Kathryn Evans is an award winning author and part of the BBC Teach series for English Language GCSE. She delivers lively and inspiring talks and workshops, with a mixture of honesty, insight and practical advice from years 5 to adult.
Sally Baker, Durrington High School
How do school visits work?
A usual visit is four sessions across a full school day. A half-day is two sessions. A session can be either a workshop (maximum number 30) or a talk which has no limit on numbers. It’s usual to do a combination of talks and workshops.
For Ages 11 and up:
Self Esteem and Social Media: Tying in with themes from Kathryn’s new book Beauty Sleep, this talk takes a humorous look at beauty standards through the ages and how that affects our minds and bodies. There are short and long versions of this talk, from 10 to 25-30 minutes but can be combined with a Q & A and reading for longer sessions. 25-30 minutes.
A Passion for Reading: A self-deprecating walk through Kathryn’s life with books. With a sprinkling of science, a look at Kathryn’s ridiculous wardrobe and a lot of good humour, this talk is designed to inspire the audience to pick up a book. 25-30 minutes
Resilience: Kathryn is the poster girl for tenacity. It took her more than 15 years to get published so she knows a thing or two about picking herself up and trying again. She’s also training hard to earn a place in the British veteran fencing squad (yes, really!) If you want a talk about grit, determination and resilience – this is it! 25-30 minutes
Resilience and Reading: A longer talk combining A Passion for Reading and Resilience- what it takes to succeed and how reading helps with whatever you choose to do. 40-60 minutes
Creativity: This dynamic short talk explores what creativity is, why it matters across the curriculum and how you can develop it. A small amount of preparation and tidying up is required but it’s a lot of fun and guaranteed to engage the audience. 15 -20 minutes
All talks can be followed by a reading and Q& A so can be completely flexible in terms of time – from 25 minutes to an hour.
“Kathryn’s style is clear, commanding and calm. The teaching was relevant and really made accessible to teenage boys!”
Colin P. Old Teacher, Chichester High School.
“My daughter attended your workshop at the library today and came home buzzing!”
Nichola Cox, Parent.
Workshops can be tailored to your timetable but usually fit within the time frame of 50 – 70 minutes. A workshop is limited to a maximum of 30 students.
- Ideas, Character & Setting: Hands-on practical session looking in detail at how to understand and craft believable characters and how setting is used to enhance story. 50 -70 minutes
- Ideas, Plot & Structure: Hands-on practical session, looking at generating ideas, different types of plot and how to use structure for impact in your story. 50-70 minutes.
Full Day Workshop
Delivered over a whole day to a single class of up to 30 students, this workshop covers all the basic elements of writing a book from ideas, to plot, character, setting and structure. It’s fun but intensive, a hands on practical day that will leave students inspired and informed.
For Primary Schools:
Years 5 and 6 only
Magic Spark to Manuscript: This workshop is designed for the Able Writers programme organised by Authors Abroad. Students have a really fun day exploring all the elements of writing a novel: ideas, character, setting, plot and structure. With lots of encouragement and fun exercises to help concentration, this is a truly inspiring day. Every student has a signed souvenir of the event.
Kathryn’s talks use powerpoint so she needs a screen, something to stick a usb into and someone who knows how to make it all work – please ensure this is checked before her visit. If your school does not allow USB sticks please let Kathryn know well in advance.
Workshops require powerpoint, useful but not essential is a white board or an A3 flipchart – all students require writing materials!
It’s great if you can organise book sales. A signed book is something most children will treasure. However, Kathryn is very aware that some children don’t have the resources to pay for them. Because of this, she usually brings book plates and cards to sign for any child that wishes to meet her.
Please note Kathryn’s books are not suitable for primary children. For Able Writer’s days Kathryn has special cards for signing.
“Kathryn’s talk was engaging and lively – it totally fulfilled the ‘passion for reading’ brief!”
“Flexible, funny and interesting, Kathryn is a great speaker who knows how to interact with her audience.”
Kate Angus, Chichester High School.
“Young adults can sometimes prove to be hard to engage and yet they were listening and laughing consistently throughout.”
“Extremely flexible, working around the college’s timings with enthusiasm and engagement.”
“The focus on creativity, publishing and aspirations met all of the targets for the talk. It was focused at the right level academically, with aspects of professional development and light in tone.”
“All students and staff spoke extremely highly of Kathryn’s passion, energy, humour and insight into writing and publishing. Very insightful and inspiring.”
Will Bowerman, Southdowns College
“Kathryn is very easy to work with and has an excellent way of interacting with children and young people.”
“The children were completely engaged and the talk was relevant to their age and interest.”
Kerry Brookes West Sussex Libraries.
“Kathryn’s relaxed manner really engaged the pupils straight away, her whole talk was really interesting and we sold lots of her books!”
“Great idea to have a bag of pre-prepared questions in case pupils lose their tongues!!”
Margaret Bone, Bishop Luffa School
“I’ve already recommended Kathryn to other schools because of emails I received from staff who saw her talk and nice comments from the girls (pupils)”
“Organisation and timing were excellent, we shared emails until the day of the event.”
Clara Fernandez, La Retraite School
“I was grateful you were flexible enough to start a bit early.”
“Our Year 9 boys were fully engaged in what you had to say, because of your use of humour and excellent IT.”
“It was an appealing talk that motivates pupils not only to read your book but fiction in general.”
Susan Mulkern, Chichester Boy’s High School
Fee’s are currently a little below Society of Author recommended rates as Kathryn wants to get out to as many schools and events as possible.
Schools & Colleges:
Bookings for Kathryn are handled by Authors Abroad, please contact them here.
If you’re looking for support for a public library within 30 miles of Chichester, you can email her directly via the contacts page.
Festivals, Press, TV and radio
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