Taking part in author events is one of the best things about writing children’s books. Unfortunately, since I’m not a world-famous author, I also have a full time Monday-Friday job! However, if and when I can, I’m happy to take part in author visits to schools, libraries and shops in Central Scotland (and further afield, work permitting!).
I can provide virtual author visits through Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other video-calling solutions – live if possible, or pre-recorded if not. This can involve questions and answers submitted by classes, and in the past I’ve received stories from children too to read ahead of the session. Please do get in touch if you’d like to take part in a virtual storytelling – my experience so far is that the kids love it! And, since everyone has enough on their plate and resources are stretched as it is, I do not charge a fee for a virtual visit.
Please contact me by email or on the form below if you would like more information.
I have already enjoyed sharing my stories with children in Primaries 1 to 3 at Bellsquarry Primary School and Midcalder Primary School in Livingston, Simpson Primary School and Broxburn Primary School in West Lothian, Linlithgow Primary School and Lowport Primary School in Linlithgow and Grange Primary School in Bo’ness.
I have visited Knightsridge Primary to take part in their Scottish Book Trust ‘Big Bedtime Read’ event and Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh. I have also appeared at the Further From Festival where I had the absolute pleasure of hosting a Ruan the Little Red Squirrel event for classes from five primary schools together – that’s about 100 children (superb fun!).
Book Week Scotland 2020 was a different week to any year before, but Ruan, Drew, Amber, Alfie, Uncle Angus and I were all thrilled to take part in a host of virtual events at Antonine Primary School in Glasgow, Deanburn Primary School in Bo’ness, and Low Port Primary School and Stoneyburn Primary School in West Lothian.
Ruan the Little Red Squirrel and The Kilted Coo have also been used as a Scottish topic bases by Primary 1 and Primary 3 classes.