Piers Torday

Piers Torday

An Event with Piers Torday

http://www.pierstorday.co.uk
victoria@rontalerevents.co.uk
(+44) 07733 210937
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview

Audiences

Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Adult

Genres

Adventure, Drama, Fairy tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Fiction narrative, Magical realism, Science fiction, Short story, Stage/Screen

Book types

Any, Anthologies, Fiction for children

Awards

Organisations

Details

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for coming to St John’s last week. You were an absolute highlight of the week with both the children and the staff. Our pupils have all been so inspired by your talk and learning about the real magic that stories hold. It was the perfect opening presentation for a wonderful day.”

St John’s College School, Cambridge (March 2020)

Thank you for your interest in having me visit your school, either in person or virtually! Any chance to speak to children about reading and writing is a privilege, and one I do not take lightly.

The following give details of the type of event(s) I do, format, requirements and what we need to know from you when hosting an online visit.

Please give this document a read before getting in touch about dates. We’re very happy to make suggestions and answer any questions you may have so don’t hesitate to drop my events manager, Victoria Rontaler, an email.

CONTACT

For all event queries, please contact Victoria Rontaler of Rontaler PR & Events:

victoria@rontalerevents.co.uk

07733 210937

THE EVENT

What does a Piers Torday  event involve?

I give a highly illustrated, animated and interactive virtual presentation exploring the values of sharing stories, and childhood reading and writing for a primary school age audience. I will explain how I became an author, and what inspired me. I will also talk about how he learned to write books through The Last Wild, tell the very personal story which led to There May Be A Castleand explain why he wrote the books in his Narnia inspired series, The Lost Magician and The Frozen Sea, and how his latest book The Wild Before can inspire every child to make a difference.

The talk is for ages 7 – 12, and lasts about 45 minutes, after which Piers will be happy to take questions, before signing books. The live, in-person talk is best suited to larger groups.

For virtual visits, the talk is for groups of any size and can be broadcast into multiple classrooms. We also offer pre-recorded sessions, to allow screenings for individual classes within the school’s timetable.

Piers also offers a 30-minute virtual Q&A session.

**CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST**

Book sales are still encouraged through a local bookseller or our bookshop partner and signed bookplates will be provided for any books sold.

"Piers speaks very clearly and passionately about his work and the craft of the writer. All those attending his talks were clearly captivated and engaged with his content and career as an author. They had plenty of questions to ask at the end of each session. His writers workshop really got the students imagination fired up, and they relished the opportunity to have a go at creating their own story. For some it was a lot of fun as the workshop had humour and challenging activities as a part of it. Others were inspired and were encouraged to think about seriously developing their own stories as a result. All the teachers that were supervising the students were impressed with Piers’ talks and felt they covered more than enough ground and have led to students wanting to read more of his books in their own free time.As school librarian for Rokeby School I would invite Piers back, and would recommend that if you are looking for author to visit your school Piers Torday would host fun, informative and inspiring talks."

Rokeby School, Kingston, Summer 2021

When is Piers available?

Piers does 1-2 school visits each week and tends to get booked up about 4-6 months in advance (more quickly around busy periods such as World Book Day and around publications of his new books). When requesting a visit, it is advisable to give an indication of preferred dates but be prepared to be flexible, so we can do our best to accommodate you.

“Huge thanks to Piers for such a wonderful talk today at Ashlyns School.  The talk was absolutely spell-binding and I've already received lovely feedback from the teachers from the session.”

Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted (Oct 2019)

Books by Piers Torday

A former theatre and television producer, Piers Torday’s books include The Last Wild (Shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize), The Dark Wild (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize), The Wild Beyond, There May Be a Castle (People’s Book Award finalist), The Lost Magician (Teach Primary Book Award) and The Frozen Sea. His latest book is The Wild Before (August 2021). His work has been translated into 14 languages. The son of Paul Torday (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), he completed his father’s final unfinished novel, The Death of an Owl and co-founded the Paul Torday Memorial Prize for Debut Novelists over 60. He has contributed short stories to Winter Magic, Scoop and Return to Wonderland Plays include the world premiere stage adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights, Christmas Carol and The Child in the Snow (all Wilton’s Music Hall.) There May be a Castle has been adapted for the stage by the Little Angel Theatre.

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THE LAST WILD

THE LAST WILD

This is the story of a boy named Kester. He is extraordinary, but he doesn't know that yet. All he knows, at the moment is this: 1. There is a flock of excited pigeons in his bedroom. 2. They are talking to him. 3. His life will never be the same... 
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THE DARK WILD

THE DARK WILD

Twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes thought he had rescued the last wild animals in the land. He thought his adventures was over. He was wrong. Below the sparkling city of Premium, deep underground, Kester finds more survivors: a menacing white dog, a cohort of foxes, an interfering starling, and the world’s most miserable rat. A dark wild hiding from the deadly virus that destroyed their friends; a dark wild with a dark plan to rise up against their human enemies…Together with his loyal friend Polly and a brave gang of child outlaws, Kester must find a way to stop them, before it’s too late. Kester Jaynes saved the animals. Can he save the humans too? 
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THE WILD BEYOND

THE WILD BEYOND

Kester Jaynes has led the last wild creatures in the land to safety, and saved his beloved city of Premium from total destruction. Almost…. Because the secret to rebuild the world is still out there, guarded by a mouse who is nowhere to be found. And when the last blue whale on the planet delivers a terrible warning about the future, Kester realizes time is running out fast. So he and his loyal friends Polly and Aida make a brave decision: to travel far away to a wild beyond their own, in the desperate hope of preventing the end of all things. But as they journey further from home, and discover the truth of the whale’s story, they realise that their real adventure has only just begun… The world gave Kester Jaynes his life back. Can Kester Jaynes save the world? 
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THERE MAY BE A CASTLE

THERE MAY BE A CASTLE

Eleven-year-old Mouse is travelling to see his grandparents on Christmas Eve with his mother and two sisters. But it’s snowing, and visibility is bad, and the car goes off the road, and crashes. Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he’s not in his world any more. He meets a sheep named Bar, who can only say Baaa, and a sarcastic horse named Nonky, who is a surprising mix of his beloved toy horse and his older sister. So begins a quest to find a castle in a world of wonder – a world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known. But why are they looking for a castle? As the cold grows, we realise it might just have something to do with the family he’s left behind; and that Mouse’s quest is more important than ever. This is a novel about the power of stories to change the way we view the world – and it’s about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times. 
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WINTER MAGIC

WINTER MAGIC

CURATED BY ABI ELPHINSTONE Delighted to have a story, “The Wishing Book”, in this beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children’s writers such as Michelle Magorian, Berlie Doherty, Lauren St John and Katherine Woodfine, edited by author Abi Elphinstone. This gorgeous collection also includes stories featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers . . An unmissable, enchanting treat of a collection that will be enjoyed for years to come, by readers of all ages. 
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A WISP OF WISDOM

A WISP OF WISDOM

As the sun rises behind Mount Yuhan, a leopard, a hornbill, a civet and a tortoise ascend a ladder into the clouds. A fly picks a fight with an elephant. A monkey pits his wits against a crocodile. And that’s all before breakfast. Armoured pangolins, blue-bottomed drill monkeys, red-legged francolins and red river hogs are just some of the fascinating creatures you will discover in this collection of folk tales from the Korup region of Cameroon, tales that are just as extraordinary as the animals that inspired them… 
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THE LOST MAGICIAN

THE LOST MAGICIAN

‘If you can imagine it, it exists … somewhere.’ The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy. 1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army. The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries. What they discover will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever … 
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THE BOX OF DELIGHTS

THE BOX OF DELIGHTS

Kay Harker is heading home for the school holidays. Recently orphaned, he knows this Christmas will be different but nothing could prepare him for the journey that lies ahead. On the train he meets an old magician, Cole Hawlings, who charges Kay with safeguarding a wondrous device that has time-travelling powers. It’s an instrument that Cole’s nemesis, the wicked sorcerer Abner Brown, will stop at nothing to steal for himself. And so when the old man mysteriously disappears, Kay faces the fight of his life. He must protect both the Box of Delights and, with it, the people he loves. The Box of Delights is a magical and festive adventure in which one boy must confront the secrets of the past to defeat the evil in his present. The future of Christmas itself depends upon him. Adapted for the stage for the first time by Piers Torday, John Masefield’s much-loved classic The Box of Delights premiered at Wilton’s Music Hall in December 2017. 
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RETURN TO WONDERLAND

RETURN TO WONDERLAND

Return to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland with this stunning collection of original stories from today’s biggest children’s authors – Peter Bunzl, Pamela Butchart, Maz Evans, Swapna Haddow, Patrice Lawrence, Chris Smith, Robin Stevens, Lauren St John, Lisa Thompson, Piers Torday and Amy Wilson. Tumble down the rabbit hole again to find out what happens in Wonderland without Alice there. Is the Queen of Hearts still ruling with an iron fist? Does the Mad Hatter still have to go to tea? And will Tweedledum and Tweedledee ever resolve their argument? More than 150 years since Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published by Macmillan, revisit Carroll’s amazing cast of characters – including the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, the Dormouse, the Cheshire Cat and Alice’s Sister in these brand-new stories, that will bring a new generation of readers to Wonderland. 
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THE FROZEN SEA

THE FROZEN SEA

‘That’s the best book I ever read…’ he said, ‘and by book, I mean unbelievable secret weapon.’ Jewel Hastings doesn’t know who she is. But she is about to discover that she is one of the most remarkable people ever to have walked the earth… On the run from school bullies, Jewel tumbles through the door of a mysterious old bookshop, and falls headlong into Folio, the world of the imagination. There, she must begin a quest to rescue her missing aunt. helped only by her rude pet hamster Fizz and a malfunctioning copper robot. From the shimmering lights of the Idea Jungle, to the desolate expanse of the Frozen Sea, their mission will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined. And what Jewel discovers will change her life forever…. THE FOLLOW UP TO THE LOST MAGICIAN 
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CHRISTMAS CAROL - A FAIRY TALE

CHRISTMAS CAROL - A FAIRY TALE

BY CHARLES DICKENS Adapted for the stage by Piers Torday 1838, London. Jacob Marley is dead. And so is Ebenezer Scrooge… In this story, Ebenezer died young, but his sister Fan married Marley and, as his widow, has now inherited his moneylending business. She rapidly becomes notorious as the most monstrous miser ever known, a legendary misanthrope, lonely, and despised by all who cross her path. Seven years later, on Christmas Eve, Fan Scrooge will be haunted by three spirits. They want her to change. But will she? Rediscover a classic British fairy tale. Refreshed and relevant for the 21st century, this traditional story, inspired by the politics of nineteenth century London, premiered in the world’s oldest surviving music hall, Wilton’s Music Hall, in December 2019. 
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THE WILD BEFORE

THE WILD BEFORE

Can one hare alone change the world? A captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages. One frosty winter’s night, a pure white calf is born on an ordinary muddy farm in the light of a silver moon. This is the legendary Mooncalf, whose arrival has been foretold since the dawn of time. Hare knows immediately that if the calf is not saved it will be the end of all things. According to a dream passed down from animal to animal, if the calf dies a great terribleness will come – rising seas, a plague, skies raining down fire… and Hare vows to protect Mooncalf with his life. Upon Mooncalf’s arrival, the old bull summons all the animals of the farm and tells them of this dream, warning that they must help Hare in his mission before it is too late. But it’s easier said than done, and soon Hare realises that he must act on his own… A stunning prequel to the award-winning bestselling The Last Wild trilogy, with themes of climate change, hope and friendship. ‘Piers Torday is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure’ The Times  

Upcoming events

Monday, 06 Dec 2021: Sacred Heart Islington

Sacred Heart Islington

1 hour talk with Year 6

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