Lydia Syson

Author of books for adults, YA author

Lydia Syson
Booking enquiry

Available for

After dinner, Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop

Website

http://www.lydiasyson.com

Contact

lydiasyson@gmail.com

Audiences

  • Adult
  • 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)

Awards

  • UKLA Award and Waterstone's Children's Book Prize
  • Longlisted for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
  • twice nominated for the Carnegie.
  • Branford Boase Highly Commended
  • shortlisted for WeRead award

Details

I love talking to audiences of all ages and sizes and my approach to school and library visits, festivals and other events for children, teenagers and adults is extremely flexible. I will happily travel anywhere in the UK and abroad that can be reached from London by public transport.  As I'm currently an RLF Writing Fellow at the Courtauld Institute for the History of Art, I'm only available Saturday-Wednesday during university termtimes, 2016-17.

I use vivid primary sources of all kinds, always include readings from the novels and plenty of discussion, and my books are an excellent demonstration of how resources lurking in archives, libraries, museums and in and around your own home can be brought to life. I also offer creative writing workshops for young people and adults. 

My illustrated, interactive school talks can be delivered with a focus on English, History, Spanish or French. That Burning Summer offers excellent support for Year 8 and work on the WW2 Home Front, as well as GCSE History courses covering Britain at War (1939-45) and the talk can be be booked with a creative writing workshop that makes use of primary sources. Talks and workshops can also be adapted to integrate history and literacy in Year 6 work on the WW2 Home Front. A World Between Us supports Spanish Civil War units in Highers and AS level history, but also gives invaluable background to the build up to WW2.  Liberty‚Äôs Fire works particularly well for Year 12 historians who have studied the French Revolution, providing an overview of upheavals in France in the 19th Century, culminating in the Franco-Prussian War, Siege of Paris, and Paris Commune. (This book was written with the help of an Arts Council grant.)

All my areas of expertise are great topics for sixth-form enrichment, extra-curricular talks and EPQs. A former BBC World Service producer/broadcaster, I've also taught novel-writing at City University, written resources for the National Literacy Trust, and I mentor emerging writers. For more information and resources, please visit my website where you can download an information sheet: http://www.lydiasyson.com/school-visits/ .  

Don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss specific requirements.

Books

9781471403675

Liberty's Fire

France's forgotten revolution: the 1871 Paris Commune. 'Historical fiction at its best: opening a window on the past and showing a moment that has echoes and resonances with our own troubled times' AWFULLY BIG REVIEWS
9781471400537

That Burning Summer

Kent, 1940. A girl, a boy and a crash-landing. An evocative wartime coming-of-age story featuring a Polish pilot. 'Consistent excellence' THE INDEPENDENT
9781471334603

A World Between Us

Epic romance of the Spanish Civil War. 'An outstanding debut novel for teenagers' THE GUARDIAN
9781846880544

Doctor of Love: Dr James Graham and his Celestial Bed

First biography of the Enlightenment's most notorious medical entrepreneur, for decades unfairly dismissed as 'the king of quacks'. 'Syson pins the iconoclastic Graham like a butterfly on the wider canvas of a lively social history.' THE TIMES

Genres

  • History

Organisations

  • IBMT (International Brigade Memorial Trust)
  • HWA (Historical Writers Association)
  • SAS (Scattered Authors Society)
  • RLF (Royal Literary Fund)
  • SoA (Society of Authors)
  • CWISL (Children's Writers and Illustrators in South London)

Keywords

19TH CENTURY 20TH CENTURY FAMILY HISTORY FEMINISM FRANCE FRENCH FRENCH REVOLUTION HISTORICAL FICTION HISTORY MODERN LANGUAGES POLAND POLITICS RADICAL ROMANCE SKYPE SPAIN TWENTIETH CENTURY WAR WAR WW2