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’s 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.