Students at St Mary's Primary, Dominica

I've been running workshops for primary and secondary school children, teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate students for more than twenty years. I use natural history as the jumping off point of all sorts of writing - most often poetry - but also creative non fiction and fiction.

Workshops are tailored to the needs of each group. Typically I work with with groups of 15 to 25, or class-sized groups of around 30, working with each one for an hour or hour and a half and meeting three to four different groups in one day.

I can also do interactive talks about zoology and writing for much larger, school-hall-sized groups, or run day long workshops for small groups.

Contact me if you would like to talk to me about visting your school. I will discuss with you what type of workshop/ talk you would like for your children, and what you are expecting them to get from the experience of working with a writer in school.

You can find examples of some of the work children have produced whilst working with me on the Children's Writing page and testimonials from teachers on the Testimonials page.

Some recent school visits 2013-2014 and beyond

  • Abedare High School. A week of workshops for year six feeder schools, mixing children and animal skulls on loan from the national Museum of Wales. Crocodile skull particularly popular.
  • McNulty Academy and other wonderful schools in upstate New York. Some of the best school visits EVER. Great libraries, great librarians and kids with more energy than rocket fuel.
  • International Schools in Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi. Warmest of welcomes and all sorts of wonderful writing from students from reception to high school.
  • Wrexham Library working with children from North Wales, where Denbishire has a record of reading and writing excellence.
  • West Sussex to talk to children about Rubbish Town Hero, shortlisted for the West Sussex BooK Prize. Lovely children, full of enthusiasm for books and reading.
  • KICS Khartoum International School a never to be forgotten week in a school with an inspiring sense of community. I got to work with everybody from 3 to 18... and even the parents!
  • Addis Ababa International School another unforgettable week of welcome and enthusiasm. Honoured to find so many readers in the unofficial capital of Africa.
  • Hackney, London. A residency in two completely inspiring schools, Orchard and Southwold Primaries. Fantastic professional committed staff whose success with children shows everywhere in school.
  • Adopt an Author as part of the Brighton Festival children from Rudyward Kipling school now now ALL there is to know about Manatees!
  • Also work with Illustration students at Swansea Met and Arts University of Bournmouth. Gigs at festivals - Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Hay, Cardiff and Bestival.
  • Events with books shops in Cirencester, Bath, Crickhowell, Monmouth...

Coming up in 2014-15

  • Work in schools in Pembrokeshire, Denbishire, Portsmouth, Gloucestershire
  • A tour with Scottish Book trust in the Autumn
  • Back to my LOVELY friends in upper New York State and to make more friends in Boston (with a little detour of my own to Montreal and Halifax in Canada).
  • Oman to the International School and maybe to international school in Cairo