Type of Artist:
A bestselling children's author, filmmaker and animator, who writes about clockwork, hope and magic.
I love meeting enthusiastic readers, writers and artists to talk about how I became a children’s author.
I give inspirational, fun and interactive talks to larger groups, and smaller creative writing and animation workshops to a single-class.
A single talk event includes a 45 minute interactive presentation with activities, a reading, and a Q and A. plus a book signing afterwards.
During the session I explain how real-life historical events and people inspired my books. I talk about my love of fantasy, magic and inventions (especially clockwork) and explains how I combine my research and interests with ideas from my imagination to create rich and compelling stories. I also cover my career path to becoming a storyteller and writer, and tell some tales of my inspiring family and childhood, plus my early writing; showing some pictures of the stories, comics and animations I made when I was growing up. The session finishes with an audience Q and A.
Smaller workshop session are for an hour, we usually start with an introductory chat and a Q and A, and sometimes a reading, then the rest of the session will be taken up with an activity e.g. making an animation flip book, or writing the opening of an adventure story. At the end there will e time to sign books.
DetailsPreferred age range:
7-13 year olds
Maximum number in any one session:
Workshop: Up to 30 students.
Talk: Any number.
No of sessions per day:
Maximum of 3 session. Plus 1 book signing session.
Areas prepared to travel to:
London for a single session.
Anywhere within an hour and a half’s travel from North London for a day/half day visit.
Anywhere further afield would require an overnight stay and expenses.
Train or Car.
Please email us for details
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
PLI from the SOA
The Clockwork Queen
Return to Wonderland
"We had a fantastic visit from Peter Bunzl with our Chatterbooks group who had absolutely loved Cogheart and were really ex- cited to meet him. Peter talked to them about himself, his inspiration and what books and films have influenced his story. He really managed to captivate and entertain them with his fascinating insight into the world of an author. They also loved the interactive element of the visit when he showed then how to make animation strips to use in a Victorian Zoetrope. I would definitely recom- mend a visit from Peter Bunzl my children were enthused and motivated to write their own stories after this fantastic experience."
Jo Clarke, Library Manager, Whitchurch C of E School.
"All the children at Whiteheath Book Ninjas (our Chatterbooks group) appreciated and enjoyed Peter's visit. They absolutely loved reading the book and had some thoughtful questions to ask that showed they'd read with real attention. Peter was so engag- ing and professional in his presentation. He had a great rapport with the children and answered their questions beautifully. We covered everything from Charles Dickens and Jules Verne to Zoetropes and Zeppelins! I would thoroughly recommend Peter as an author for school visits.”
Gita Ralleigh, School Librarian, Whiteheath Junior School.
"Our Chatterbooks club members had a brilliant morning with Peter Bunzl. Everything you want from a children’s author visit! It was inspiring, creative and fun. They loved hearing about the books and films that had inspired Peter’s debut book, Cogheart. All of them were thrilled to have a go at creating their own animation to show on a Victorian-style zoetrope. This interactive element of the day was a huge success. Cogheart is an exciting adventure with friendship and bravery at its heart – a clever mix of historical and steampunk – it has a wide appeal. I loved it."
Anne Thompson, Prep Librarian, Notre Dame School
Peter Bunzl's Amazon site
For large talks over 100 people I would prefer a microphone, if possible.