Piers currently has three TED style workshops which work best with students aged 7 – 11. They are all designed to inspire pupils both about reading and writing, as well as asking questions about the world around them.
I prefer to give one workshop followed by a book sales/signing session. Minimum group size is 100.
PIERS TORDAY'S STORIES (60 min workshop incl. Q&A)
Ideal age group: Years 5/6, ages 8 - 11
Using an inventive and interactive presentation, Piers uses his session to tell the children three stories (15 mins each approx.) all sharing the joy of reading and writing. First, the story of how he started writing and how your pupils can too. He will reveal a never before seen Oompa-Loompa song from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as he explains how meeting Roald Dahl inspired him to get writing… Next, the real-life story which inspired THE LAST WILD TRILOGY….Finally, the story of stories themselves, and why they are essential to being human, which inspired his latest book, THERE MAY BE A CASTLE. (Times Children’s Book of the Year.)
THE WILD BEYOND EVENT (60mins workshop with Q&A)
Ideal age group: Yrs 6/8, ages 11 - 13
In this visually rich, fact filled presentation for older children, with animations and video, Piers gives the environmental, historical and scientific background to his acclaimed and bestselling LAST WILD Trilogy.
THE STORY IS YOU (45 min workshop)
Piers will discuss the origination of storytelling and how it inspired his latest acclaimed book, THERE MAY BE A CASTLE, and impart his writing secrets. He will tell students how hard it can be to become an author, but also inspire them to persevere and follow their dreams.
NB: All events are built around a Keynote presentation for Apple Mac and access to a projector and screen is HIGHLY PREFERABLE but Piers does travel with my own cables, adapters and projector where not available.
My preferred days and times for school visits are Mondays or Wednesdays, other days and times of course possible by negotiation.
Piers’s award winning books include The Last Wild (Shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize), The Dark Wild (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize), and There May Be a Castle. (Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2018). He has judged the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Book Awards. His world premiere stage adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights recently opened at Wilton’s Music Hall. His latest book, The Lost Magician, will be published in September. I visit schools, bookshops, libraries, and festivals throughout the year, to talk to children about reading, writing and my books. My workshops explain how I became an author, and what inspired me,as well as find out more about the environmental themes behind the book. I also talk about the importance of stories, and tell the very personal one which led to There May Be A Castle.