Here are 25 ways in which schools can ensure an author visit is a success. Includes little but all-important practical things…
And being the awesome person she is, although both she and Philip Reeve are not taking any more bookings for 2014, she includes a roster of recommendations at the end of her blog post – I have pasted the list below
14. Buy new marker pens. Every author knows the feeling of discovering on-stage that a pen’s a dud. Three test swipes of a used pen won’t always reveal which ones will work for more than a minute. An author visit is a big deal; invest in a pack of new markers, they don’t cost that much. Make sure you have enough flip chart paper if the author wants a flip chart, and check that the flip chart stand isn’t broken.
Note: Philip Reeve and I are totally booked up for the rest of the year and not taking on any more school visits. But I can recommend some awesome authors! This is by no means a comprehensive list, but some fabulous ones in England (and most will travel) include:
Gary Northfield (London), David O’Connell (London), Elissa Elwick (London), Gillian Rogerson (Leeds), Anne Cottringer(Hereford), the Etherington Brothers (Bristol), Jamie Littler (London), Laura Ellen Anderson (London), Neill Cameron (Oxford),Jim Medway (Manchester), The Phoenix Comic authors, Sally Nicholls (Oxford), Patrice Aggs (Brighton), Liz Pichon (Brighton),Guy Parker-Rees (Brighton), Steve Cole (Buckinghamshire), James Mayhew (Hertfordshire), Alex T. Smith (London), Philip Ardagh (Tunbridge Wells), Alex Milway (London), Lauren St John (London), Kjartan Poskitt (York), Fiona Dunbar (London),Candy Gourlay (London), John Dougherty (Gloucestershire), Adam Stower (Brighton), Layn Marlow (Surrey), Jo Cotterill(Buckinghamshire), Garry Parsons (London), Ed Vere (London), Lizz Lunney (Birmingham), Laura Howell (Birmingham), Asia Alfasi (Birmingham), Juliet Clare Bell (Birmingham), Jon Mayhew (Wirral Peninsula), Moira Young (Bath), Jeff Norton (London),Caryl Hart (Derbyshire), Emma Vieceli (Cambridge), Chris Priestley (Cambridge), Woodrow Phoenix (London/Cambridge),Mary Hoffman (Oxford), Meg Rosoff (London), Francesca Simon (London), Nana Li (London), Lucy Coats (London), Garen Ewing (East Grinsted), Bali Rai (Leicester), Bridget Strevens-Marzo (London), Mo O’Hara (London), Keren David (London),Damian Kelleher (London), Anthony McGowan (Leeds), Helena Pielichaty (Nottinghamshire), Ali Sparkes (Southampton), Ian Beck, Jamie Thomson, Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, Andy Stanton, Nicola Davies, Saviour Pirotta, Tony Bradman,Nicola Smee, Michaela Morgan, Caroline Lawrence, Laura Dockrill (London), Anne Rooney, Kate Hindley, Shoo Rayner,Gillian Cross, An Vrombaut, Anthony Browne, Catherine Johnson, Michael Rosen, Mei Matsuoka, David Almond, Steve Lenton, Emma Dodd, Kelly Gerrard, Teri Terry, Chris Riddell (Brighton), Paul Stewart (Brighton), Jonny Duddle, Polly Dunbar,Leigh Hodgkinson, Hannah Marks, Anita Loughrey, The 2 Steves, Chris Mould, Frances Hardinge, Alan Gibbons, Holly Smale,Tim Bowler, Jackie Marchant.
And in Scotland, Adam Murphy (Glasgow), Nicola Morgan (Edinburgh and London), Vivian French (Edinburgh), Debi Gliori,Renita Boyle (Wigtown), Chae Strathie, Kev F Sutherland (Edinburgh)