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