I am the author of Show Stopper and Show Stealer, a thrilling YA dystopian duology, sold internationally to six territories. I taught English up to A Level for eighteen years before becoming a published author and am able to accommodate schools' individual needs. My events often include interactive presentations to whole year groups, as well as creative workshops with smaller groups. Recent subjects I have focused on include sensory writing based on entering a circus, recognising prejudice and bias in the media, discussion and debate about immigration and racism and the importance of a positive mindset.
In 2018 I took part in three events at the Edinburgh International Book festival, was a chairperson at the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), and international guest at the Utrecht Festival of International Literature and the Boekids university in Holland, as well as making numerous visits to schools and bookshops.
I am based in Essex but will consider travelling anywhere, including abroad, depending on my availability and the event details.
"The students were enthralled by Hayley’s introduction to the world of Show Stopper; so much so, that book sales broke school records. By 8.15 am the next day, all eight copies of the book were on loan, and a waiting list was growing! Some amazing work was produced during the workshops from some unexpected sources! Hayley really knew how to get the best out of the students."
Sally Perkins BEAUCHAMPS HIGH SCHOOL, LRC MANAGER
"We realy enjoyed having Hayley visit us and share her writing journey and enthusiasm for reading! She led a creative writing workshop, signed books and then kept our entire Year 9 group engaged with an informative and fun presentation. Her books went flying off the shelves and our students were clamouring to read Show Stopper!"
Amanda Adams, LIBRARIAN, MOULSHAM SCHOOL
"Hayley was a true inspiration for the students who were all captivated by her motivational presence. Her presentation was incredibly uplifting, helping the students see that (with hard work) they can reach their potential. It was truly engaging and the students found it fascinating to hear about the journey of a writer. They were all keen to ask questions and Hayley provided excellent answers with heartfelt honesty and passion."
Phillipa Morris-Jeffery, ENGLISH TEACHER, BRENTWOOD SCHOOL
"You inspired me with your creativity and courage. After hearing you talk about your amazing book, I couldn’t wait to buy Show Stopper and ever since I bought the book I am addicted to it…in my next English assessment I got my first A* of the year. You are my idol!"
Saba, YEAR 8 STUDENT, BRENTWOOD SCHOOL
"The rapport with students was very good, with practical, honest and down to earth advice. The panel interview format fits with our MYP study programme, in which enquiry is at the heart of learning approaches. We appreciated Hayley fitting in with this so readily, and interacting with the panel and audience so thoughtfully and individually. Students were fully engaged. A number of students stayed through break, and would have talked to Hayley as long as they could. Many have a personal interest in writing, and they seem newly inspired and encouraged by the seeming accessibility of authorship. Even some teachers present tell me they now wish to try to write!"
Jane Barnes, ENGLISH TEACHER, THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE HAGUE
"Since meeting you, my daughter is determined that she wants to be an author. Thank you for being such an inspiration to my daughter and a positive role model for her to look up to."
Peter McInnes (via Twitter)
Show Stopper - "It hangs life and death, love and despair perilously in the balance. A brutal but brilliant young adult read." *****
Show Stealer - "There are no words to describe just how brilliant this book is." *****
Fantastic Book Dragon
My fees are in-line with those recommended by the Society of Authors.
I am the author of Show Stopper and Show Stealer, a YA dystopian thriller duology which were published in 2017 and 2018. I taught English for eighteen years and am passionate about reading, writing and working with young people.