Red House Children's Book Award winner 2013
Here's what I can offer schools:
Nursery and Reception
Storytelling. With the help of beautifully prepared slides, I tell funny stories about my childhood and perform my picture books with plenty of audience interaction!
I have plenty of poems that I can perform together with the children. One is based on my award-winning book Spooky Spooky House and involves actions and the repetition of rhythmic phrases. The children will be chanting it all day and it’s a great way to develop their love for poetry!
As a professional actor I know tons of fun drama games. One activity is based around ‘helicopter’ storytelling, where the children tell their own short stories and act them out in a circle.
Films and songs.
I give a special viewing of my latest films and sing some of my songs. I’ll need some help with the songs though, so plenty of interaction here too!
Creating an audio book. I teach the children some spooky sound effects and we record our very own version of Spooky Spooky House. Everyone gets a copy of the audio book at the end of the day to take home and scare the pants off mum and dad!
Year 3 and above
As an experienced trainer, I can offer fun sessions in debating skills. Activities include Who's in the Balloon, in which children adopt a famous character from history or literature and argue why they should stay in the balloon.
I do a lot of work with KS2 children on creative writing. I can cover many themes, including fairy tale and myth.
Verse. I run a classroom competition in which two teams guess the rhymes in one of my books. I also have many activities that can generate verse writing.
I have written a book of poems on punctuation and now offer sessions on this for KS2 children.
Sixth Form and Adults
How to get published. In this presentation I share some of the secrets that helped me to get published. There’s plenty of opportunity to ask questions and also some exercises that will get everyone writing!
How to give a great presentation.
I give professional coaching in presentation techniques to many different clients worldwide. The ability to present effectively is an important skill for young people entering the work place and for those already there. My workshops offer plenty of tips on presenting with impact.
I also offer sessions for adults on 'How to Write a Picture Book'.
Type of Artist:
Author, Poet, Trainer
DetailsPreferred age range:
Reception to Year 2
No of sessions per day:
Up to 5 classes a day (plus assembly)
45 minutes for talk to young children and classes plus time for book signing
Areas prepared to travel to:
Based in London, but happy to travel anywhere, if expenses are met
Please email us for details
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
Andrew Weale website
One Newt in a Suit
Nora: The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate
Spooky Spooky House
A Quiet Day in the Jungle
It was a pleasure to have you at St. Martin's; we all enjoyed meeting you enormously. The children are still talking about you! (Headmistress, St Martin's Mill Hill)
Great feedback from your session at Daunts. They phoned our sales team to say how brilliant you had been! (Andersen Press on South Hampstead School visit)
So lovely to see you last week. Thanks for doing such a terrific job. You’re such a pro! (Andersen Press on my Imagine Festival session at The Festival Hall)
Thank you so much for coming to speak at the Oxford Literary Festival. The response to this year's festival has been tremendous - I am truly grateful to you and for the time you gave towards making it our best ever. (Festival Director)
‘Andrew gave a really interactive storytelling performance to our Nursery and Reception children. Our Year 1s were all in hysterics over Dinosaur Doo and our Year 2s couldn’t wait to go home and tell their parents that they recorded an audio book. A fantastic experience for all our pupils and the highlight of our Book Week.’ (St Aubyn's School)
'Excellent delivery, really engaging and all the children loved it. High expectations of the children...books are great!' (Pinkwell Primary School)
Andrew Weale Amazon site