Margaret Bateson-Hill

Margaret Bateson-Hill

Children's author
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Available for

Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop


Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14


Adventure, Art, Fairy tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Folklore, Novelty, Picture book, Science fiction

Book types

Fiction for children


  • Winner of the English 4-11 Awards keystage 2 1999
  • Runner up English 4-11 Awards keystage 2 2002
  • Long listed Kate Greenaway Award 2003
  • NAPPA Gold Award USA 2001


  • Society of Authors


I am fully booked for the week of  World Book Day 2019 - dates available the weeks either side.

I have worked in schools, museums and libraries for over years as both an author and a storyteller. I work locally in London, all over the UK and abroad! In fact, I'm very happy to travel.

‘Margaret inspires pupils to think differently, challenges them to write creatively and then supports them through the editing process to publication. She is the complete package.’

Headteacher, Battersea

'Just thought I'd say a huge thank you for the wonderful job you didÂ
with my year 6s today - I have never seen them sitting so enthralled before - pure awe and wonder - what an amazing gift you possess'

Year 6 teacher, Essex

 'It really was one of those precious occasions where you are privileged to see children transported in front of you.'

Year 2 teacher, Kent

 Folk Tale series

Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain (China); Masha and the Firebird (Russia)

After a brief introduction about myself I show the children my books, and then I put them away and tell one of the stories.

 After the storytelling we then reopen the book and look at the pictures and I can talk briefly about how I came to write the story, its publication, drafting work etc.

  • I like to set up a writing task and a craft activity related to the story.
  • Have a question and answer time
  • Depending on the time available size of the group the children may start the writing task or the craft activity.
    I like to leave a range of activities for follow up.


Dragon Racer Trilogy

Ever wanted to fly a racing dragon? Discover your own secret self! Create your own dragon and tell the tale of the day you met. Fly a racing dragon and design your own racing jacket.

These are just a selection of the ideas explored in my workshop based on the Dragon Racer Trilogy.

You really convinced us that if you take a closer look at things there just might be a dragon on your shoulder.
Holly year 6

Excellent for year 6 transition

Early Years

I am very happy to work with your nursery and foundation classes using either Five Little Ducks went out one day or This Little Piggy, both interactive, lift the flap, extended retellings of the popular rhymes. I also tell interactive traditional tales from around the world.

Books by Margaret Bateson-Hill


Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain

Inspired by Chinese folk tales and the craft of papercutting 

Masha and the Firebird

Inspired by traditional Russian folk tales and the craft of painting eggs 

First Flight: Book 1 Dragon Racer series

Have you ever wondered what is must be like to fly a racing dragon? 

Legacy of Fire: Book 2 Dragon Racer series

the sequel to Dragon Racer 

The Silver Flame: Book 3 Dragon Racer series

The grand finale- it's a fight to the finish 

Five Little Ducks went out one day

The popular rhyme with a difference! Behind evey large flap discover where each little duck went! - all places children like to visit. 

This Little Piggy

Perfect for use in nursery and pre-school, interactive, and suitable for early observational skills 

Chanda and the Mirror of Moonlight

An Indian Cinderella 

Shota and the Star quilt

A modern folktale about a native american girl and a fallen star 

Leah's Christmas Story

The Nativity seen through the eyes of a child