emmaJBarnes@yahoo.co.uk 07908 143596
Since 2001, I have written a range of funny, contemporary, adventurous books for children, appealing to both boys and girls, with subject matter ranging from magic wolves to disastrous family camping trips. I’ve also designed and delivered many events and workshops in schools, libraries and book festivals (including the Edinburgh International Book Festival) which are lively, interactive, creative and good fun.
My school talks and assemblies are all about championing reading for pleasure. I became a writer because I love books and reading, and I share that with the children I meet. I have a range of workshops and activities for all primary age groups, from Early Years to Upper KS2. These use exciting and dramatic themes which appeal to both boys and girls, and which enable children of all ability levels to get involved and give them the confidence to write their own stories. I sometimes design workshops around particular themes, and some of my workshops fit well with curriculum themes such as traditional stories. Workshops usually last an hour, but are designed so that they can be developed further by class teachers afterwards if they wish.
"Emma knows how to keep a tentful of primary school kids engaged and entertained. Organising an event with Emma is easy. She is a delight to work with." Carolyn Yates,Literature Development Officer Dumfries and Galloway
''Emma visited our school during a Book Week to celebrate the opening of a library- she was FANTASTIC! A real inspiration for the children in both Key Stage 1 and 2.'' Karen Smith, Deputy Headteacher, Whitkirk Primary
“Emma gave me lots of inspiration to write my own stories. Having a lesson with her was brilliant.” Pupil – Ashdell Prep School
"The reading really captivated the whole school- you had them in the palm of your hand! Both the sessions in year 6 were fantastic according to the teachers and children. Great use of drama to help understand the chapters and using the different perspective of the characters. A really fun and enjoyable day was the way one child described it!" Headteacher, Kingsway Primary School
My books are humorous, entertaining, contemporary stories, sometimes with a bit of magic. They have been translated into many languages and broadcast on BBC radio. They cover the entire primary age-range.
"Recommended for both boys and girls” The Bookbag
"Thoughtful and entertaining" The Guardian
My latest book, Wild Thing Goes Camping, is the third in my series for 8+ about the naughtiest little sister ever.
"Hilarious and heart-warming" The Scotsman.
Wolfie, illustrated by the renowned Emma Chichester Clark, is a winner of the Fantastic Book Awards, run by Lancashire School Library Service.
“Funny, clever and very satisfying” Books for Keeps.
A typical day in school would include a lively, whole school assembly and four workshop sessions. A “sharing assembly" at the end of day, including parents, is a great addition. A book selling/signing session can take place at lunch time or the end of the day.
I'm also happy to do sessions via skype.
I am a member of the Society of Authors and typically charge in line with their average rates - £400 per day, £250 per half day, £150 per session, plus travel. Feel free to contact me to talk about a possible visit with no obligation, or to ask for my information sheet.
Humorous, lively, contemporary stories covering the full primary age-range, which include: