For information on my adult Guardian Masterclasses on How to Write for Children please see here.
I love going into schools and talking to kids about my work and my passion for books and reading. I also teach occasional writing workshops for adults (see above).
Here are just a few of the nice things schools have said about my recent visits (and a great photo of me and some pirate kids at The New School in Rome.
“I wanted to thank you, Lucy, for exceeding our expectations and giving us a wonderful day. The feedback today has been extremely positive…” Adam Reilly, The New School, Rome
“I cannot thank you enough for driving all that way to visit us. The girls and teachers have been coming up to me all day saying how wonderful your presentation was and how nice it was to meet you. The Greek myths have flown out of the library and many girls were busy doing the various quizzes at lunchtime today. Your presentation did, indeed, give the teachers lots of material to work with in the terms ahead as they look to cover myths in their review of the Ancient Greeks, Romans and early settlers in Britain.” Sheri Sticpewich, School Librarian, St Catherine’s Prep, Bramley
“Thanks ever so much for a FABULOUS morning! All day yesterday and today the children have been talking about your presentations, especially the older children. They are reading the Greek myths at home and coming into school in the morning to share their stories.” Kathleen Whalen, School Librarian, Croughton Elementary School, RAF Croughton
I do a MAXIMUM of three events per day, and my fees, terms and conditions are set out at the bottom of the page. Group sizes are always negotiable, but normally 70 kids is the limit unless indicated. All the events I offer in schools are listed below, as well as equipment requirements.
If you’d like to ask me about a visit, you can do so through the Contact Page, but PLEASE do remember I get booked up well in advance for World Book Day and Children’s Book Week, so don’t leave it till the last minute!
Interactive session including:
Time: 1 hr for Y3 – Y6
A 35-40 min PowerPoint illustrated presentation and talk, including:
Time: 1 hr for Yr 7-10
Interactive sessions for younger children comprising:
A 10 min Powerpoint illustrated reading of:
Draw your own Pirate Paraphernalia (Jolly Roger Flag/Hat)
Learn to Talk like a Pirate- lots of Yo Ho Ho and singing but NO rum!
Time: 30-45 mins for Nursery – Year 1
Group Size: up to 60.
A 10 min PowerPoint illustrated reading of:
Draw your own Bear Best Friend (interactive)
Best things to do with Best Bear Friends (very short interactive Q and A)
Time: 30 mins
Group size: up to 60
45 min PowerPoint illustrated talk:
Time: 1 hr for Y2 – 4
For all sessions I will need working PowerPoint facilities (screen and technology to plug a USB stick into), a lectern for notes (can be a music stand!), desk or table and chair or stool, please, plus water and a glass. For the Picture Book Fun and Beastly Olympus interactive drawing sessions, every child will need paper and crayons or felt tips, and I will need an A3 flipchart or board with marker pens.
Please arrange for a local bookshop to be available to sell my books at the event. I will be delighted to sign copies either during the lunch break or at the beginning/end of the event.
Nobody likes discussing the nitty gritty bits like money, but it has to be done! Please do read The Society of Authors ‘Author Fees Advice for School and Library Visits’ for guidance and more information on why I and other authors charge what we do for visits.
So here goes:
My publishers are:
Bloomsbury Children’s Books @KidsBloomsbury
Nosy Crow @NosyCrowBooks
Orchard Books @orchardbooks
Orion Children’s Books @the_orionstar
Piccadilly Press @PiccadillyPress
You can also find their full addresses on the Contact Page.