Type of Artist:
Whole assemblies/writing Workshops, for KS1 and KS2
All include Interactive stories & original songs performed on ukulele/piano.
From Ninja Meerkats, Steampunk Pirates and Dinosaur Parties to Murderous Twins, Dark Family Secrets, Magic, Ghosts and Ice Cream, there is something for every pupil in your school.
Discussion points include the generation of ideas, the editing process, writing style but the main emphases is always on the absolute FUN and JOY of stories and books.
DetailsPreferred age range:
I have books, songs and events for ages from 4-14.
My preference is always to see the whole school
No of sessions per day:
3 hour-long sessions but I often include a 20 minute hello to reception.
60 mins for years 2-6
30/45 mins for younger ones
Areas prepared to travel to:
Anywhere. I love long train journeys. I love long plane journeys. If I’m available and it’s doable and affordable for the school, I’m there.
Trains & taxis
Please email us for details
I hold PLI certificate
Gareth P Jones' website
The Thornthwaite Betryal (Piccadilly)
The Thornthwaite Inheritance (Bloomsbury) a sequel
Attack of the Alien Dung (Stripes)
Beards from Outer Space (Stripes)
Revenge of Atomic Burps (Stripes)
Cheese from the Dimension Pong (Stripes)
Invasion of the Giant Nits (Stripes)
Death or Ice Cream? (Hotkey)
The Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates (4 books with Stripes)
The Dinosaurs are Having a Party
Are You The Pirate Captain? (illustrated by Garry Parsons – Andersen)
The Considine Curse (Bloomsbury) Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award
Constable & Toop (Hotkey)
Ninja Meerkats (Stripes)
How to Get to School in 60 Seconds (OUP Chucklers series)
"I just wanted to say ‘Thank You So Much’ for such a wonderful visit from you yesterday!! The whole school was buzzing with excitement all day and the pupils could not wait to meet you in their group sessions and have you sign their books. The pupils have all said how much they enjoyed your sessions and the staff were so impressed with how your inspired the pupils especially appealing to our more reluctant readers and writers. Your energy was just incredible and infectious, the fun you brought to the session really made each session an amazing event to inspire our children."
Librarian, Ipswich High School
We've just had an absolutely amazing day with Gareth! He saw every class from Reception to Year 6 and each one was absolutely spellbound by his talks and performances. Never heard so many children doing dinosaur roars in one room before and the older children loved the Thornthwaite twins song. Pet Defenders is going to be stuck in many a head for days I just know and a librarian's dream comes true as I'm already getting children asking if Gareth's books are in the School Library - he's only been gone a half hour!
Worth every penny and more besides for getting children interested in picking up a book and reading, a brilliant author to have in school this Book Week and very highly recommended.
Marian Richardson School
“An absolutely amazing day. He saw every class from Reception to Year 6 and each one was absolutely spellbound by his talks and performances. Never heard so many children doing dinosaur roars in one room before and the older children loved the Thornthwaite twins song. And a librarian’s dream comes true as I’m already getting children asking if Gareth’s books are in the School Library, a brilliant author to have in school this Book Week and very highly recommended.”
Laura Bennett, School Librarian, Tower Hamlets
“Gareth gave a lively and funny performance that really engaged our pupils and provided a refreshingly normal and down to earth role model for the children to identify with. He really gave the children a sense that being a writer was something they could all aspire to and achieve.”
Virginia Fraher (Head teacher, Prior Weston Primary School)
“This was a very memorable day full of fun, song and enthusiasm. Gareth began the day by confidently delivering a humorous and motivating assembly which included songs and music, followed by tailor made workshops with years 3-6. … there is no doubt that the day spurred even the most reluctant reader to delve into the weird and wonderful world of Gareth P Jones.”
Sian Swinnerton (Woodford Green Primary)
“It was awesome – the best author visit that I have seen so far, it was really fun. The author really interacted with the audience. I thought that he was really, really good and I really enjoyed the book, which I bought at the event and had signed by the author”
Molly Fenchelle, pupil at St Dunstans College
Gareth P Jones' Amazon site
2017 sees the publication of three more books in Gareth's popular series for young readers Pet Defenders.
Watch out for Revenge of Atomic Burps, Cheese from the Dimension Pong and Invasion of the Giant Nits