School Visits

I offer both author talks and creative writing workshops at my school events. Below is a rough outline of what I provide, but I can be flexible with regards to timing and combining talks and workshops. Please contact me if you would like further information.


Author Talks

  • My author talks are thirty to forty minutes long and are suitable for large groups of primary school children.

  • I’ll have a table full of colourful props related to ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’ on display.

  • I’ll use a Powerpoint presentation.

  • We will talk about why we love stories and how to go about writing our own - starting with a story seed and making it grow. I'll talk about ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’ - how I got the idea and started the story and what it's like in Alex's world. I try to be as interactive as possible, so I will be asking lots of questions, and playing games. I want every child to feel involved..

  • I will talk about how I became a writer, and life as an author, as I find most children are especially interested in this!

  • I’ll read a very short excerpt from ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’.

  • I’ll answer any questions the children have about writing or authoring, or anything they like!

  • My aim is to encourage the children’s love for stories, so that they leave raring to pick up a book and read, or to write one themselves.


Not-So-Super Powers Workshop

  • Suitable for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

  • For up to 30 children

  • Lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour


This session encourages children to look at well-known story devices in a new way. We will talk about classic superheroes and powers, and then, using ‘The Stink’ as a springboard, we’ll try to think up some more interesting powers, and the drawbacks that come with them. The children will create characters with these powers, and I’ll show them how to build stories around them. I'll encourage the children to share their ideas and to help each other to build stories from them.

Animal Agents Workshop

  • Suitable for years 2, 3, 4 and 5

  • For up to 30 children

  • Lasts approximately 40 minutes

This session links with 'The Stink' and 'The Furry Fury'. Using the idea of pets and animals leading double lives as secret agents, we will create agent profiles for our unique animal agents and build missions for them, creating exciting and imaginative adventures.

Everyday Adventures Workshop

  • Suitable for years 3, 4, 5 and 6

  • For up to 30 children

  • Lasts approximately 45/50 minutes

Something that runs through all of my stories is the idea of looking at ordinary and familiar things and re-imagining them so that they become extraordinary or form part of an unexpected adventure.This session draws on, 'The Stink', 'The Furry Fury' and 'Mo, Lottie and the Junkers' and aims to encourage children to look at everyday things in a new way to create exciting adventures.

*NEW* Imagination Workshops - for SEN

  • These are specifically aimed at children with Special Educational Needs

  • For up to 30 children - group numbers depending on the needs of the children attending

  • Lasts from 30 minutes up to two hours, depending on the ages and requirements of the children

My imagination workshops are aimed specifically at children with special educational needs and will be tailored to each individual group. I have a range of activities, including sensory-based fun for younger children, and idea-generating activities and sessions based on developing ideas into stories and finding a way to record them for KS2 and up, whether that's writing, drawing or acting them out. I will work with teachers to design a session to suit their particular group of children. My main aim is for children to have fun building stories and being creative, and to boost their self-confidence in developing and expressing their ideas.

I have enhanced DBS clearance and Public Liability insurance.

My charges are £300 plus travel and accommodation expenses (where applicable), for a full day visit. This would typically include:

  • Whole school assembly

  • 3-4 class workshops

  • Signing

  • And happy to adapt to your school's specific requirements

If you are interested in making a booking, or would like more information, please contact me at or get in touch with my agency

Free Skype Sessions

I also offer free 20 minute Skype sessions to schools, for Q&A sessions or a quick talk about my stories. Extended sessions can also be booked for a small fee. Please contact me for more information.