Type of Artist:
Fun interactive talks, readings and workshops with a chocolatey theme.
Guaranteed to make the tummies of all primary school children (and primary school teachers) rumble with both delight and horror!
DetailsPreferred age range:
7 to 11 for workshop activities but younger primary
(Yr 2) school children can still enjoy the interactive talk.
Maximum number in any one session:
Workshops work best in class sizes of 30 ish.
No limit on talks, provided laptop and screen are provided.
If I could fill Wembley, I’d give it a go!
No of sessions per day:
Up to 4 talks in one day.
But less if doing workshops too. The Talk would need to be first to provide context. I always try to be flexible.
50 mins talk plus time for questions. One hour total.
I’d prefer a minimum of 45 mins with each class for workshop activities, longer is better.
Areas prepared to travel to:
I’m Surrey based, but happy to travel anywhere in the UK, if expenses are met. If accommodation is needed I prefer not to sleep on school hall floors.
Car @ 40 pence per mile, if relatively local.
Prefer to take a train for further visits.
Not keen on rickshaws.
Please email us for details
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PLI & DBS
The Great Chocoplot
Winner of The Worcestershire’s Awesomest Book Award 2017 and The Great Chocoplot is now part of the Primary Schools Accelerated Reader scheme.
Chris was a pleasure to work with! He’s energetic, enthusiastic and very professional during preparation and delivery of the event. Our visitors really enjoyed his workshops and we wouldn’t hesitate to invite him back.
Natalie Wallace, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81 to 83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL. Tel 01494 892192
Chris headlined the North Tyneside Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge programme in 2016 and became our Summer Reading Champion. He enthused so many children to take part in the challenge and enjoy reading over the summer. His ‘Meet the Author’ sessions were fantastic and had many children wondering what a world without chocolate would be like which resulted in many horrified ‘Chocolatepanicfaces’!
Rachel Warkcup, Service Manager, Cultural Services, Environment and Leisure, White Swan Centre, Citadel East, NE12 6SS. Tel: 0191 643 7321
Chris’s sessions at Stockton Libraries were fun and engaging and really helped to promote reading for pleasure over the Summer Reading Challenge with the children and families who attended. The sessions engage the children in writing and reading through the medium of chocolate and allows them to use their imagination to be creative and have fun which is what reading should be all about, it breaks down the barriers to reading being boring or not for me. We are looking forward to working with Chris in the future and have short listed The Great Chocoplot for Stockton Children’s Book of the Year as we feel it is a brilliant quirky read for children full of adventure.
Lucy Carlton-Walker – Children & Young Person’s Librarian, Stockton Library Service, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TU. Tel: 01642 528501
We loved having Chris Callaghan in our school. He not only encouraged children to read his book but the workshops also encouraged children to see the wider impact of writing a good story and using exciting vocabulary to give the reader lots of enjoyment.
The children loved being able to ask a 'proper author' lots of questions and not just listening to him speak about his book. They all loved the variety of workshops he led - from Nursery to Year 6. We also appreciated Chris' commitment to providing a choice of activities and accommodating the different requests from different ages.
The children would love to have Chris back in school - whether to talk about a Chocopocalypse or to hear about his new book!!....
Mrs Alison Nicholson, Headteacher, Malvin's Close Primary Academy, Albion Way, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 5BL. Tel: 01670 354082
We have been lucky to benefit from visits by Chris Callaghan to our school during and following the publication of his fantastic book ‘The Great Chocoplot.’ Children loved the story with a great source of characters, terrific description and humour throughout. They were engaged and entertained as they improved and developed their Literacy skills. Chris has inspired our children and given them great encouragement to read far more often for pleasure and enjoyment. Similarly, the chance to meet a ‘real-life’ writer and hear from Chris how he gets his ideas and puts them into stories has helped our children understand the writing process.
He displayed a warm, friendly and engaging manner throughout the day, working classes of children of differing ages, to lead a variety of activities, workshops and assemblies. There is no doubt that the children have been far more focussed when reading and writing and Chris has helped them realise that great ideas still need hard work and resilience.
We hope he visits again soon.
John Walsh, Headteacher, Percy Main Primary School, Nelson Terrace, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 6JA. Tel: (0191) 200 6343
Chris Callaghan's Amazon site
I get the children to shout out words like ‘Chocopocalypse’, so it sometimes gets VERY loud!
I am a Beanstalk Reading Volunteer, visiting a local school twice a week to help young readers gain enthusiasm and confidence with their reading skills.