Type of Artist:
Poet, author (fiction and non-fiction), performer and speaker
Talks, presentations with powerpoint, interactive, energetic performances.
Performances aimed at whole family.
Creative writing / performance workshops for KS1 to young adult writer’s groups.
DetailsPreferred age range:
Any age, depending on the type of session.
Maximum number in any one session:
Up to 30 in a workshop (60 for workshops lasting 1.5 hours or more). As many as you like for a talk / performance.
No of sessions per day:
Four sessions during a day’s visit.
For KS2, that usually means a one hour performance (inc Q&A) followed by 3x45 minute workshops plus book signing (either incorporated in each of the sessions or as a separate slot).
One hour for performances / talks (including Q&A and book signing) followed by workshops, which can be:
3 x 45 mins OR
1x 45 and 1.5 hours for more intensive creative workshops KS2+ OR
2 hours 15 minutes with one group KS2+
For KS1, happy to do shorter sessions if required.
Areas prepared to travel to:
National and international if expenses are met.
London – bike. Outside London – train and taxi (or in exceptional circumstances, car).
Please email us for details
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
Being Me (poetry collection for 6+, Otter-Barry Books)
Love Factually / We Need to Talk About Love (non-fiction, 15+, Bloomsbury – I also narrated the audiobook for Audible)
Dear Ugly Sisters (poetry collection for 6+, due to be published by Otter-Barry Books Sept 2020)
Rita’s Rabbit (picture book, 3+ due to be published by Faber and Faber in 2021)
"Laura worked with pupils across Years 3 to 6. She was fun, engaging and thought-provoking, always taking care to include every student. Without a doubt, this was one of the best author events that I’ve experienced – the pupils still talk about it two years on!"
Veronica Newton, Junior School Teacher, Bristol Grammar School
“The things we enjoyed most about the workshop include the unique poetry exercises, listening to Laura’s fantastic poetry, her humour and original way she used to teach poetry. Firstly, we listened to her poems and she told us about herself, which all of us really enjoyed since she was such a nice and funny person. We mind mapped different rhyming words which was funny because Laura said that they didn’t have to be real words! After, we wrote our own engaging poems in groups and performed them which was great, as we got to hear other groups’ ideas.”
Year 5 pupils, Moulsham Junior School
"Laura’s workshop was engaging, entertaining and enlightening. My diverse group of students, tasked with writing a 10,000 word dissertation, ranged in age from 15-18, with nationalities from all over the world; however, Laura was able to relate easily to each of them through her wit and wisdom. She offered clear,
concise strategies to help them identify their passions, define their purpose and design a research approach that suited their needs and environment. She also raised thought-provoking questions and concerns regarding ethics in the research process. Her charisma and comedy won them over from the second she
walked in the room, but, her insight, experience and practical advice resonated with them throughout the rest of the year."
Lisa Woodcock, QSI International School of Chengdu, China
"Laura was a fantastic part of our Valentine’s Day event here at the Royal Institution. The combination of her extensive subject knowledge and presentation style led to our audience learning and laughing more than they had anticipated."
Lisa Derry, the Royal Institution