School and Library Visits
Creative Writing - History - Science Fiction and Fantasy
For a reference on what a visit by me would be like contact
Penny Keskinkillinc at St Peters RC School Solihull 0121 705 3988
Thank you so much for two lovely sessions Richard, the pupils really enjoyed them and we are really grateful.
Windsor High School and Sixth Form Halesowen 0121 602 7559
Just wanted to say thank you once again for a great afternoon. Never have I seen Literature, Creative Writing, Science, History, Physics and Drama in one lesson!
Many many thanks Gail Baker-Jones Library Officer, Coleshill School.
Thank you for your day, the students had a great time. It is a pleasure to recommend you.
Below: Pictures of the Anglo-Saxon session:
Below: Time Travel talk and CReative Writing
(Left side image taken at Wylde Green School, Right hand image at Lincoln Book Fair by
Many thanks for your very informative and fun talk and presentation, the students are talking about it today. Your hard work and effort was very much appreciated by us all. Everyone has advised me that it was good and they all enjoyed themselves.
John Henry Newman Catholic College, Chelmsey Wood
"A great author with an enthusiastic personality came into our school,
I am willing to visit your school or Library.
I have several presentations designed to be entertaining and thought
provoking for children of ages circa 9 and upwards. The talks use props and costume and involve interactive activities by the children. They can be ammended to fit the age group.
The talks are intended to fit into World Book Day and other activities.
Duration - can be adjusted but will be circa 60 minutes. Events typically consists of talks, readings, discussions and activities:
The fascination of time travel and why it could be more dangerous than you think! A rattle through Time Travel in book and movie, the science of Time Travel and its dangers. Includes readings from Tomorrow's Guardian. Ideal for Years 5 to 6.
A warrior in Anglo Saxon England . Looking at weapons and also beliefs. This talk over laps the mythology of Anglo Saxon England before christianity and the day to day life. Includes readings from my novel (for Primary school children - Shield Maiden) Ideal for Years 5 to 6 Find out more
What to think about when writing a Time Travel Story A creative writing workshop. We look at Time Travel - its problems and its challenges from the point of view of writing a novel. Ideal for Years 7 to 8
Making the past believable. Looking at writing historical novels. Inspiration for ideas, researching the subject, plots and people, making it vibrant and alive. Where to go next. This is intended for Secondary schools.
By Permission of Heaven! A talk about The Great Fire of London - its causes, extent and the fallout from it. Includes readings from Tomorrow's Guardian and/ or The Last Seal and use of video, maps and my Board Game to illustrate. Can be pitched at Primary school or adapted for secondary schools.
"I would be grateful if you would consider my novel." So you have written a book - where to go next. Researching the market, spotting the next big thing. Writing a proposal. Agents, publishers, Print on Demand, Small press and self publishing. This is intended for secondary schools in GCSE and later years.
Subject to prior bookings etc I am typically available every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from circa 1pm. I can possibly arrange to be free at other times but that is subject to enough notice being given.
Generally all I expect is that the school or Library purchase 1 copy of each of my books for
Unless the event coincided with a book fair where my books were being carried, I would bring copies of my books along for sale to the children should they wish to buy them. I do not push these - they are there in case some one wants one. The books would be sold at a discounted rate down from the RRP and I would advise the school of the cost of the books so that, should they wish to, they can advise parents. I usually send the school handouts to give the children in advance of my visit so they know the books and prices.
For more information please email me:
Some Dates and Places I am attending
Stafford Book Festival. 15th September
New Writers UK Book Festival & Fayre VIII –22nd September
Historical Novel Society - 29th and 30th September I will be part of a self publishing panel.
Kimberley Book Worm Day 6th October
World Book Day - I am visiting a number of schools
Tolkien Weekend Birmingham: ? 18th and 19th May 2013 TBC
Birmingham UK Games Expo – Sat June the 25th and 26th May 2013
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Schools I Have Visited
Holyfield Road School
St Peter's CofE School Stonall
Castlewood Special School Coventry
Smith's Wood Sport College*
The Friary Lichfield*
Lozells Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary Lichfield
St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Sutton Coldfield.
John Henry Newman Technical College, Chelmsey Wood*
Chillwell Croft Primary School
Kings Norton High School*
Ilam C of E School Ilam
Valley School Oakamoor
Faber RC School, Cotton
Waverley School Small Heath*
St Peter's RC Solihull*
Windsor High Halesowen*
Blackwood School Streetly
Wylde Green Primary School
Secondary Schools are indicated by a * and primary schools left unmarked.