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Speaking of Books

 

Who We Work With

IAN BECK

Ian is an Author/Illustrator who started his career designing album covers (including Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road) then moved on to Children’s Books. He has illustrated traditional tales like Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid and Philip Pullman’s Puss in Boots, as well as his own stories like The Teddy Robber. His most recent novels for older children are the Tom Trueheart series.

 

VALERIE BLOOM

A qualified teacher and performance poet, Valerie will bring the atmosphere of the Caribbean into UK schools and festivals. Valerie’s writing is heavily influenced by her Jamaican background – she even begins most of her performances with a crash course in Jamaican Patois, so that non-speakers can enjoy the Patois poems in her set more!

 

DENIS BOND

Denis has an acting and a teaching background. He stopped teaching when he was commissioned to write Pipkins for children’s television, and went on to write for Rainbow, Let’s Pretend and to create The Munch Bunch. Denis is the author of a series of picture books for younger children, and several novels for older kids. His teaching and acting continue with his very popular school visits: he’s done visits all over the world combining performance with a writing workshop for Years 5 & 6.

 

TONY BRADMAN

One of Tony’s best known creations in a productive writing career is Dilly the Dinosaur. Tony has written fiction, poetry and edited a number of highly successful anthologies, and continues to write about and review children's books. One of his recent projects has been the overseeing of the OUP Project X series, which aims to bring the reading scheme into the 21st century.

 

NICK BUTTERWORTH

An Author/Illustrator who has sold more than 12 million books in 15 languages, Nick is best known for Percy the Park Keeper, The Whisperer (winner of the Nestle Prize 2005) and two books about Q Pootle 5. When asked what the best thing about his job was, Nick said: “I just like the kids. I like the honesty of children. Getting out to meet them is one of the pleasures of what I do: I like to get out to schools, festivals and bookshops, but can’t do it as much as I’d like to. It’s very rewarding to see children actually enjoying what you have produced”.

 

STEVE COLE

Steve describes himself as “the ever-scribbling, slightly crazy author of the Astrosaurs & Cows-in-Action books”. He’s hugely popular with KS2 and festival audiences, where his high energy performances are seen as among the very best ways to get kids engaged with reading. Astrosaurs, Cows in Action, Slime Squad, and Z-Rex are well-known: but Steve’s credits also include some Doctor Who original novels.

 

ANNE FINE

Ex-Children’s Laureate, two-time Carnegie Prize-winner and two-time Whitbread Award winner, Anne is a popular and extremely prestigious author visitor for primary, secondary and adult audiences. She might have written How to Write Really Badly, but her many titles which include Madame Doubtfire, Road of Bones and Tulip Touch prove her writing is anything but!

 

CLIFF McNISH

An award-winning fantasy author for young adults, Cliff’s books are notable for their use of bizarre, intense imagery. He started writing his Doomspell trilogy because his 8 year old daughter wanted a story about a really really nasty witch: now he is seen by critics as in a class with Philip Pullman and C.S.Lewis. Born in Sunderland and now living in South London, Cliff is happy to visit schools all over the country and runs a wide-range of writing workshops for KS2 and KS3 pupils as well as INSET sessions for literacy leads.

 

KNIFE & PACKER

Duncan McCoshan (Knife) and Jem Packer (Packer) work as a duo, and have done for over 20 books and 100’s of school visits. Their popular sessions are full of humour and practical workshop tips for budding cartoonists. Not only are the pair’s books and characters (Fleabag Monkeyface – now on Childrens’ ITV as an animated series – and Zak Zoltan) brought vividly to life, kids will be encouraged to draw their own character with a step-by-step guide. They also write and draw the weekly Private Eye strip, It’s Grim Up North London.

 

CHRIS POWLING

Chris Prowling is an ex London Headteacher and was for many years book editor of Classic FM. He has taught at all levels from infants to post-graduates. He's the author of 90+ children's titles, from picture books to novels. Recent works include 10 titles for the Project X series and re-writes of Shakespeare stories for upper juniors. His talks to primary age children are always a huge success and he receives excellent responses from fellow professionals for his INSET sessions with teachers. 

 

MICHAEL ROSEN

Writer, Poet, Broadcaster, and 2007-9 Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen doesn’t really need an introduction. His performances of poetry are much more stand-up than recital : but underlying all the fun is a serious commitment to encouraging Poetry and Creativity into schools. He works with all age groups of school children, addresses teachers, librarians and professional groups on many book-related subjects. But please be warned: because of this versatility, he’s much in demand, and there is quite a waiting list for visits from Michael.

 

PAULINE STEWART

Pauline was introduced to the agency after being recommended by Michael Rosen. The author of What’s in the Pan Man? and Singing down the Breadfruit, Pauline was born in Hackney to parents originally from Jamaica. She really brings poetry to life, and is happy working with all ages – from simple rhymes with reception to poetry workshops for primary school children. She has judged poetry for the Roald Dahl Foundation.

 

JEREMY STRONG

The books jackets tell us to “Laugh your socks off with Jeremy Strong” and junior school kids (and adults) do! Hugely popular, Jeremy is an ex-headteacher with a special interest in children who are becoming independent readers and those not particularly interested in reading.  Children love the extraordinary twists he brings to real-life situations.

 

CHRIS WORMELL

Award-winning Author / Illustrator Chris Wormell has produced over 20 beautiful children’s books including George and the Dragon, Eric the Hero, Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice and One Smart Fish. Amazingly, he is self taught – which is why (he modestly says) he holds the tools the wrong way. His illustrations are mostly from watercolours or wood cuts, and often feature highly detailed depictions of animals. His talks get children making up the stories to go alongside pictures they draw – and he even creates highly original mythical beasts directed by his audience.

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