessions. Let me know what your requirements are, and I can suggest the best combination.

“Interesting and thought-provoking. The series of story-telling workshops…had that elusive quality of actually inspiring me to write! Highly recommended.”

Helen Sykes, Stories from the Forests of Leeds, Course Participant

 

Bespoke Creative Writing Workshops

Daniel has been running creative writing workshops, courses, and collaborative scriptwriting sessions for the past fifteen years. He has worked with many different age groups and communities in both a writing and drama context. If you have an idea you’d like to explore or would just like to ‘do something creative’, please get in touch to talk through your needs.

Past clients have included Leeds Minster, Common Chorus Theatre Company, Spacious Places recovery centre, Beningborough Hall, First Story, the Leeds Big Bookend Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Selby Children’s Reading Festival and many others.

 “A vital part of my recovery which supported my journey and boosted my self-esteem…priceless!”

Addiction recovery centre client

“We were absolutely thrilled… You not only sent 70 children home feeling inspired and creative but a whole load of adults as well. The students had an excellent time and they are very excited about continuing their stories… We were really impressed with how you ran both days, with two very different audiences. Both schools felt that they'd had a real author experience and I have to say I got quite a kick out of the slightly anarchic scattering of children around the Hall.”

Beningbrough Hall

 

Prices

Full Day (up to four one-hour sessions) £375 +expenses

Half Day (two one-hour sessions) £295 +expenses

Single workshop (one-hour session) £195 +expenses

Please enquire for multiple workshops, courses or residencies.

There is a £25 additional charge for the ‘Create your own adventure story’ workshop to cover materials and preparation time.

For further enquiries or to book a visit, please contact me.

 

Books by Daniel Ingram-Brown

978-1785359002
The Firebird Chronicles: Through the Uncrossable Boundary

The Firebird Chronicles: Through the Uncrossable Boundary

Gigan Ticks foretell the end of time. The world is beginning to fade. As the NIGHTMARE army advances, can Fletcher and Scoop cross the Threshold into our world? Will they be able to reunite their creators, before they slip into oblivion? Fletcher and Scoop are apprentice adventurers at Blotting's Academy, where all Story Characters are trained. Join them on their final feat as they discover the cost of crossing the Boundary in Daniel Ingram-Brown's thrilling conclusion to the Firebird Chronicles. “Big applause to Daniel for tackling issues of mental health, grief, and growing up.” Auburn Langley "Magical...inspiring...the perfect balance between magic and reality." Dani Reads  
978-1-78535-285-0
The Firebird Chronicles: The Nemesis Charm

The Firebird Chronicles: The Nemesis Charm

They say only the dead can cross a Threshold, the dead and those who have faced a Nemesis Charm. When Apprentice Adventurers, Fletcher and Scoop, discover their mother has fallen under the curse of a strange sickness, they prepare to sail for its source, a Threshold, a doorway to the world beyond the Un-Crossable Boundary. But they are not the only ones seeking to cross the Threshold. Their old enemy, Grizelda, has heard that beyond the Boundary lives a woman with the same power as the Storyteller. With the help of a monster made with an undead heart, she plans to cross the Boundary and steal that power for herself. If she succeeds, the Academy, the island and everything in Fletcher and Scoop's world will be hers. “The writing is rich with atmosphere… Daniel Ingram-Brown has a way of setting the scene so that the reader becomes immersed in the world of the characters… I was gripped… Fans of the Narnia books or Inkheart will love this read.” The State of the Arts 
978-1780996943
The Firebird Chronicles: Rise of the Shadow Stealers

The Firebird Chronicles: Rise of the Shadow Stealers

In this fantasy adventure, Fletcher and Scoop are Apprentice Adventurers from the ancient establishment of Blotting's Academy on Fullstop Island. This is the place where all story characters are trained. The trouble is, they can't remember how they got there. It's the first day of term, but the two apprentices soon realise something is wrong. Things are going missing, including their own memories, and Scoop has the unsettling feeling that something is creeping in the shadows. As the children search for answers, they become entangled with the life of the Storyteller, the islands creator and king. They journey to his wedding banquet and find themselves uncovering a hidden past. What is their connection to this mysterious man? And is there more to him than meets the eye? “The book...explores issues such as the purpose of a life, identity, and the role of stories in holding out world together… Reminiscent of other fantasy authors such as Terry Pratchett and Jasper Fforde... Confident pre-teen readers will enjoy it as an intriguing adventure story, while older readers will enjoy reading between the lines for a more philosophical experience.” Dig Yorkshire  
978-0857484130
Keighley Untamed

Keighley Untamed

An Anthology by the First Story Group at The Holy Family Catholic School  
978-0857483409
Voyage to the Unknown

Voyage to the Unknown

An Anthology by the First Story Group at Beckfoot Upper Heaton 
978-0857483720
Revelations of the Forest

Revelations of the Forest

An Anthology by the First Story Group at Dixons Allerton Academy 
Stories from the Forests of Leeds

Stories from the Forests of Leeds

A treasury of tales from differeent writers, re-imagining Leeds as a forest in a fairytale, beautifully illustrated by Si Smith. Curated by Daniel Ingram-Brown. 
978-1291874556
The Leeds Story Cycle

The Leeds Story Cycle

Seven short stories set on the day of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France from Leeds. "...moving, shocking, humorous, sad and hopeful." Dr Helen Reid 
9780857482419
We Have Conquored Earth!

We Have Conquored Earth!

An anthology of new writing by the First Story students at Beckfoot Upper Heaton who took part in creative-writing workshops led by writer-in-residence Daniel Ingram-Brown. 

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Keywords

ADVENTURE ALLEGORY CHARACTERISATION CHILDRENS BOOKS CHILDRENS FICTION DRAMA FANTASY FICTION IDENTITY IMAGINATION JOURNEY JOURNEYS MAPS MYSTERY MYTHS PARABLES PERFORMANCE PLAYS PLOT SCHOOLS SCRIPTS SPIRITUALITY STORY THEATRE WRITING