I love meeting enthusiastic readers, writers and artists to tell them how I became a children’s author and animator. I am happy to talk to library groups, single classes or larger assemblies of any size. (For talks of over 150 students I prefer to use a microphone if possible.)
I’m currently offering events for years 4-8 which includes:
- An interactive presentation of 45 minutes to an hour, with activities, a reading and a Q and A.
- Followed by a book signing for however long we’ve organized.
- FEES: I charge fees in line with the standard Society of Author’s rates.
During the session I explain how real-life VICTORIANS, AIRSHIPS and AUTOMATA (clockwork robots) inspired my books. I talk about my love of FANTASTICAL FILM ROBOTS and explain how I combined these ideas to create an EXCITING, SUSPENSE-FILLED STORY. The event ends with a BIG INTERACTIVE ROBOT QUIZ and some DRESSING UP. In the Q and A, I like to talk about my inspiring family, early writing, comics and animation, and how I first got into creating stories.
For smaller groups (30 or less) I also offer a WORKSHOP on how to make a simple flip animation and an animation strip for a Victorian zoetrope.