School and Library Visits

Historical Associations, Society, Writer Groups. Charity Organisations

I give talks to Adults and Children on

Self Publishing, History (particularly the Dark Ages)- Science Fiction and Fantasy -Creative Writing -


Schools: 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.


Alison Wood at

Windsor High School and Sixth Form Halesowen 0121 602 7559


Groups and Societies: Here are some references:

Thanks again for the coffee morning talk (on Life in AD 600), it was enjoyed for all. We had a lot of very positive comments from our group.

Val Cotterill Frankley Library

Thanks for the email, and thanks for doing the talk. I think it was a great success. Yes – they are a large group but i think I know when they are enjoying  a session, and the very rare occasions when they dont. So I am confident in saying that everyone got a lot out of it.
Yes – I am willing to provide a reference or whatever so pass on my email details to anyone concerned.

Ned Williams Gornal Active Retirement group


More references

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.


Many thanks for the session last night at Cubs.  They certainly had fun dressing up and handling the weapons! Wylde Green Cubs


Thank you for your day, the students had a great time. It is a pleasure to recommend you.
~Alison Wood Windsor High School and Sixth Form Halesowen June 2011


Below: Pictures of the Anglo-Saxon session:


Below: Time Travel talk and CReative Writing

Creative Writing Workshop Use of Props and interactive items


Children can try on costumes I will talk about History and I will talk about Time Travel


Richard Denning school visit

(Left side image taken at Wylde Green School, Right hand image at Lincoln Book Fair by
Ros Jackson of )


Visit the Gallery (or click on left side image above) for images
from my visit to Wylde Green School in March 2011.


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,
he got us fascinated about science-fiction. Looking at several books about
the topic made us enjoy it too. We are definately going to buy one of his
exciting books! He even had us joining in and we had a lot of fun learning.

~ Pupil at Wylde Green School March 2011



I am willing to visit your school, Library, association or group

Schools: I have several presentations designed to be entertaining and thought

provoking for children of ages circa 8 and upwards. The talks use props and costume and involve interactive activities by the children. They can be ammended to fit the age group.


Adult groups: I am happy to come and talk about


The talks are intended to fit into World Book Day and other activities.


Duration - can be adjusted but will be circa 60 -75 minutes. Events typically consists of talks, readings, discussions and activities:


What was life like in AD 600? What was life like for the incoming Anglo-Saxons who founded Mercia and Birmingham? What did they wear, eat, and grow? How did they fight and what did they believe in? Aimed at Historical Associations and adult groups.


Time travel sounds like fun until you try it! 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.

Find out more


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


Introduction to writing Historical Fiction 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.


The Great Fire of London 1666 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.


The ins and outs of getting published - by a self published author "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 as well as adult writers groups etc.



Daytime: 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.

Nights and Weekends: I am occupied on most Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays and Thursday evening are potentially available. Preferably not fridays. Weekends - please check.



Generally all I expect is that the school or Library purchase 1 copy of each of my books for
their library as appropiate for the age group at a discounted rate of £6 each. (2 to 4 titles).


In the case of other adult groups all I ask is the ability to bring my books along for sale in ehe vent of interest.

Assuming I am available, I am willing to attend venues in the West Midlands and immediate area for no other charge other than a cup of tea! For visits at a further distance than approximately 25 miles I would probably expect to receive reasonable expenses for mileage (Calculated at 25p per mile from Sutton Coldfield) but email me and we can discuss that.


Selling Books at Schools


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 or group 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.


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Groups I have visited

Quinton Local History Group

Frankley Library Group

Gornal Active Retirement Group

Andromeda One Sci Fi convention

Birmingham Science Fiction Group

Macclesfield Writers Group

Wylde Green Cub Pack


Schools I Have Visited

The Rosary R.C School

Holyfield Road School

St Peter's CofE School Stonall

Castlewood Special School Coventry

Ashlawn School*

Coleshill School*

Alcester Accademy*

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.