Matt Beighton

Matt Beighton

Experienced teacher and children's author

http://mattbeighton.co.uk
info@mattbeighton.co.uk
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview

Audiences

Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16

Genres

Adventure, Comedy, Fairy tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Narrative, Science fiction

Book types

Fiction for children, Fiction 8-13, Poetry

Details

As an experienced teacher, Matt is adept at running inspiring creative writing sessions that engage students.

Creative writing sessions with Matt Beighton can be tailored to work with children from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 and from smaller groups to full classes. Intervention groups can be a good use of pupil premium funding and can be a great way to re-engage reluctant or struggling writers. 

Session lengths will vary depending on the age of the children, with 45-60 minutes being the preferred length for full class sessions. Please note that sessions shorter than this are unlikely to be as effective for full classes but can be used effectively for smaller groups of 10 or fewer children.

A normal day will consist of four or five sessions and a break for lunch though he is happy to discuss alternative timetable arrangements. Each session will require a projector or screen, computer (a laptop can be provided if requested in advance) and pencils and paper for the children.

Sessions will always include Matt talking about his career as a writer and the exciting writing opportunities out there that children may never have considered.

Visits Abroad

Matt is willing to travel abroad to work with international schools.

Sessions

As an experienced teacher of nearly a decade, his sessions are engaging and well-structured with clear outcomes that can be tailored to your specific needs. Creative writing sessions provide a great opportunity for reluctant or struggling writers to realise that they can create amazing ideas independently. Feedback from these visits is always positive with teachers reporting that their children have taken their story ideas home and written them as full pieces of work. As a use of pupil premium funding, one of Matt's smaller group sessions would be the perfect way to re-engage disaffected or disadvantaged learners and increase confidence and self-belief. 

Going from “can’t get started” to “can’t wait to start”.

One of Matt's most popular workshops. This session takes children through the process of using story structures and ideas that they know to create new and interesting ideas for narrative fiction. There is no prior learning or knowledge needed and only note-taking equipment is required for the session.

Building a character.

Matt looks at the people that we know and discusses how characters in stories are built up in layers – by what they say and do, how they act in certain situations and how this information is presented to the reader. By exploring this and creating their own characters during the workshop, children will from skills that they can use in their writing long after the session has ended.

Fightin' Writin' Workshops

Matt's newest workshop and an instant hit, you can explore the Fightin' Writin' idea in full at https://www.fightinwritin.co.uk. In short, it is a practical workshop that uses miniature battles to enhance the use of vocabulary and narrative style. It removes the physical barrier of writing and encourages children to talk through their narratives, roleplay and build up a dual-narrative story. Recommended for Year 4+.

Branching Narratives

Branching narratives, or choose-your-own-path stories, are great for exploring story structure and the impact of author decisions. This workshop breaks down a simple story such as Little Red Riding Hood, and explores how it could be different if the author changes what happens in small ways. The children use this to create their own branching narrative, either independently or in small groups. Not only does this explore story structure in a new and innovative way, but it also highlights how they always have a choice ahead of them when writing and is a great way to show them that getting stuck when writing is sometimes because they just have to make a choice about what to happen next. There are some excellent ways that this workshop can tie into whole-school engagement, please get in touch with Matt to find out more about this. 

 

Any of these sessions can be fully adapted to tie in with your curriculum, from Aztecs to the space race. There's no need to fight the crowds for a visit around World Book Day to ignite a life-long love of reading and writing!

Alongside all of this, Matt offers CPD sessions for teachers (discounts are available if booked at the same time as a children's session) based around creative writing and giving children the tools to get over their writer's block. 

Visit Costs

For bookings and costing information, please contact my bookings manager Yvonne Lang at yvonne@caboodlebooks.co.uk. If you book before the end of September 2021 for a session to take place before the end of January 2022, you can take advantage of a special back-to-school offer: only £300 for the entire day (plus travel)!

Staff CPD costs are available on request.

Testimonials

“An excellent day was had by all! Motivational in promoting a love for reading and that all have the potential to be writers. Thank you!” – Countesthorpe Leyland Community College

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions which were fun, creative and engaging. The assemblies were a great way to raise the profile of reading and boost reading enjoyment. An excellent day which was very fun and enjoyable. The pupils really enjoyed the workshops as they were a really creative way for them to write their own stories and work as a team.” – Martingshaw Primary School

“Matt did some extra work with the year 5s by supporting them to create their own stories. The children engaged with Matt and came up with some great ideas based on his books. Matt was wonderful with the children and supported them well. He was very entertaining and the children were very excited about writing and couldn’t wait to write more! I would not hesitate to have Matt back to discuss his new books with the children.” – Stokes Wood Primary School

Book Reviews

"This was a really fun read and I can imagine it being a story that is loved and read over and over - it certainly has some brilliant quirky characters!" - Donna's Book Blog

"I wish more books like this had been around when I was a child, it would have made reading even better and more imaginative. A character like Trixie would have been a great read as a child and was also a very cute and loving character to read as an adult." - Belle and the Novel

"From a parents point of view I liked that the book showed that we can all be different but all feel the same when we are left out, made fun of or are bullied." - Orchard Book Club's Mini Reviewers

"[My daughter] read it through in one evening and there was complete joy and laughter that could be heard through the ceiling to my office below. She loved the story." - Girl Who Sciences

"What a brilliant, funny children’s story this turned out to be! ... I have no hesitation in highly recommending it as a fun read for children and the young at heart, too, and teachers should definitely check it out!" - Splashes Into Books

"I read this book to my six year old son and he was enamoured with it right from the very first page. I sometimes struggle to get him to engage with a story, especially a longer book like this, but he was absolutely gripped and begged me to read more every night!" - Amazon Review

Books by Matt Beighton

All of the Monstacademy books are available in both standard and dyslexia adapted format. The funny mysteries are very popular with children aged 6-10 and they have been used in classrooms both in the UK and abroad. They're great for fans of Scooby Doo and The Worst Witch. The Magic Knight is a great introduction to "choose your own path" gamebooks and sits perfectly alongside the other narrative titles in this series. My sessions based around this book are very engaging and lead to a discussion about how a story can change based on the decisions an author makes throughout the writing process. The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree starts the Shadowland Chronicles and is an epic fantasy series aimed at fans of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and other classic fantasy. Tig, You're It! is a hilarious book of poems that will resonate with both teachers and children alike.

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The Halloween Parade

The Halloween Parade

Joining a new school is hard enough, it’s even harder when your new school is full of monsters. Literally! On her first day at Monstacademy, Trixie Grimble soon realises that she’s going to have to adjust to her new classmates quickly. It doesn’t help that she’s been given an incredibly important job for the upcoming Halloween Parade and that her only friends are a cursed werewolf and a vegetarian vampire. When one of the boys in her class cooks up a fiendish plan that puts everything at risk, Trixie and her friends find themselves in a race against time to finish their work and save the day. If only they could get anybody to believe them! Fans of Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch and Hotel Transylvania will adore the silly humour and loveable characters in this delightful modern classic chapter book series. 
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The Egyptian Treasure

The Egyptian Treasure

Summer’s over for Trixie Grimble and her friends and that can only mean one thing. Mayhem! When the Ankhstone is stolen, everyone is a suspect and it’s up to Trixie, Gloria and Colin to find out who the true culprit is before the terrible mind-control powers of the ancient curse are unleashed on Monstacademy. Can Gloria overcome her crush in time to help Trixie and Colin wrap up the case? 
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The Grand High Monster

The Grand High Monster

The third and most mysterious Monstacademy Mystery yet! There’s a traitor at Monstacademy! When Trixie returns after being suspended, her best friend Gloria doesn’t seem herself. To make matters worse, the vampire is suddenly best friends with an exciting new monster. Is the new girl all that she seems, or are the Mean Ghouls up to no good? When the most important monster in the country pays Monstacademy a visit, the threat of their school closing hangs over Trixie and her friends like a black cloud. To make matters even worse, there’s a traitor in the ranks. Who is making things go wrong at just the right time? It's a mystery that Trixie and Colin will have to solve on their own, unless they can convince Gloria to help them save the day once again. Will a surprise visit from the Grand High Monster spell the end for Monstacademy? 
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The Machu Picchu Mystery

The Machu Picchu Mystery

The fourth and most spooky Monstacademy mystery. The mountains are full of secrets... Trixie, Gloria and Colin are off on a trip to Peru to study ancient monsters. When they arrive and find that the children of the local school for monsters are disappearing, it becomes a race against time. Has a dark secret that's been trapped in the mountains come back to haunt them all? Has an ancient Inca curse been released? Or is it somebody much closer to home? The Machu Picchu Mystery is perhaps the spookiest Monstacademy mystery yet. With Trixie and her friends on the case, whatever evil is at large has a fight on its hands! Can they find the missing monsters and solve the Machu Picchu Mystery? There's only one way to find out... 
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The Magic Knight

The Magic Knight

A magical suit of armour has gone missing in suspicious circumstances and there’s only one person who can help to solve the mystery. You! With nearly 20 different endings, exploding fart potions, freezing spells and plenty of other silly twists and turns, The Magic Knight is a fantastic adventure that puts you in control of the action. You choose the story by making decisions and following your instincts. But be warned, not all endings are happy! By controlling the decisions your character makes, only you can solve the mystery of the Magic Knight! Roll the dice and control the action as you become the hero of your very own Monstacademy adventure! 
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The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree

The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree

There’s only one way to return home: Kill the Queen Skye Thistle doesn’t believe in goblins. The problem is, they believe in her... And she'd better start believing soon; a dark shadow is rising in the south and it’s not long before she’s thrust into the middle of a war and an ancient prophecy. The choice is simple: kill the queen and go home...or give in to the darkness. Dive headfirst into the Shadowland Chronicles in an exciting tale that merges magic, adventure and a search for strength and acceptance. Can a human be the saviour in a goblin war? 
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The Shadowed Eye

The Shadowed Eye

The war isn't over. Do not make the same mistakes I did... Those were the words her mother had left when Skye Thistle returned home to Earth from her adventures on the distant world of Ithilmir. If only it were that simple. Betrayal, rebellion and war have once again gripped Ithilmir and the source of dark magic has been found. In desperation, the armies of the world are grappling for power - light or dark. In Skye Thistle’s absence, an army of the dead has risen and a golden empire from across the sea is growing in power. Once again, she is called upon to fight. This time, she’s not alone. When the life of her best friend is weighed against that of the world, will Skye choose new friends or old? 
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Tig You're It: And Other Poems From The Playground

Tig You're It: And Other Poems From The Playground

Who are the lost souls in the playground? What should you do if you need to trump in class? Whatever happened to Sally Saloo? Find the answers to all of these and more in this hilarious collection of poems from the playground, suitable for children of all ages. 

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