There are a thousand ways to die in the forest, but old age is not one of them ...
I am currently offering assembly events (up to 300 students) and creative writing workshops (up to 30 students) for Years 5-7, although I can tailor workshops for older students as well. The standard format for an assembly comprises:
A 45 minute interactive presentation, which includes games, a reading, and a quiz.
A 10-15 minute Q&A.
A book signing.
During my talks, I focus on the humanitarian and environmental aspects of my books, the research that goes into them, and what inspires me to write. I try to make my talks as fun and accessible as possible by including interactive games and challenges that bring my stories to life. At the end of the session, 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 one of my books just click on the corresponding 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 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, but I am also a big fan of Neil Gaiman, M.G. Leonard, Patrick Ness, Mal Peet, Terry Pratchett, Katherine Rundell, and Kurt Vonnegut.
My early interest in storytelling eventually led me to study English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, after which I wrote my debut novel, Kick, which received the Branford Boase Award. 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 Norfolk with my wife and daughters, where I spend most of my time writing, reading or selling books. I also love playing board games, exploring the natural world, and baking sweet treats!
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For publicity enquiries relating to Pop!, Spark or Toxic please contact: Lucy.Clayton@hachettechildrens.co.uk
For all other enquiries, including to arrange an event, please use the form below. I would love to hear from you!