Simon James Green

Simon James Green

Children's author, YA author

https://simonjamesgreen.com
simon@simonjamesgreen.com
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Available for

Interview, Reading, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Further Education, Age 16 to 18+, University, Adult

Genres

Comedy, Fiction, Humour, Short story

Book types

Anthologies, Fiction for young-adults

Awards

  • Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2020
  • Wirral Schools Paperback of the Year - Winner
  • Amazing Book Awards - Bronze
  • Leeds Book Awards - shortlisted
  • Cheshire Schools Book Award - shortlisted
  • Highgate Wood Book Award - shortlisted
  • Branford Boase Award - Longlisted
  • Teen Book Awards - Longlisted

Details

"Simon's visit was fantastic! The pupils were in stitches during the year group talks and got so much out of the workshops. He is definitely the most popular author we've had in to date." - LRC Manager, Cavendish School

 

I regularly visit secondary schools giving author talks and workshops based around my books. I was Head of Acting at one of the UK's leading performing arts colleges, and have facilitated workshops for teenagers with East Side Educational Trust, Ambassador Theatre Group and the Young Vic. My sessions are fun, interactive, high energy, flexible and can be tailored to your needs. 

 

"Goofy, histrionic, hysterically teenage fun... as hapless as Adrian Mole and as awkward as Bridget Jones... highly entertaining." - Imogen Russell Williams, Times Literary Supplement.

 

All of my books deal with the awkward ups and downs of teenage life, and include hilarious LGBTQ+ characters who always get their happy ending. Noah Can't Even was selected by WHSmith as one of the most important LGBT books of the last 50 years, and was described by The Guardian as, "Side-splitting comedy... a riotous, real-feeling YA debut." Alex in Wonderland was picked as a top 100 holiday read by The Guardian, selected as one of the Best New Kids Books 2019, and nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2020.  

 

"...it takes an amazing author to capture the imagination of so many students that they want him back for a visit only months after the last." - Laura Ferguson, Librarian, Wirral Grammar School for Girls

 

Author Talk

This tackles all things writing, from inspiration, process and craft, to the key themes explored in the books. Contains heaps of comedy anecdotes from my own school days, sure to engage even the most reluctant reader! The talk lasts for one hour, is suitable for any size of group, and can be adapted to suit students from Years 7 to 13.

*Interactive synopsis of one of the books.

*Why funny books are important and should be celebrated, and how laughing can help you survive your teen years!

*Why I wanted to write LGBTQ+ characters, and why LGBTQ+ teens need funny books more than ever.

*The journey of a book from first draft to publication.

*Being an author as a career.

*A reading, Q&A and book signing. 

 

Writing Comedy Workshop

This flexible session can run from 1 to 2 hours, and works best with up to 30 students, Year 7+.

*Discover my top tips for writing comedy.

*3 techniques to get a laugh.

*Drama-based character exercises (in longer sessions).

*Guided creative writing exercise exploring a range of comedy techniques, with class presentation of material.

*Reading from the book, Q&A and book signing. 

 

Creating Character Workshop

A flexible session that can run from 1 to 2 hours, with up to 30 students, Year 7+.

*Fast-paced, drama-based exercises to create and develop character.

*Learn how to get to know your characters by letting them 'speak' to you.

*Ideal for students who are less confident with writing, or need to develop imagination skills.

*Can include a writing exercise extension activity.

*Requires a larger space, free from furniture. 

 

"So funny... Year 10 are buzzing!" - King's College School

 

Fees

My fees are based on Society of Authors recommendations. Since different schools have different requirements, it’s best to contact me outlining what sort of sessions you are looking for, so I can give you a bespoke quote.

Travel expenses and overnight accommodation (where required) are charged on top of the fee, but will be agreed with you beforehand. I'm based in London, but am happy to travel anywhere in the UK, and internationally. 

Once you've booked your session with me, I'll send you a pack full of Noah and Alex branded goodies which you can use for displays, student prizes and giveaways. (Items subject to availability). 

 

"Simon's visit and books have ignited great conversations here, as well as helping many children return to reading for pleasure." - Jane Earley, LRC Manager, Cavendish School.

 

"Simon's engaging and entertaining writing style is equalled in his vibrant and enthralling presentation skills... several 'hard to reach' students loved getting copies of his novels and have been avidly reading and telling their friends about the books and their experience meeting a real live author." - Sally Baker, LRA Manager, Durrington High School. 

 

Books by Simon James Green

I'm the author of three YA novels, Noah Can't Even, Noah Could Never and Alex in Wonderland, all published by Scholastic. I also wrote the short story 'Penguins' which is featured in the Proud anthology from Stripes.

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Noah Can't Even

Noah Can't Even

Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother's Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is... Well, it's pure hell. Why can't Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone - maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely - he'd be seen in a different light? But Noah's plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That's when things go from bad to utter chaos. 
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Noah Could Never

Noah Could Never

"Side-splitting comedy" - The Guardian" Refreshingly positive...sure to leave you with a smile on your face." - OK Magazine Noah's back, and more bananas! He and Harry are now officially boyfriends, but is Noah ready for the difference? It's no help that a group of cosmopolitan French exchange students have descended on Little Fobbing - including sexy Pierre Victoire, who seems to have his eye on Harry! Meanwhile, Noah's paired up with a girl ... who, most outrageously, is not even French. But that's not all: the police are monitoring Noah, and he can't tell if it's because his dad and secret half-brother, Eric, have made off with his gran's fake diamonds; because his PE teacher is receiving mysterious cash infusionsfrom Russia; or because drag queen Bambi Sugapops is hiding out at Noah's house in the midst of a knock-down, bare-knuckled drag feud. Will Noah ever catch a break?! 
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Alex in Wonderland

Alex in Wonderland

A novel that will have you laughing out loud one minute, and swooning the next! "Simon James Green is one of the most hilarious, heart-flippingly romantic, charmingly observant writers in the game right now." Becky Albertalli, author of Love, Simon. In the town of Newsands, painfully shy Alex is abandoned by his two best friends for the summer. But he unexpectedly lands a part-time job at Wonderland, a run-down amusement arcade on the seafront, where hegets to know the other teen misfits who work there. Alex starts to come out of his shell, and even starts to develop feelings for co-worker Ben... who, as Alex's bad luck would have it, has a girlfriend. Then as debtors close in on Wonderland and mysterious, threatening notes start to appear, Alex and his new friends take it on themselves to save their declining employer. But, like everything in Wonderland, nothing is quite what it seems... 
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Penguins (Proud anthology)

Penguins (Proud anthology)

Cameron's coming-out moment is overshadowed by two gay penguins at the local zoo. Penguins is a short story in Proud - a stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. 

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Keywords

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