I love being a children's author, and my favourite part of the job is visiting schools! I'm passionate about writing and reading and I want to pass that passion on to children and staff. Being around children and hearing their wonderful ideas inspires me. I'm very proud to have been taken on as a Patron of Reading at a large school in High Wycombe, working with staff, parents and children from Reception through to sixth form.
I'm happy to travel and will always put everything I have into making a visit succesful.
'Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink' has been selected for this year's 'Animal Agents' Summer Reading Challenge!
Thank you Jennifer, for visiting Grange Primary school. The two assemblies that you gave, one to KS1 and the other to KS2, were utterly engaging and breath-taking. When asked about the experience, many of the children replied that she made becoming an author, real and possible. The idea that you were a normal person, who liked Star Wars and tried for years to realise your dream, was an inspiration to our children. Children in KS1 created hats for Alex which fed into their maths and art topic of geometry, texture and materials.
The workshops were a perfect stimulus for the creative writing that stemmed from it. It was beneficial to have the workshops as the children were able to work with you in a class group. Your enthusiasm was infectious and as a result, children in two of the three classes wrote stories as a direct consequence of our workshop. The boys in my class were asking if they could write the story! Of course I obliged, since I was so thrilled by the vim and vigour.
The children really loved the book signing part of your day. Many children commented that they felt special and lucky to have a personalised book from an author they had met and started to know. It was delightful to see the warmth with which they had embraced you and your ideas. Many have been ‘caught reading’ your books walking around the corridors and lots of children have pledged to buy your new book.
Thank you so much for visiting Grange Primary school. It was truly memorable and has helped the school to foster a ‘love of reading’ throughout the school.
Mrs Monique Johnson - Year 4 Class Teacher, British Values and Pupil Voice Lead - Grange Primary School
We were lucky enough to welcome Jennifer Killick to Shepherd Primary School for the day on Monday 19th June. Jennifer's whole school assembly was totally inspiring as she (honestly!) explained how she became an author and where the ideas for her debut novel 'Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink' came from. The children (and staff!) were all enthralled as she spoke animatedly to her audience, sharing out some top tips to anyone keen to become a writer too. During her visit, Jennifer worked with every Key Stage 2 class, carrying out highly-organised workshops in which the children were encouraged to 'become' authors and plan their own story characters. The children responded really well and Jennifer really took the time to listen to each child's opinion and ideas.
Shepherd Primary School.
She followed the assembly with well considered workshops. Jennifer was very personable and shared that these had been her own year 6 classrooms! She was well prepared with all the resources needed and the children were motivated throughout. Jennifer took the time to speak with each child individually about their ideas, during the workshop. The children were inspired to use their ideas in further English lessons to create their own stories.
Hillingdon Primary School.
Jennifer Killick visited our school on World Book Day, delivering an interactive assembly and follow-up workshops which delighted and enthused our children. Jennifer took the children on a journey, detailing how she came up with her characters, how her story's plot lines were developed and the struggles she encountered along the way to becoming a successful author. Her message to our children is that writing takes courage, dedication and perseverance, but can be hugely rewarding.
Elaine D'Souza - Headteacher, Hermitage Primary School.
I offer both author talks and creative writing workshops at my school events. Below is a rough outline of what I provide, but I can be flexible with regards to timing and combining talks and workshops. Please contact me if you would like further information.
My author talks are thirty to forty minutes long and are suitable for large groups of primary school children.
I’ll have a table full of colourful props related to ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’ on display.
I’ll use a Powerpoint presentation.
We will talk about why we love stories and how to go about writing our own - starting with a story seed and making it grow. I'll talk about ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’ - how I got the idea and started the story and what it's like in Alex's world. I try to be as interactive as possible, so I will be asking lots of questions, and playing games. I want every child to feel involved..
I will talk about how I became a writer, and life as an author, as I find most children are especially interested in this!
I’ll read a very short excerpt from ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’.
I’ll answer any questions the children have about writing or authoring, or anything they like!
My aim is to encourage the children’s love for stories, so that they leave raring to pick up a book and read, or to write one themselves.
I do ask that copies of my book are available for children to buy on the day. In my experience, children love to be able to take a signed book home. It makes a wonderful, lasting memory.
I currently offer a creative writing workshop that can be adapted for use for a range of ages. I want to teach your children a simple way to create a story, encouraging them to share ideas and leave excited to continue writing.
Not-So-Super Powers Workshop
Suitable for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
For up to 30 children
Lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour
This session encourages children to look at well-known story devices in a new way. We will talk about classic superheroes and powers, and then, using ‘The Stink’ as a springboard, we’ll try to think up some more interesting powers, and the drawbacks that come with them. The children will create characters with these powers, and I’ll show them how to build stories around them. I'll encourage the children to share their ideas and to help each other to build stories from them.
*NEW* Animal Agents Workshop
Suitable for years 2, 3, 4 and 5 (an adapted version can be used for KS1)
For up to 30 children
Lasts approximately 40 minutes
This session links with The Reading Agency's 'Summer Reading Challenge', 'The Stink' and 'The Furry Fury'. Using the idea of pets and animals leading double lives as secret agents, we will create agent profiles for our unique animal agents and build missions for them, creating exciting and imaginative adventures.
NEW Everyday Adventures Workshop
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Praise for Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink
'A brilliantly bonkers, side-splitting, superhero story!'
M.G. Leonard - Author - Beetle Boy
'Stuffed full of humour, mystrery and the unexepected, this hilariously adventure is a laugh-out-loud extravaganza of a read.'
Booklover Jo (Book blogger)
My debut book was chosen for the Summer Reading Challenge in 2017, and the sequel has been chosen for the Summer Reading Challenge in 2018. I will have two books out in 2019 - the first in a new series, and a third Alex Sparrow book!