school visits

” Thanks again for your visit yesterday – it was wonderful and the kids loved it.” Cathedral School

“Your visit really brought an extra element to our topic! We’re looking forward to the letters.” Hardingstone Academy

“Brilliant event, loved every minute of it.” Wandsworth Town Library

“We had a great time. Excellent balance of activities.” The National Archives


Visits are flexible and are arranged to suit your topics and focus. They can vary according to the size of your school and the needs of your children. Here are some outlines of the typical session:

Great Fire of London session – 1+ hour

I run the sessions dressed in a kirtle which starts a discussion on differences in lifestyle 350 years ago. We then join in an interactive storytelling of Vlad and the Great Fire of London with actions and rhymes, fight the fire with a bucket chain, work in groups talking about what different people would take from their home 350 years ago and finally look at 17th century artefacts (a sun fire plaque, coins and a ring seal).

If you have more than one class in year group studying the topic I can repeat the session twice in a half day visit.

In the week after the session Vlad writes a letter to the class sealing it with the ring they saw on the day (video of sealing the letter can be seen here). If you have time for a longer session Vlad can participate in a question and answer session.


Assembly – 30 minutes

I am happy to lead assemblies for large or small groups. These focus on reading for fun, how Sam and I work together to create the Vlad books and questions from the children. I talk about the importance of reading and using your library.




Writing and publishing -1 hour

This session is aimed at KS2 and works well for Year 5 and 6. We look at the writing process using my latest book Vlad and the First World War.  We look at a first draft of a double page and together we work through ideas to improve and edit the text. We talk about changing the pace of the story, adding layers of meaning and proof editing. The children have the opportunity to write their own versions and share them. 


I am DBS checked, have public liability insurance and am a member of the NEU, National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), and the Society of Authors.

If you would like further details, costs and availability please contact me on or on the contact form below.