Alexandra Sheppard

Alexandra Sheppard

YA author

www.alexandrasheppard.com
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book

Audiences

Age 11 to 14, Further Education

Genres

Comedy, Fiction, Humour, Magical realism, Mythology

Book types

Fiction for children, Young Adult

Awards

  • Shortlisted for Bristol Teen Book Award 2019

Details

I'm currently accepting bookings for World Book Week 2023.

KS3 SESSIONS

My debut YA novel OH MY GODS was published in January 2019. Since then, I've had the pleasure of visiting KS3 classes at schools and bookshops around the country - it's the best part of the job! My workshops and talks are highly interactive, drawing answers from the most reticent of pupils. As my book OH MY GODS is aimed at readers aged 11+, my workshops are best suited for Years 7/8:

Assembly:

So You Want to Be a Writer? - A talk about the childhood experiences that shaped the writer I am today, plus practical tips for any budding writers.

Creative Writing Workshop:

21st Century Gods - From the goddess of hunting to the god of winemaking, the worship of deities in the ancient world gives us insight into their values and way of life. I invite your pupils to imagine how this system of deities could be transferred to their lives today - god of memes or goddess of music streaming, for example! - and what that says about our values. 

I'm based in North London but I'm happy to travel around the UK and internationally. I'm also available for virtual author visits via Zoom. For information on my availability and fees, send me an email. 

KS2 SESSIONS

I'm very proud that my short story is featured in the middle grade anthology HAPPY HERE published by Knights Of in 2021. I am available for assemblies for Years 5 and 6 where I dive deeper into the themes of diversity and bravery in my magical story. 

If you would like me to visit your primary school, please email me for more info on my availability and fees. 

 

TESTIMONIALS

"It was a wonderful event and fantastic to see the pupils engaging so well with the concepts surrounding Greek gods and teen fiction. You had them enraptured – who knew we had so many mythologists in our midst?!" - Ms S. Hayden, Graveney School

"The students were incredibly engaged and absolutely loved your visit - I've had glowing reviews this morning from staff and students!" - Miss L. Allen, Chelsea Academy

"It's sometimes hard to know what to expect with an author visit but I had every confidence that Alex's visit was going to be a one to remember. The assembly was interactive, fast-paced and included some great writing tips. The 21st Century Gods workshop was well thought out and planned which engaged our students from the moment they walked in the door. Since your visit, there have been so many copies of Oh My Gods being read. Thank you for encouraging our students to read!" - Mr D McLaughlin, Walker Academy

"We really enjoyed the workshops because it gave us a chance to extend our writing and to be creative with our story concepts. We would love to do it again and Alex was great fun. Thank you for this opportunity." - Cecilia, Year 8

 

PRAISE FOR OH MY GODS

Buzzfeed's 31 YA Books by Black Authors You Can't Miss This Year

Guardian's 100 best holiday books for 2019

Refinery 29's Best YA Books Written By Black Women That You Haven't Read Yet

"The intelligent, laugh-out-loud book noticeably sets itself apart from other young adult novels in that it’s not solely focused on trauma, despite the protagonist losing her mother at the tender age of 10." - i News

"Oh My Gods is Alexandra Sheppard’s debut YA novel and a formidable introduction to a writer to watch." - Refinery 29

"Although the book is essentially witty and slightly absurd, it deals with challenges and experiences that many teens can identify with and celebrates diversity and individuality." - BookTrust

"It's not often we recommend books written specifically for younger teens, but for Alexandra Sheppard's fun, breezy debut we had to make an exception!" - Pride Magazine

Ancient Greek mythology meets Geek Girl in a very appealing, funny teen debut about a girl living with her chaotic family - who just happen to be Greek gods living incognito." - The Bookseller 

"Often bordering on the absurd, this distinctive tale delightfully juxtaposes the ordinary with the extraordinary, and even manages to explore some Greek mythology as well! This is a fascinating read that will have you laughing out loud on several occasions." - Book Clubs In Schools

"A refreshingly fun read that centres a unique voice in a clever and imaginative way. In the current publishing climate, we definitely need more novels like this." - Rewrite London

Books by Alexandra Sheppard

I am the author of YA novel OH MY GODS, the writer of MG novel FLY HIGH CREW and my short story was featured in the MG anthology HAPPY HERE.
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Oh My Gods

Oh My Gods

Life as a half-mortal teenager should be epic. But, for Helen Thomas, it's tragic. She's just moved in with her dorky dad and self-absorbed older siblings - who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London! Between keeping her family's true identities secret, trying to impress her new friends, and meeting an actually cute boy, Helen's stress levels are higher than Mount Olympus. She needs to rein in her chaotic family before they blow their cover AND her chances at a half-normal social life. Or is Helen fated for an embarrassment of mythical proportions? 
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Happy Here

Happy Here

With an introduction from bestselling author Sharna Jackson, HAPPY HERE features stories and poems by 10 Black British authors for readers aged 7+. Exploring themes of joy, home and family through a wide range of genres and styles, each author has been paired with a different illustrator to spotlight Black British artistic talent. With stories by Dean Atta, Joseph Coelho, Kereen Getten, Patrice Lawrence, Theresa Lola, E.L. Norry, Jasmine Richards, Alexandra Sheppard, Yomi Sode, and Clare Weze. 
9780702306440
Fly High Crew

Fly High Crew

An action-packed, laugh-out-loud, high-energy story for boys and girls featuring adults taken over by aliens and a brave group of kids who must work together as a team to stop them! From TV personalities and Diversity street dance superstars, brothers Ashley and Jordan Banjo. Brothers Trey and Jax spend after-school hours rehearsing with their street dance collective the Fly High Crew, until the evening they see a green beam of light flash out of the sky and are thrown into an out-of-this-world adventure! Aliens have landed and are mind-controlling all the teachers and adults: can the Fly High Crew work together as a team and save the day? Written in collaboration with Alexandra Sheppard. 

Keywords

AFRO-CARIBBEAN BAME BEREAVEMENT BLACK BLACK BRITISH CONTEMPORARY FICTION DIVERSE FAMILY FEMINISM FRIENDSHIP FUNNY GIRLS GREEK MYTHOLOGY GRIEF HUMOUR IDENTITY INCLUSIVE LONDON MIXED RACE MYTHOLOGY MYTHOLOGY MYTHS RACE RELATIONSHIP TEEN TEENAGE YA YOUNG ADULT