Type of Artist:
TALKS (covering all my work in publishing & animation, and including readings from my novels) and CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS
DetailsPreferred age range:
All ages, with work covering preschool animation and picture books for KS1, older animation and middle grade novels for KS2 and novel talks for KS3.
No of sessions per day:
3 x 1 hour sessions in a day, preferably 2 in morning and 1 in afternoon.
Workshops should only follow a talk, so there is context.
Single session visits available if no further than an hour's travel from home.
One hour for both talks and workshops.
Time for signing afterwards.
Areas prepared to travel to:
Anywhere if overnight and travel expenses are all met in addition to fee.
Car is 40p per mile, to and home from event, or train.
Please email us for details
Please indicate which author you are interested in.
Curtis Jobling's website
Rise of the Wolf
Rage of Lions
Shadow of the Hawk
Nest of Serpents
Storm of Sharks
War of the Werelords
HAUNT (Simon & Schuster):
Dead Wrong (to follow)
OLD MACDONALD HAD A ZOO (Egmont - picture book)
This is one of the most successful visits we have ever had the pleasure of hosting. Students are still bringing me money for books every day and I’m having to collect more stock from the bookseller regularly to give out.
It’s generated such a buzz about books and reading. One of our teaching assistants also came to see me to tell me that one of our most severely autistic y7 students came along to Curtis’ session. It was a huge thing for him to actually be in the Hub for the whole hour not knowing what would happen during the event.
Afterwards his support assistant was amazed that he then spent lunchtime instigating conversations with other students about the trading cards, he never normally speaks much during the day and spends lunchtime on his own with his head in his hands. A day later he came to ask if he could have a copy of the book too. Transformative.
"Curtis was one of the most popular authors at the 2012 Manchester Children’s Book Festival and has, to our delight, agreed to join us again this year to help launch our Festival Reading and Writing Relay with an event at Central Library. His talks are always both inspiring and entertaining and, even more importantly, he is a joy to work with." Kaye Tew
Festival Manager, Manchester Children's Book Festival
"Curtis was a huge hit when he visited our school. He spoke to nearly 400 students in the Main Hall and successfully kept them all entertained and engaged for a whole hour and a half – no mean feat! His talk was delivered in a humorous but appropriate manner. He spoke with such enthusiasm and conviction about not wasting your creative talents that students couldn’t help but be inspired.
Curtis started by talking about his experience of working in the animation business and impressed the boys with his art work, before moving on to his writing career. The finale of the event, “Hairy Man or Wolfman” was a brilliant interactive quiz that the boys just loved. Teaching staff and students alike really enjoyed the talk, so much so that they were still talking about it days after the event. In fact he was so good we got him back again!" Janet Clarke
Librarian, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, 21st March 2014
"A visit from Curtis is always one of the most entertaining author events I've ever been to. Not only is he a brilliant author and illustrator but the combination of the two elements in his talks has the whole audience, adults and children alike, totally enthralled from start to finish. His wit and humour and interaction with his audience guarantee no session is exactly the same. As well as all this he is a great bloke, no prima donna author, making a day with him more than easy for any school or library, I would heartedly recommend him."
Children's Library Services, Manchester City Council
"Curtis has visited us on a couple of occasions and his workshops are always memorable and exciting! Last time he took us on a whirlwind tour of his experiences as an illustrator and as an author – all of which served to inspire and motivate the children – they loved it so much they were talking about the workshop and his books for weeks afterwards! Most importantly for us, as teachers, Curtis’s messages to the children, regarding reading and writing, fully supports our teaching and has inspired the children to apply the skills they’ve learnt, from his workshop, to their own work."
Deputy Head, Westbrook Old Hall Primary School, Warrington
“Curtis has now visited our school twice. We were so enthralled by his first visit that we had to invite him back again this year as part of our World Book Day celebrations. Students (and staff) were captivated hearing him talk about his work as an Author and Illustrator and about his love of Animation. His wealth of experience and ease of manner has made him very popular with our students. We found his talks hugely entertaining and many students returned at lunchtime to chat with him and have their books signed.
I have organised several Author visits to our school but none have engaged the students in the same way that Curtis has. So much so, there was real excitement from the previous year’s cohort when they knew he was visiting us again.“
Library Resource Manager, Sir Graham Balfour High School, Stafford
Curtis Jobling's Amazon page