R. D. Dikstra

R. D. Dikstra

Children's author

Also writes as

Richard Dikstra
http://www.tigeropolis.co.uk
richard@bellemedia.co.uk
07850 896775
Booking enquiry
R. D. Dikstra - author tools

Available for

Interview, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11

Genres

Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction narrative, History, Humour, Novelty, Picture book, Travel

Book types

Fiction for children, Picture book

Organisations

  • Society of Authors
  • British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA)
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Royal Television Society.

Details

"The children left inspired about conservation."

 My talks, like my books, are light-hearted, humorous and educational.

I am the author of two highly recommended children's series - Tigeropolis and The Adventures of Captain Bobo.

I have extensive experience presenting entertaining and informative talks and workshops at schools and libraries across the country having presented at over 60 events in the last 3 years. I have also been interviewed a number of times on BBC Local Radio and on other local media. 

Tigeropolis is a Middle Grade, illustrated chapter book series, aimed at children aged 7 - 11.

It's humorous, but with a strong underlying message promoting conservation.

A fun story of a family of vegetarian tigers living in the foothills of the Himalayas. The forest is for the 'chop' and they suddenly find themselves having to take charge of the tiger reserve if they are to have a chance to save their beloved forest home.

Drawing on my long time involvement with conservation, the books were inspired by my first ever sighting of a tiger in the wild.

Assemblies

Mostly I am asked to do assemblies but am happy to tailor my time to suit a specific need. There are three themes to my Tigeropolis talks :-

  • Conservation - with a focus on tigers in the wild.
  • The inspiration behind the Tigeropolis story and why I came to write the series.
  • An introduction to the development of characters - with examples of how I created tiger cubs Bittu and Matti, their mother Tala and their wise, old, Uncle Raj.

Children are fascinated by tigers and so my events tend to draw out a lot of questions, which are often a highlight of the day.

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The third book in the Tigeropolis series is due out in April 2019.

For more details on the books and characters see the Tigeropolis website:  http://tigeropolis.co.uk

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For Younger Children

The Adventures of Captain Bobo - a Picture Book series aimed at ages 4 plus.

The stories tell of the adventures of Captain Bobo, his comic crew and his wonderful paddle steamer Red Gauntlet.

The stories are beautifully illustrated and based (very loosely) on the adventures of a real life sea captain and a wonderful paddle steamer that is still seen sailing around Britain every year. 

 

Availability:-

Although mainly based in London and the South East, I also spend considerable time up in Scotland and am also happy to consider travelling further afield. I would also consider engagements outside the UK. 

I want children to get the most out of any visit and I am more than happy to sign and dedicate copies of my books and would be happy to work with schools to actively promote the books ahead of the event.

Fees - I am very aware of tight school budgets and therefore although I support the Society of Authors' fee recommendations I am also willing to work with schools on the basis of minimum guarantee book sales and can offer discounted sales prices when appropriate. 

I have appropriate Public Liabiliy Insurance through the Society of Authors. 

 

Reviews:-

Some recent reviews on my talks to schools and libraries :-

"The children really enjoyed the visit and fully engaged in the activities surrounding the book. The author was fantastic with the children and we would love to see him again.... I would highly recommend a visit."                     

                                                                                                                                                                            Literacy Coordinator - Hounslow Town, Primary, Hounslow

    

"Thank you so much for visiting us at Colinsburgh, the kids had a great time"          

                                                                                                                                                                      Headteacher - Colinsburgh Primary, Fife

 

"The children (and adults) left feeling inspired and passionate about tiger conservation. We hope to work with you again."

                                                                                                                                                                     St Michaels & St Martins Primary, Hounslow

 

"I cannot thank you enough ... you are a rare breed. It was areal pleasure to meet you."

                                                                                                                                                                      Head Teacher, St Rose of Lima, Glasgow                                

 

 

 

Books by R. D. Dikstra

Author of two children' book series: - 'Tigeropolis' (ages 7-11) Middle Grade - A fun series about a family of vegetarian tigers running their own wildlife park in the foothills of the Himalayas. 'The Adventures of Captain Bobo' (ages 4 -6) - Picture Book. The comic adventures of a captain, his crew and a magnificent old paddle steamer.

978-0-9927462-1-6
Tigeropolis - Beyond the Deep Forest

Tigeropolis - Beyond the Deep Forest

A family of vegetarian tigers have to take charge 
978-0-9927462-2-3
Tigeropolis - The Grand Opening

Tigeropolis - The Grand Opening

The Tigeropolis story continues as the park reopens 
978-0-9927462-9-2
The Adventure of Captain Bobo - Bananas!

The Adventure of Captain Bobo - Bananas!

Adventures of a West of Scotland Paddle Steamer Captain 
9780992746230
Tigeropolis - Caught in the Trap

Tigeropolis - Caught in the Trap

The third in the Tigeropolis series. The tigers have to outwit a gang of poachers 
978-1-911254-00-3
The Adventures of Captain Bobo - On the Rocks

The Adventures of Captain Bobo - On the Rocks

Can the crew of Red Gauntlet come to the rescue of the Thistle?  

Photos

R. D. Dikstra - first image
R. D. Dikstra - second image
R. D. Dikstra - second image

Keywords

ASIA CHARACTER CREATION CONSERVATION ECO WARRIORS ELEPHANTS FUN GEOGRAPHY HUMOUR INDIA RIVER CLYDE SCOTLAND TIGERS TRAVEL WILDLIFE