I often visit schools, bookshops, libraries and festivals to talk about my work.
I also teach creative writing, running sessions for children of different ages and abilities, encouraging them to be creative and inventive in their use of language and narrative.
“The children were excited in advance about meeting you but even more so afterwards – you engaged with them brilliantly and inspired them in many different ways. I think you would be very pleased if you could see how many Grk books are still being read in the playground at breaktime more than a week later! The Year 5 and Year 6 children enjoyed your workshops enormously and some have continued working on the ideas by themselves at home. It was a very special day for us all and thank you so much for all that you put into it.”
From Hay-on-Wye to Chipping Norton, Edinburgh to Dubai, I’ve been to literary festivals around the UK and the world, discussing my books and, I hope, helping to encourage a love of reading and writing in young audiences.
I teach creative writing to both children and adults. Along with my work in schools, I’ve taught various courses for adults at City Lit in London. This year and last year, I have been teaching at Burlington Danes Academy with First Story. In 2013, I was Writer in Residence at the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden.
I’ve prepared a short document with more information about my school visits, please email me and I’ll send it to you. Or do get in touch if you have any questions, or to enquire about availability.
I am a member of the National Association of Writers in Education and have Public Liability Insurance of £10million through their professional membership scheme.
The photograph at the top of this page shows my visit to Hampton Junior School; photograph by Vicki Sharp. The picture of a book-signing was taken by Philippa Moyle during my visit to Hawthorns School in Surrey. The page from the newsletter was produced by pupils at George Eliot Primary School in Maida Vale. The “thank you” card came from the children at Northbury Primary in Barking. The “Josh Lacey’s visit” display was prepared by Karen Heard, the librarian at the Grove Primary School in Frimley, and the Dragonsitter display is from the Falcons School for Girls in Putney.