My talks are suitable for pupils in Y4 up to Y7. I am always happy to discuss and adapt the format of a school event with teachers so that I can provide a relevant and enjoyable time for the children always making time at the end of the talk for them to ask questions.
An event will last about an hour and the format will be something like this:
I’ll introduce myself and the book I’m going to talk about, explaining where the idea came from and how an author researches and writes a book.
I’ll read a short piece from the book followed by some audience participation. With Road to London, for instance, I’ll bring along Tudor costumes for the children try on – which is great fun. I also have a short power point presentation which shows how London has grown enormously since Tudor times and there’s also a film trailer for the book.
I suggest that the children read one of my books or look at my website prior to my visit. Taking home a signed book is one of the highlights of the day for a child and, if possible, I should like my books to be available for sale after the talk.
Where I am visiting KS2 of a school, I would be happy to go to talk briefly to the youngest children – to introduce myself as an author, to read to them and to answer questions. I find that by doing this, the infants don’t feel left out of the excitement of the day.