Alex Woolf

Author of books for adults, Children's author, YA author

Alex Woolf
Booking enquiry

Available for

Commission, Educational, General enquiry, Interview, Reading, Talk, Workshop

Website

http://www.alexwoolf.co.uk

Contact

email: alex.woolf@blueyonder.co.uk mobile: 07572 426340

Audiences

  • Age 16 to 18+ (College)
  • Age 5 to 7 (KS1)
  • Age 7 to 11 (KS2)
  • Age 11 to 14 (KS3)
  • Age 14 to 16 (KS4)

Details

 

What I offer
I am currently touring schools helping to turn the story creation process into a live event. I am doing this in partnership with Fiction Express –https://www.fictionexpress.co.uk/ – a book platform that connects students with professional authors, encouraging reading for pleasure through the fun co-creation of stories. Every half-term three books are published on their website in weekly chapters. Each chapter ends in a cliffhanger with three options for how the story should continue. Pupils vote on their preferred option, and the author then writes the next chapter based on the winning vote. There’s an author forum where they can correspond with the author, and a comprehension quiz published with every chapter. 

My workshops will involve a class reading of the latest chapter, a live vote, a comprehension quiz and a Q&A, concluding with personally signed book covers or print editions of my other Fiction Express titles. I offer up to four workshops on the day for £500. This price includes free access to the Fiction Express platform for two months, consisting of 3 live books for reading ages 6+, 8+ and 10+ plus access to over 85 additional books by an unlimited amount of users (valued at more than £300).

In general, I very much enjoy visiting schools, giving talks and running workshops in creative writing. I can work with children of any age, but specialise in Years 5 to 8. I talk about my experience as an author and how I go about planning, researching and writing my books. With my background in publishing, I am ideally suited to explaining the whole process of how books are made, from initial ideas to printed pages. In the workshops I try to equip children with valuable tools to help them create exciting stories of their own. I can also offer talks and workshops that link to curriculum topics in history, science and geography.

My career as an author
After years of working as an editor of children’s books, I decided in 2001 to start trying to write them myself. Since then I have written about 80 works of non-fiction and sixteen YA novels (six under a pseudonym), published by Salariya, Curious Fox, Badger and ReadZone. I have also written twelve stories for Fiction Express, online publishers of interactive stories for schools. My novel Aldo Moon and the Ghost of Gravewood Hall was one of Lovereading4kids’ books of the year in 2013, and my horror novel Soul Shadows has been shortlisted for the 2014 RED Book Award.

I am available for commissions, both fiction and non-fiction, for all age ranges from 9 upwards. I also write hi-lo fiction for reluctant readers.

Books

978-1909645004

Iron Sky: Dread Eagle

The first in a trilogy set in a fantasy Victorian steampunk world of giant airships, coal-powered automata, floating cities and deadly iron eagles.
Iron Sky: Dread Eagle
978-1911242383

The Shakespeare Plot: Assassin's Code

Journey back in time to danger-filled Elizabethan London. Alice Fletcher is a stagehand at the Globe theatre. When her brother, Richard, goes missing, Alice seeks him with the help of Tom Cavendish, servant of the power–hungry Earl of Essex. Together they uncover coded messages that point to a treasonous plot against the Queen.
The Shakespeare Plot: Assassin's Code
978-1782020158

Soul Shadows

What if your shadow had a mind of its own? In this spooky YA thriller two young people must battle a shape-shifting army and the sinister forces that called them into being.
Soul Shadows
978-1908177841

Aldo Moon and the Ghost at Gravewood Hall

Aldo Moon is a teenage ghost-hunter living in Victorian England. With the help of his two companions, Nathan and Lily, he investigates mysterious nocturnal noises at a spooky house in the country.
Aldo Moon and the Ghost at Gravewood Hall
978-1907184550

Chronosphere: Time out of Time

What if you could buy a year out of time, free to relax, play and party all you liked, safe in the knowledge that at the end of it all you'd be returned back to the moment you left? The first in a three-volume SF story set in the late 22nd century.
Chronosphere: Time out of Time
978-1909645226

You Wouldn't Want to be in the Trenches in World War I

Best-selling graphic non-fiction about the tribulations of young Tommy Atkins after he enlists with the army in 1914 and must face the horror of the trenches.
You Wouldn't Want to be in the Trenches in World War I

Genres

  • Crime
  • Travel
  • History
  • Horror
  • Humour
  • Science fiction
  • Science
  • Non-Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Suspense-thriller
  • Short story
  • Historical fiction
  • Technology
  • Comedy
  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Narrative
  • Fiction narrative

Organisations

  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Scattered Authors Society

Book types

  • Fiction 8-13

Keywords

ANCIENT ROME GOTHIC FICTION HI-LOW HISTORICAL FICTION MODERN HISTORY RELUCTANT READER SKYPE STEAMPUNK VICTORIAN