Last year I passed my driving test (at the tender age of thirty-four). The surest motivation in the weeks leading up to it was school book talks.
I’ve ran school talks before but I’ve always been lucky enough to be able to get to the talk on foot, by bus, or (on more than one occasion) I managed to wangle a lift from a teacher (thanks Mr Scoogle!).
Now I’m fully mobile. I can get to the most remote little primary school in the middle of nowhere if I’m asked to. It’s a wildly freeing feeling and I can’t wait to see what it brings.
My schedule will mean that the first talks will take place some time in late October/early November. Please get in touch to book.
I’m based in Perthshire (Scotland) and I don’t charge for book talks but I do fund them by selling copies of my books at the talks themselves. I can set up a pre-order option for teachers so that pickup and signing etc. is as smooth as possible.
Pre-order ensures that I have enough books on hand at the talk (I can also pre-sign books to help reduce wait time after the talk is finished).
However, I’m also happy to turn up on the day with a batch of books.
Talks can be themed around the methodology of writing, book production, story-telling, research, or I can simply talk about the books (this allows me to cater to classes from primary 3 and upwards).
I’m also happy to discuss a more regular visit schedule for things like writing or book making workshops (though I may have to charge a small fee for these to cover travel, and resources, etc.)
If you would like me to visit your class (or other children’s group, club, or organisation) to talk about writing and stories please get in touch using the form below. I look forward to hearing from you. All the best, John