Available for

Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Adult

Genres

Comedy, Fiction, Humour, Picture book

Book types

Fiction for children, Picture book

Awards

  • George's Amazing Adventures series: Spaghetti With The Yeti shortlisted for the Sheffield and Portsmouth and The Evening Standard Oscar's First Book Awards as well as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Treats for a T.Rex Junior Design Awards.

Organisations

  • National Association of Workshop Providers
  • General Teaching Council
  • Scattered Authors' Society
  • Society of Authors

Details

A typical author visit

Adam often starts with a half-hour performance to the whole school, including nursery and foundation. This is a typical literary festival type event, focusing on a picture book, for example one of the George’s Amazing Adventures series. In the performance, the children will meet the puppet of the character George.

Workshops

After the assembly there are many options for interactive workshops. With Adam, pupils can explore how to use stories in the George’s Amazing Adventures or Molly’s Magic Wardrobe series as models for innovating their own stories. Another alternative is to look at storytelling workshops, giving schools an insight into his work with Storytelling Schools. In these workshops, Adam demonstrates how to HEAR MAP STEP SPEAK stories, a methodology unique to Storytelling Schools and one that works for every kind of learner. Following these sessions, it works really well if the KS1 and KS2 children go straight into a ‘warm write’, as they have the structure of the story clear in their minds and have both experienced and used high level language. Through these workshops, the children have the chance to practise telling the stories in their own words – effectively innovating as they develop their telling of the story and finding their own story voice.

For more info on Adam’s workshops, please email www.adamandcharlotteguillain.co.uk

As well as writing for children, Adam is also a co-founder of Storytelling Schools, an international organization dedicated to working with children and teachers to teach and learn through the storytelling method. For more details visit www.storytellingschools.com

INSET Training

"Adam’s INSET sessions are lively, imaginative, practical and insightful. An outstanding teacher of teachers." (Pie Corbett)

Often schools add on a twilight training session following an author visit. The two-hour training takes participants through the methodology of Storytelling Schools (www.storytellingschools.com). Adam starts by telling a story that every teacher can use with their class. Here he demonstrates the HEAR MAP STEP SPEAK technique, considering calibration and extension. Following this, depending on time and the focus of the session, Adam explores how to elevate language as you move towards shared writing, identifying narrative foci and how to plan writers’ and language objectives. You could explore exemplar texts and toolkits that focus on shared writing before looking at what needs to be in place for innovation and invention to be of the highest quality.

Other Information

Adam has a full up-to-date DBS Enhanced Certificate and £10 million public liability insurance.

Testimonials

"An inspirational storyteller and writer who demystifies the creative process by sharing clear, multi-sensory strategies and techniques accessible to all." Chris Smith, Director of Schools Development, Story Museum, Oxford.

It is rare to find someone gifted enough to inspire teachers and pupils from Foundation to Year 6 but Adam is such a person. All these workshops were absolutely right for the age group - their content and approach were motivating and accessible for all children. Adam was encouraging and engaged the children in the process of writing. Staff have commented that they learnt more about the craft of writing after watching Adam for half an hour than they had over several INSET sessions."

Headteacher Oakmere Primary School, Northants.

Books by Adam Guillain

As you can see, I write picture books as well as novels for young readers.

978-1405285254
Molly's Magic Wardrobe

Molly's Magic Wardrobe

With a whizz and a pop and a shower of stars, Molly is off the Fairyland 
978-1405263511
Spaghetti With The Yeti

Spaghetti With The Yeti

Comedy Adventure 
978-1405277495
School for Dads

School for Dads

Anna decides it's time to turn the tables.... 
978-1405277136
Supermarket Gremlins

Supermarket Gremlins

Gremlins up to mischief 
9781405277143
School Gremlins

School Gremlins

Those cheeky gremlins are back! 
978-1405286282
The First Egg Hunt

The First Egg Hunt

How story of how egg hunts began 
978-1405273633
Muffins for Mummies

Muffins for Mummies

George goes on a mission to discover who is stealing the cakes from the museum cafe... 
978-1840593945
Bella Balistica and the Temple of Tikal

Bella Balistica and the Temple of Tikal

Bella's first adventure - the uncovering of her mystical powers and a Mayan prophesy 
9781405285247
Jellybeans for Giants

Jellybeans for Giants

George packs a bag full of jellybean treats and sets off to discover if giants really exist... Another in the George's Amazing Adventures series. 
978-1405273626
Treats for a T.Rex

Treats for a T.Rex

This time George takes his dog Trixie along... 
978-1405273619
Pizza for Pirates

Pizza for Pirates

Do pirates love pizza? 
9781405270540
Doughnuts for a Dragon

Doughnuts for a Dragon

Comical adventure 
9781405266819
Marshmallows For Martians

Marshmallows For Martians

Very silly alien adventure. 
9781405270557
Socks for Santa

Socks for Santa

Christmas is a time for giving and everyone needs a present - even Santa! 

Media

Keywords

CPD FUN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS KEYNOTE SPEAKER STORYTELLING