Author Events

Meeting a 'real' author or illustrator can be a really motivating and enjoyable experience for children and young people. Young readers don't always realise books are written by 'real people' - or...

Author Events

Organising author events

"It's great to have a school that is enthusiastic, but organisation is the most important factor in whether or not an event will succeed," said one author when asked on what makes his visits a...

Choosing & Contacting an author / illustrator

How do you decide who would be the best author to visit your school?

Preparing for the event

Planning an author visit well in advance will ensure the best results for the children, and the best performance from the visiting author, too.

On the day

This is when all the preparation pays off! It's worth remembering that the author will probably be a lot more nervous than the children. But there are still things you can do to ensure the visit...


How did the class enjoy the visit and has it encouraged the children to read any more of the authors’ books? Did it help motivate the children in their own creative writing? Research like this can...


Here's a quick reminder of the main points to remember when organising your author visit.