CONTACTING AUTHORS FOR SCHOOL EVENTS

This section provides contact details for authors and illustrators who visit schools and information about the kind of events they hold.



Josh Lacey
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Josh Lacey


Main titles

A Dog Called Grk
The Dragonsitter
The Island of Thieves
Bearkeeper

Age Ranges

I talk to all ages in primary ie years 1-6. I don't usually talk to Reception, although I could have a brief chat with them about books and writing. I also visit secondary schools to teach creative writing workshops and talk about the Tom Trelawney books to years 7 and 8.

Preferred Event

I'm happy to talk about my books to groups of children of any size (from a class to an entire school). I talk about my work as a writer, answer questions, and always read from at least one of my books. I also teach creative writing.

Number of Sessions

Any

Size of Audience

I often talk to an entire school in an assembly, which might be several hundred children. Or I talk to particular year groups; for instance, I might talk to years 1-4 about the Dragonsitter, then talk about the Tom Trelawney books to years 5 and 6. Creative writing workshops work best with smaller groups, so everyone gets a chance to share their work and get feedback, and I'd suggest a maximum of 30 children.

Home area

London

Regions Covered

Any

Fee

Please contact me to discuss fees.

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Author's Comments

TYPES OF EVENTS I HAVE DONE:

I have visited schools around the UK and abroad, talking about my books and teaching creative writing. I have also performed at literary festivals in the UK and abroad, and given talks in bookshops and at conferences.

SCHOOL'S PREPARATION:

Every school is different, so it's best to discuss your needs with me in advance.

MY PREPARATION:

Again, best to discuss your needs with me in advance.

THE EVENT:

Visiting schools is an integral part of my work as a writer of children's books. I enjoy meeting readers, inspiring new generations of writers and working with young people on developing their own creativity.

When I visit a school, I talk about the books that I have written and read aloud from them. I talk about why and how I write, discussing my ideas and inspirations. And I always leave lots of time for questions.

I vary the event for the age of the audience, the size of the group and the amount of time available. I might talk to the whole school first, then visit individual classes to run creative writing sessions, or spend the whole day going from one class to another.

Workshops might cover creating a character, writing a story, making a book, reading for pleasure, or writing letters and emails, and can be tailored to fit a particular school's requirements.


ANY OTHER INFORMATION:

I have Public Liability Insurance provided by the National Association of Writers in Education.