I'm now accepting bookings for Black History Month in October 2019.
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 London - it's the best part of the job! My workshops and talks are highly interactive, drawing answers from the most reticent of pupils. My novel is strongly influenced by Greek myths, and this is the focus of my workshops for Years 7 and 8:
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 also run workshops about the process of designing a book cover, inviting pupils to design their own book cover based on a real brief from a publisher. Older pupils may be more interested in my talk outlining my unconventional journey to becoming an author - ideal for assemblies or careers discussions. I'm happy to tailor my workshops to the needs of your school, and I particularly welcome events at schools with a higher proportion of BAME pupils.
I'm based in North London but I'm happy to travel around the UK and internationally. For information on my availability and fees, send me an email.
"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
"The students were incredibly engaged and absolutely loved your visit - I've had glowing reviews this morning from staff and students!" - Miss L. Allen
"Thank you for coming to our school - you helped give me ideas for different stories. Your book sounds amazing!" - Nancy (Year 8)
"Thank you for sharing your book information and writing tips. You are very inspirational and we are lucky to have met you." - Kaila (Year 8)
"It was really interesting and inspiring hearing about the process of your book." - Anna (Year 8)
PRAISE FOR OH MY GODS
"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
My debut YA novel was published by Scholastic in January 2019. OH MY GODS is a fun, light-hearted read that deals with themes of identity, mental health, family, bereavement and finding oneself.