Here is what Kerry has to say about visiting schools…
“When people ask me what I like best about being an author, my answer is undoubtedly that…
I love to see children engrossed in a book that I have written.
I love to see children laughing out loud in all the places that I hoped they would.
I love to capture the hearts and imaginations of children as they identify with the characters in my book.
And most of all, I love to see children inspired.
When I stand up in a school assembly hall talking to hundreds of children at once about my journey becoming an author, I see hundreds of eyes gazing back at me filled with excitement. Excitement that they too could write a book one day. They too could use the imagination that is so wonderful at their young age and start writing their ideas down now.”
WHAT THE TEACHERS THINK OF KERRY’S VISITS…
“It was fantastic to have Kerry at our school. She truly inspired the children and I was so impressed with the questions they asked her. There was a wonderful buzz in the air after she left and the children could not stop talking about her visit. We look forward to her coming back to our school to do workshops with smaller groups. What a great inspiration! I know that the children are extremely keen to read her books and cannot wait until they are delivered. Thank you Kerry!” – Leigh-Anne Dimech – English lead St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Chertsey
“Kerry came to visit Mytchett Primary School to start our book week. She adapted her talk to all age ranges from Year One up to Year Six. The children absolutely loved the visit and said that a highlight of their book week was ‘meeting a real author’. I would highly recommend Kerry to visit any school to get the children buzzing about reading and writing.” – Katie Lye – Deputy Head Teacher. Mytchett Primary School
“The children thoroughly enjoyed Kerry’s visit to school. They found her journey inspirational and they sat in absolute silence as Kerry read an extract from her book. Many of the children were so inspired that they stayed behind during playtime to ask more questions.” – Sarah Evans, Head of English, Knaphill Junior School
“A really inspiring talk for the children, making them see that they are all readers and just need to find the right book genre for themselves. Helped them to see that they can all be writers.” – Claire Shorten – Head of English, St Edmunds Primary School
“Thank you so much for coming in to speak with the children this week – you’ve inspired so many of them to be writers, there’s a definite ‘buzz’ around the building!” – Francesca Thompson, Stepgates Community School
HOW YOUR SCHOOL CAN GET INVOLVED…
Kerry regularly visits schools to talk to children about her journey as an author, and to inspire them with their reading and writing. The talks are unique in that she truly lets children see their potential as she describes how her four young sons are involved in the writing of the books. She will also read some of her first book to the children.
Kerry wants to reach out to as many children as possible to enhance their enthusiasm whilst they are still in primary school. She can always be heard saying, “there is no such thing as a child who doesn’t like to read… they just haven’t found the right book yet.”
Talks generally last around half an hour and can be done for an entire school at once, or split into two smaller groups such as KS1 and KS2. Kerry is always happy to answer questions and sign books at the end.
Arrange your visit now by contacting Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISIT
After being contacted by many schools across the UK that were too far to get to in person, Kerry decided to also offer virtual author visits! She can now connect with schools in the UK, and worldwide, to deliver her author talk and the children love being able to ask questions face to face this way.
Arrange your virtual author visit now by contacting Kerry at email@example.com.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
If you have already had an author talk and would like to take the children’s experience further by running a creative writing workshop, Kerry can run an hour long session for you. Within this session, she will demonstrate to the children how she blends real life facts with imagination to write a great story. She then plans a story with the children using this method. It is a fun, interactive session which the children love!
Contact Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.