Type of Artist:
I give a fun, interactive talk about reading, writing and books.
As a trained teacher with 16 years of experience, I’m also comfortable leading writing workshops and lessons. In my capacity as literacy co-ordinator at a primary school, I have delivered creative writing INSET training. In the past I have compered quizzes and awards ceremonies.
Over the last few years I’ve developed a talk which I believe is fast-paced, engaging and most importantly fun. Although it carries a serious message, it does so in a way that captures students’ attention.
DetailsPreferred age range:
I feel comfortable talking to audiences of any age.
However, my first two books are aimed at the 10-14 age group and my next book is aimed towards 8-12 year olds. Therefore I think my school talks are best suited to Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils (although children as young as Year 2 have enjoyed them in the past). I have given talks to adults in universities.
No of sessions per day:
Happy to work a full day with usual school breaks. Happy to work a full day with usual school breaks. (No more than 4 sessions in a day)
Talk – roughly one hour including Q and A. Workshops – can be tailored to suit requirements.
Areas prepared to travel to:
I live in Cambridgeshire.
I am happy to consider travelling anywhere, providing my expenses are met (including accommodation if required).
I usually drive to events. If travelling longer distances/via London however, I’ll generally go by train. For trips to Scottish cities or islands within the British Isles, I would prefer to fly.
Train/plane – standard fare (I will always endeavour to find the cheapest fare possible)
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I do have a CRB certificate and am currently working part-time in a school.
Mark Lowery's website
CHARLIE AND ME (STAND-ALONE TITLE FOR AGE 10-ADULT).
IT'S A STORY OF TWO BOYS WHO RUN AWAY FROM HOME TO RECAPTURE THE MAGIC OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY
The Roman Garstang adventure series:
The Jam Doghnut that ruined my Life
The Attack of the Woolly Jumper
The Chicken Nugget Ambush
The Great Caravan Catastrophe
Socks are not enough
Pants are Everything
Mark went down a storm! We had two sessions - first of all he spent a good hour in the main hall with all our Year 7s (no mean feat as we have 330 children in year 7) and then in the afternoon he conducted another workshop-type session with some year 6s from one of our feeder schools. In between the two presentations he held a question-and-answer session with some of the Year 7s and during our lunch break he chatted to pupils in the library and signed copies of his books. He really gave us a LOT of his time.
His presentation style is brilliant. It is quite apparent that he is an experienced teacher as he is totally unfazed by large numbers of children or daft/inappropriate/silly questions. He fielded all the questions superbly and managed the large numbers really well. Much of his presentation has an element of slapstick and his delivery is akin to a stand-up comedian - all of this went down really well with the children. “Super. Entertaining, high energy but with a serious message about writing.”
- DW – Stewart’s Melville, Edinburgh
“Everyone enjoyed it”
– DE – Blatchington Mill, Brighton
“A wonderful day… The pupils have been talking about it ever since.”
– LS – Priory Middle, Beds.
“A great session, the students got a lot out of it”
– SI – Hove Park, Brighton
“…brilliant… great to see the students so engaged, enjoying themselves and producing such imaginative work. They are still buzzing this morning with all they did!
– MR – Homewood School, Ashford
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