The White Phoenix Author Visits
For World Book Day 2022, I am delighted to offer author visits with an historical twist, either in-person or virtual.
Visits will typically include a reading from my historical novel The White Phoenix, set in London in 1666, followed by a Q&A session focusing on the process of writing and/or the Great Fire of London. In addition, I can offer a workshop exploring what an imaginary World Book Day 1666 might have been like, with students encouraged to work together to create the first-ever children’s book.
I am flexible as to the length and exact content of the visits, so feel free to discuss with me your school’s particular needs.
Virtual visits can either be live via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, or pre-recorded. For pre-recorded visits, please submit questions to me in advance. The length of the session can be tailored to meet your requirements.
Feedback from World Book Day 2021
Great Fire Workshop
I have been presenting Great Fire Workshops to Year 2s in local schools for several years. Dressed in seventeenth-century costume, I assume the role of Mistress Hopper, the owner of a bookshop by St Paul’s Cathedral which has just burnt down in the Great Fire. Mistress Hopper describes her escape from the fire as though it has only just taken place, and interacts with the children as though they are discussing the latest news from London together. A PowerPoint presentation showing maps and paintings of the Great Fire helps to bring it to life.
The children are then encouraged to write and draw postcards to send to friends in other cities, asking for help to rebuild London. The children are also given the opportunity to dress up in seventeenth-century style with bonnets, aprons and cloaks.
For more information, prices and bookings, please contact me via the Contact page.