Type of Artist:
My events include playful, interactive readings, creative-writing workshops, and activity sessions.
Visiting schools, libraries and other venues is one of the best parts of my job. I love to help children invent their own story-ideas and I'm often amazed by what they come up with. I offer different kinds of session for different age groups.
Ages 3-5. 30-45 minutes.
For little ones I offer a playful reading of my picture book Dogs don't do ballet. There is dancing, a drawing activity and a little bit of puppetry. I wind down the session with a reading of another of my picture books.
Ages 6-8. 45 minutes
For six to eight year olds I offer a workshop called 'Hairytales' in which the children invent their own twists on a classic fairytale. The workshop includes a reading of The Worst Princess, a quiz and collaborative story-writing games.
Ages 8-11. 1 hour
For 8-11 year olds I run a creative writing workshop called 'The Inspiration Machine'. We talk about the creative magic of writing-rules and then try some out together. Children play language games, complete a 'wacky word quiz', and invent their own monsters. All children get a 'takeaway toolkit' with further games to try at home.
Ages 12+. 1 hour 45 mins (with a 15 minute break for pupils at the 1 hr mark. The session can also be shortened if more convenient)
For ages 12 and up I run an extended version of 'The Inspiration Machine' creative writing workshop. This version explores aspects of writing including finding inspiration, character and language. All students get a 'takeaway toolkit' with further games to try at home.
I also enjoy running creative writing workshops for adults. I have 15 years of teaching experience in Higher Education and enjoy working with people of all ages.
DetailsPreferred age range:
I can offer sessions to suit any age group. Parents are also very welcome at my events. After-school sessions can be arranged if parents would like to join in.
Maximum number in any one session:
Up to 30 (or thereabouts) for workshops.
No of sessions per day:
Maximum of 3.5 hours in total per day.
Ages 3-5: 30-45 mins
Ages 6-8: 45 mins
Ages 8-11: 1 hr
Ages 12+: 1 hour 45 mins (with a 15 minute break for pupils at the 1 hr mark. The session can also be shortened if more convenient)
Areas prepared to travel to:
Anywhere as long as travel and accommodation expenses are met.
Train, standard class. I am based in Oxford.
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Dogs don't do ballet
The Worst Princess
Dave the Lonely Monster
Rhinos don't eat pancakes
Fantastic Frankie and the Brain Drain Machine
The Great Brain Robbery
'Brilliantly engaging!' 'Really, really enjoyable and interactive' 'Great fun for adults and kids' 'Fascinating, helpful, life-changing - this will completely change the way I write!' 'Has inspired me to attack my latest picture-book with renewed vigour!' 'The workshop inspired me and my child to view writing in a positive and fun way' 'I'm a writer - I can't tell you how helpful this workshop was' 'I want to bring back everything I've learned to my class and teacher!' 'The Inspiration Machine is amazing!!!! I have learned so much'.
Testimonials from participants of The Inspiration Machine, a creative writing workshop for adults and children held at the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Anna Kemp came along to Flo's The Place in the Park as part of our Once Upon a Park event series. She did a fantastic, animated reading of two of her books. The children were fixated and when they got to dance with scarves and practice ballet it got even better! Anna was a very expressive, animated facilitator who was great with the kids. The drawing exercise went down very well too. Thanks so much for a lovely morning!
Makena Lohr (Flo's The Place in the Park Community Centre, Oxford) We were hugely lucky to find and entice Anna Kemp to our 2019 Dolphin School Book
Fest in May. Her picture books are very popular with their wonderful eye-catchingly colourful and flamboyant illustrations and her very positive and funny poetry-style stories. The pupils were absolutely delighted to have a chance to meet Anna and to be involved in her comprehensive workshop and story-telling sessions. Thank you Anna – we hope you’ll be back at Dolphin School with more wonderful stories in years to come.
Kirsty Harrison (Dolphin School Librarian).
I only had the chance to accompany [my daughter] to one event but I was very impressed with what I experienced. Anna Kemp was talking about inspiration to get writing and she worked entertainingly through a number of great ideas with the children. I found the session extremely worthwhile. Please pass on my sincere thanks to Anna for her time and effort at Dolphin. I very much hope that others found the session as useful as I did and that Anna will be invited back.
Father of pupil attending the Dolphin School Book Fest.
I politely request that sessions not be filmed without prior consent. I am happy for photos to be taken for use on school/library websites and social media. I politely request that the members of staff who would normally teach the children in the audience be present and engaged during the sessions. This really helps the children to engage too.