Author holding his book under a tree

Meet the Children’s Authors: Schools Week Programme

Here are some of the amazing authors we had lined up for this year’s Schools Week which we have unfortunately had to cancel.

However - all is not lost!

Many authors have already offered to be part of alternative events that we are planning. More details to follow.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 and social distancing government guidelines, our 2020 Schools Week has been cancelled.  However, we hope to arrange some alternative events as soon as we are able to do so.  Watch this space!

Primary Schools

Sean Taylor

Books to try: Hoot owl, master of disguise

A Brave Bear

Don’t call me Choochie Pooh

Where the Bugaboo lives

Hear Sean reading at


From Sean:  As well as reading out my books, I use riddles, poems, storytelling and songs to get audiences involved.

My creative writing workshops feature a mix of starting points suitable for all ages, and usually end with poetry performances from some of the children.

Event: Talk with readings; poetry workshops

Ages: Ages 5 - 8

Book jacket for Where the Bugaboo lives

Guy Bass

Books to recommend

New: The Haunting of Luna Moon and The Unimaginary Friend (Skeleton Keys Series)

Spynosaur (series)

Stitch Head (series)

Dyslexia-friendly titles: Noah Scape; Aidan Abet Teacher’s Pet; Laura Norder Sheriff of Butt’s Canyon

Listen to his latest at 

Guy Bass is an award-winning children's author and semi-professional geek! His series include Spynosaur, Stitch Head, The Legend of Frog, Dinkin Dings, Atomic! and Monster Madness / Monster MayhemWinner of the Blue Peter Award 2010

‘The joy of reading seems ever more joyous when Guy rolls into a school!’



Event: Inclusive performance to class or large group

Ages: Ages: 8-11

The Haunting of Luna Moon book jacket

Joseph Coelho

Books to recommend

New: Poems Aloud

Werewolf Club Rules!

A Year of Nature Poetry

If All the World Were..

Dip into Joseph’’s website to see him performing his poems, and talking about poetry

A typical event could include a whole school assembly of up to 30 minutes followed by an hour's poetry writing workshops with one class (30 students). His latest book is a brilliant collection of performance poems.

Event: Performance poetry; writing workshop

Ages: Ages: 8 - 11

Poems Aloud book jacket

Secondary Schools

Jess Butterworth

Books: Running on the Roof of the World

When the Mountains Roared

Swimming Against the Storm - Winner of the Big Book Award 2019

Where the Wilderness Lives  for posts and teaching resources.

Jess’ stories come from her travels in different countries around the world, where her young protagonists meet the challenges of our changing environment in gripping adventures.

Event: Talk; Creative writing workshop

Ages: Year group 7 - 9

Where the Wilderness Lives

Savita Kalhan

Books: That Asian Kid  Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020

The Girl in the Broken Mirror ( Yr 9+)


Savita’s books address issues that are faced by young British Asians, but the questions they explore are universal to young people.

From a review for That Asian Kid - 'A very modern moral dilemma explored in this witty and surprising novel about systemic racism, family, friendship and ultimately doing the right thing. A book to confound and challenge expectations as well as to genuinely entertain.’

Event: Talk; creative writing workshop

Ages: Year group 8 - 13

That Asian Kid book jacket

John Townsend

Books: Children in WW2: Facts and Jokes

Geography: Facts and Jokes (many others in series)

Life-sized Bugs

Reptile Robotics (Beastly Science Series)….and many more!  for details of workshops


John can work with all abilities including SEN. His events are generally designed to hook in ‘reluctant readers’ (although not exclusively).

John’s talks include foul facts, cheesy jokes, adventure fiction and all things animals to prove how reading is cool, scary and mind-boggling!

Event: Presentations and workshops

Ages: Year group: 7 - 8/ + SEN

Reptile Robotics book jacket

Lisa Williamson


First Day of My Life

All About Mia (YA)

Paper Avalanche - Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2020.

The Art of Being Normal (YA) - Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016

More at

GRACE, the oldest: straight-A student.
AUDREY: the youngest: future Olympic swimming champion.
And MIA, the mess in the middle. 
Mia is wild and daring, great with hair and selfies, and the undisputed leader of her friends – not attributes appreciated by her parents or teachers. 



Event: Talk; workshop based on Paper Avalanche

Ages: Year group: 8 - 13

All about Mia book jacket

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