Type of Artist:
Talk/presentation with short reading, activities and author Q&A.
Workshop, specifically for LGBTQ+ school or youth groups.
Two options for engaging sessions for upper KS2 / lower KS3 students, each including a short presentation and reading, creative activities and an author Q&A.
Writing (extra-)ordinary stories
You don’t need magic or fantasy worlds to create an exciting story. Ideas for amazing stories are everywhere in our ordinary lives, if we know how to look.
Prejudice to Pride: Writing stories with LGBTQ+ characters
Books with LGBTQ+ characters used to be banned, now they are celebrated. What’s changed and why do LGBTQ+ stories still matter?
I also offer 30-minute workshops aimed at LGBTQ+ youth/school groups (years 7-13) on finding your voice and discovering queer stories.
DetailsPreferred age range:
Writing (extra-)ordinary stories most suitable for Years 5-8.
Prejudice to Pride most suitable for Years 7&8.
LGBTQ+ school/youth group workshop most suitable for Years 7-13.
Maximum number in any one session:
Up to 150 (eg. whole year group) for talk/presentation (but have done more, so happy to discuss)
Up to 20 in workshop
No of sessions per day:
Max 3 talks/presentations and one workshop.
Talk/presentation – 45-60 mins
Workshop – 30-45 mins (as these groups often meet during lunchbreaks)
Both with time for signing afterwards.
Areas prepared to travel to:
Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire
Sheffield and surrounding area (South Yorks and Derbyshire)
Will discuss travelling further if overnight expenses can be met.
Train or tube (plus taxi if necessary)
Please email us for details
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
Nothing Ever Happens Here (2020)
Proud of Me (2021)
"Our Year 7 students loved Sarah's visit to Glenthorne, it was engaging, funny, and thought-provoking. Her novel, Nothing Ever Happens Here, is an amazing read that helps build empathy and understanding. Sarah does a fantastic job at getting students excited about her work and reading for pleasure in general. I highly recommend her for any school visit!"
Lucas Maxwell, UK School Librarian of the Year 2017.
“Sarah’s events are really engaging and perfectly pitched at UKS2 and LKS3 students. Sarah manages to strike a great balance between engaging the audience with the story, talking about creative writing and her own experience as an author and introducing the audience to the importance of representing all types of families. Nothing Ever Happens Here is a great book to talk to young people about LGBTQ+ issues and trans issues in particular and I would really recommend Sarah’s event as a starting point for that.”
Mariana Mouzinho, Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books.
“It was great to work with Sarah for our Teen Writing Group session and our Authors into School session, she communicated well and made it clear what she was able to deliver for us. Her session was informative, well-paced and really inspiring. The young people came up with lots of brilliant questions. We look forward to working with Sarah again in the future.”
Elizabeth McDonald, Wokingham Borough Libraries
“I knew what an important book ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ was when I read it during the summer. I was so excited about her book that I contacted her to speak to the Year 7s at Warwick School. Her virtual Q&A with the students at Warwick School in October was filled with humour and warmth. It got so many students excited about reading. I can’t recommend Sarah enough!”
Laura DeVouge-Bernards, head librarian, Warwick school.