“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
“Mystery…foreboding…highly atmospheric… This bildungsroman of a journey captures the vulnerability of a child in care and considers the emotional effect of adoption and bullying. It blends a contemporary character with an historical tale, adding a splash of fantasy and a sprinkle of magic. I have said before that a good book is a good book whether it is written for children or adults and this latest novel, by Daniel Ingram-Brown, and described as young adult fiction, is a good book!”
The Yorkshire Times on Bea's Witch
→ Building students’ investment, ownership and enjoyment of creative writing.
→ Encouraging reading and writing 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.
→ Teacher Development Fund - Empowering Voice: A 2-year project working with teachers and academics across primary schools in Bradford to integrate creative learning across the curriculum. (2021-2023)
→ First story author-in-residence, working with secondary schools in West Yorkshire. (2016-current)
→ Author of Bea's Witch: A ghostly coming-of-age story for children aged 10-14. The story explores themes of adoption, the care system, identity, home and displacement. Published by Lodestone Books (2021).
→ 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 (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.
→ 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 as a doctoratal candidate at Leeds Beckett University.
→ Artistic Direction of Theatre in Education company Suitcase and Spectacles.
→ 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.
- → My work has been featured on BBC TV & radio, in Juno Magazine, The Scotsman, Living North Magazine, The Lancashire Times, The Care Experience in Literature Archive and many other media outlets and publications.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "A coming of age story featuring ghosts, witches, childhood trauma, and adoption. A true must-read for middle readers! …Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite reads of the year…"
Reedsy Discovery on Bea's Witch
“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
"Completely enthralling… Spooky, magical moments… Highly impactful and skilled prose… Hard to put down."
Exclusive Magazine on Bea's Witch
“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
"This rollicking adventure... is reminiscent in tone to the Harry Potter series and Jeanette Winterson's Tanglewreck. Packed with literary references and cleverness, it focuses on the age-old conflict between light and dark, good and evil, and on the power of story. An engaging read for 9- to 14-year-olds."
Juno Magazine on Rise of the Shadow Stealers
“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
"9 out of 10. The writing is rich with atmosphere... Daniel Ingram-Brown has a way of setting the scene so that reader becomes immersed... I was gripped... Fans of the Narnia books or Inkheart will love this read."
The State of the Arts on The Nemesis Charm
“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.”
Full Day (up to four one-hour sessions) £395 +expenses
Half Day (two one-hour sessions) £295 +expenses
Single workshop (one-hour session) £195 +expenses
Please enquire for multiple workshops, courses or residencies.
If you would like to book me for a visit but have a limited budget, please get in touch - I may be able to offer a discount.
For further enquiries or to book a visit, please contact me.
We booked Daniel to come and work with three schools in our MAT during a literacy festival. He spent three days working with the three schools. The work he did with the children was fantastic and really supported the theme of the week. All the feedback from the schools within the Academy was extremely positive. Daniel made a real connection with the children teaching them about how he writes and where he gets his ideas from to how he gets these down on paper. His workshops with KS2 were engaging and really gave the children a starting point to produce some fantastic writing in the week. I would absolutely have Daniel back in our schools to share his fabulous stories and work creatively with the children. Thank you Daniel for enhancing our learning in our literacy week.