I regularly visit schools to talk about my books and see these visits as an integral part of my work as a writer. I enjoy meeting readers and working with young people on developing their own creativity.
During a visit, I’ll talk about the books that I've written and will always read aloud from at least one of them. I’ll discuss why and how I write. I’ll talk about my ideas and inspirations. And I'll leave lots of time for questions.
I’d be happy to talk to children through the Primary age range. If I was going to spend a day in a school and talk to everyone, I could do something like:
A short assembly with the whole school
Talk about the Dragonsitter with Key Stage 1 (45 mins.)
Talk about the Dragonsitter and the Grk books with Years 3 and 4 (1 hour.)
Talk about the Tom Trelawney books with Years 5 and 6 (1 hour.)
Talk about the Dragonsitter with Years 1, 2 and 3 (1 hour.)
Talk about the Grk books and the Tom Trelawney books with Years 4, 5 and 6. (1 hour.)
Spend the rest of the day on creative writing workshops.
A assembly with the whole school focused on the Dragonsitter books (because they really do appeal to all ages) followed by creative writing workshops with different classes.
I also offer a joint event with Garry Parsons, who illustrates the 'Dragonsitter' books. Please have a look at Garry's page for more information.
Type of Artist:
DetailsPreferred age range:
I'm happy to talk to both KS1 and KS2 children
No of sessions per day:
I usually do 3 or 4 sessions in a day.
45-60 mins for a talk including questions.
A creative writing workshop could last anything between an hour and a whole school day.
Areas prepared to travel to:
I live in London, but will travel anywhere, provided expenses and overnight accommodation (where needed) are funded.
I don’t charge travel expenses for events in London, but would ask to be reimbursed for a return train ticket or mileage cost for travel outside the M25.
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Yes - provided by NAWE
Josh Lacey website
The Island of Thieves
The Sultan's Tigers
The Dragonsitter - and 8 more titles in the series
A Dog Called Grk & 7 more titles in the Grk series.
"I really enjoyed Josh Lacey's visit. He taught me how to be creative and helped me expand my imagination."
"When Josh Lacey came to our school, he was amazing. The way he put expression into his writing, it made me want to read his books."
"The children were excited in advance about meeting you but even more so afterwards - you engaged with them brilliantly and inspired them in many different ways. I think you would be very pleased if you could see how many Grk books are still being read in the playground at breaktime more than a week later! The Year 5 and Year 6 children enjoyed your workshops enormously and some have continued working on the ideas by themselves at home. It was a very special day for us all and thank you so much for all that you put into it."
Josh Lacey Amazon site