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 and the Great Fire of London)- 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.
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.
Ned Williams Gornal Active Retirement group
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.
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, 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.The talks are intended to fit into World Book Day and other activities.
Adult groups: I am happy to come and talk about the following subjects for your group.
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 Schools doing Saxons, Historical Associations and adult groups.
The Fury of the Northmen I can adapt the above talk to look at time in Viking England - again using props and artefacts.
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. 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 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: please check with me.
Charges (Revised September 2014)
Generally I have to use up time I could be working in to do the visit (or book time off work) so I feel that a modest fee is appropiate.
For one presentation of circa 60 -75 minutes I charge £30
For a half day perhaps including three presentations of up to 60 minutes each. Charge £75
Full day. Maybe including speaking at morning assembly then up to six sessions of up to 60 minutes each. Charge £125
Schools buying my books: If a school Library is willing to buy books directly from me at £6 each I will accept the order of books as part payment for the apprearance fee. IE Buy 5 books at £6 each - I will deduct £30 from the fee.
In addition to the fee for the presentation I may charge travel costs depndant on distance.
Assuming I am available, I am willing to attend venues in the West Midlands and immediate area for no travel 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).
Selling Books at Schools and societies.
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 or members 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
Sutton Coldfield Girls School*
The Rosary R.C School
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.