Type of Artist:
Talks, presentations, readings, stories & workshops (fiction and/or nonfiction)
DetailsPreferred age range:
Primary & secondary - all ages
No of sessions per day:
Flexible – happy to fit in with requirements
Talks are usually 45-60 mins
Workshops flexible, depending on requirements
Week residencies considered
Areas prepared to travel to:
I live in Devon but am happy to work across the UK, with travel costs (overnight expenses if required).
Outside the UK with travel/expenses covered.
Car preferred (for carrying full range of books & props) at 45p per mile – or train in some circumstances.
Please email us for details
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
Yes via Society of Authors
John Townsend website
Graverobbers and Gallows (2018)
Twist of the Hangman (2018)
Never Odd or Even
Dead in the Water
Peril in the Snow
Strangers on a Plane
Ski Jump (play)
Dockside (reading scheme) Nonfiction:
Big Book of Baddies
Geography Quest series
and many others!
It is always a pleasure to work with John Townsend in school. Not only is he an excellent author, producing exactly the right material for reluctant readers, but he also excels as a speaker. We were enthralled by his tales of ghosts, spies and urban myths and didn't want him to stop! John knows exactly how to inspire young people to read, shown by the subsequent frenzy to borrow his books!
Library Manager, Malvern.
I just wanted to write and say a HUGE thank you for your amazing workshops. The children loved it. I have been stopped numerous times in the corridors and playground to be told about the work they did with you, and indeed you inspired their writing three-fold. Thank you so much.
Literacy Coordinator, Manchester Primary School
Thank you for your inspirational visit. The students and staff who took part were buzzing about it
"Most fun I've had in weeks. Amazingly funny and scary at times. Best Author by far."
"John Townsend was awesome, he made me imagine things that are truly brilliant!"
"John Townsend was funny and epic"
"Really funny and cool".
I could go on... I think you could say you were a hit!
Librarian, Essex High School
Love Reading for Kids website