I am currently offering events for Years 5-7, and can tailor my talks for classroom size groups (30-60 students) or assembly groups (up to 300 students). The standard format for the event consists of:
A 45 minute interactive presentation, which includes games, a reading, and a quiz.
A 10-15 minute Q&A.
A book signing.
During the event I talk about Indonesia, sweatshops, and what inspired me to write Kick. I explore the themes of family, friendship, and the importance of following your dreams. We play an interactive game to find out where clothes are made, and students will also have the opportunity to reassemble a pair of football boots in record time (click here for the school leaderboard)! At the end of the session, I like to talk about the importance of defending human rights, and the inspirational power of both storytelling and sport. Students are free to ask me anything during the Q&A!
If you would like more information, or to discuss the possibility of arranging an event, please use the form in the contact section below. To download teaching resources for Kick, just click on the miniature cover.
Photo credit: Marzia Borracci/Hay Festival
Photo credit: Falkirk Council
I have always been captivated by storytelling, whether the stories are told through books, films, songs or video games. Growing up, my favourite children's book was probably The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, but I am also a big fan of Roald Dahl, Mal Peet, and Patrick Ness.
My early interest in storytelling eventually led me to study English Literatutre with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, after which I wrote my debut novel, Kick. For me, books are a means of activism as well as entertainment, which is why I tend to write stories of social injustice infused with warmth and humour. I believe books should not just create new worlds, but help us to dream up new ways of looking at the one in which we live.
I now live in Norwich with my wife and daughter, where I spend most of my time writing, reading or selling books!