SCWIB RETREAT Friday 12th May- Sunday 14th  

Thursday 18th May- Waterstones Newcastle – times to be confirmed

Saturday 20th MayWaterstones Taunton book signing 11am-2pm 

Monday 22nd May- Waterstones Salisbury  book signing 4pm-6pm

Tuesday  23rd May– Waterstones Plymouth ( school event but signed books will be available in store)

Thursday 25th May– Hay Festival – schools event

Friday 26th May- Waterstones Yeovil (school event but signed books also available in store)

Saturday 27th May– Waterstones Exeter Roman Gate (opposite John Lewis) book signing 11am-2pm





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School visits are an exciting part of being a writer. Lucky for me, I also teach English (including Creative Writing) to 11-18 year olds, so I’m quite at home in a school setting.

 I am happy to talk about any aspect of writing. My own writing specialism is for middle grade readers (9-12 year olds). To date, my stories are set in the Victorian era: one is a ghost story, the other is about a tightrope walker who crosses Niagara Falls. Both have strong female main characters.

 My visits comprise a talk, a workshop, or both. I am happy to discuss a school’s requirements beforehand and adapt accordingly.

 General Talk About Being a Writer

Length1 hour total ( 45mins talk/readings, 15 mins Q+A)

Numbers: flexible- (class size, year group size, assembly size)

Content: Why I became a writer, where my inspirations come from, the process of writing a book from idea to publication, readings from ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ and ‘Little Miss Blondin.’ Images and props used.

 Creative Writing Workshop

 Length: whole day, half day, 1 hour sessions

Numbers: Ideally no more than 20. Max 30.

Content: Sessions may be on any of these topics.

Getting Started: fun ways to be inspired.

Writing Ghost Stories

Creating Another World

Using History to Write a Story

Creating Character and Voice

Writing Adventure Stories

My Qualifications

I have a PGCE in English and 18 years classroom experience. I also have an MA in Creative Writing. Each year, I accompany our students on a week’s creative writing residential at the Arvon Foundation’s centre in Devon. I often run events in my own school, as well as workshops for students from our feeder primary schools.

I am also available through the Patron of Reading scheme:

Contact + Fees:

Please contact me at , or via my publicist Hannah Love at Faber. My fees are £185 for an hour session, £350 for half day (3 hours), £500 full day plus expenses. This is in line with the Society of Authors rates.


3 thoughts on “Events

    1. Hi Alison, what a lovely invitation, thanks very much. Do you have an email address where I can contact you so we can chat further about a possible trip? Many thanks + look forward to hearing from you, Emma

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