Type of Artist:
Talks, creative writing workshops, readings, short story writing workshops
DetailsPreferred age range:
11 – 21 year olds
Maximum number in any one session:
40 in a workshop
80 for a talk
No of sessions per day:
Maximum 3 talks and signings
Maximum 2 workshops
45 minutes for a talk and signing
Up to 2 hours for workshop, talk and signing
Areas prepared to travel to:
Anywhere if all travel and (if applicable) overnight expenses are met.
Car - 45 pence per mile
Please email us for details
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
The Girl in the Broken Mirror
The Long Weekend
Savita Kalhan has been running the teen reading group at Finchley Church End Library for around 3 years. Since that time the group has steadily grown to a good number of participants all of whom are fully engaged for the one hour session. Savita provides a list for each session which is age differentiated meaning that the group has an age range of 12 to 16, all of whom a well catered for in book choices.
The library branch has benefited from Savita holding these sessions, by providing a footfall of teen readers – a audience that has been notoriously difficult to attract into public libraries – and this is reflected in Finchley Church End Library achieving a higher than average rate of teen stock issues compared with other branches in the service. The branch also boasts a notice-board of teen book recommendations provided by their peer group.
Savita has also provided helpful guidance regarding teen stock to our acquisition librarians. So invaluable is Savita to Barnet Libraries, that when we began plans for 2019 to be our Year of Learning she was our first port of call for providing teen targeted activities. We are therefore looking forward to working with her on a writing workshop for teens..
Steve Saunders, Library Customer Service Manager, Barnet Libraries
Thank you so much for your writer’s workshop for the Year 7s during Activities Week. The girls enjoyed the introduction to different genres and loved working collaboratively to create their own piece of creative writing. Working in groups enabled them to think about their choice of language more consciously. It was a joy to see them so enthusiastic and eager to read their work aloud to the rest of the class. They felt a real sense of achievement at the end of the session.
Sandra Young, Deputy Head, The Grey Coat Hospital, Westminster
Savita Kalhan has run two workshops in our school in the frame of two different Eramus+ projects. The first time, her workshop revolved around her story Death of Princess and the second time it was around her latest book The Girl in the Broken Mirror.
Though all the students are ESL learners, Savita successfully engaged all the students into the discussion about the story, answered questions and then the students willingly participated in the writing task led by Savita.
The students were proud to share their pieces of writing and were honoured to read in front of the author who encouraged them and helped them overcome the fear of writing in a foreign language.
J. S. El Bouh, Head of English, Lycee Maurice Genevoix, Paris.