I am available for school visits, talks and presentations on writing and/or journalism.

For writing workshops I talk on the theme of ‘Write your own story’, helping to inspire reading, writing and creativity among children. I discuss how I developed the idea for The Tzar’s Curious Runaways and where I look for other ideas, give a reading from The Tzar’s, take questions and then between the group and me workshop the plot for a story of their own. At the end of the session I will take the plot away and write up a short story for the group which I will print in a booklet.

I also give talks on my 25 years in journalism, how a newspaper is produced every day and tales, tall and otherwise, from years on the road meeting sportspeople and travelling across continents to watch every sport you can think of and a few you probably can’t.

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