School Visits

School visits It’s a great privilege to be able to share a love of books with school children, so I was delighted to be put forward for author event training with the National Literacy Trust in 2015 – the only national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK.


Picture books inspire countless workshop ideas and I’m happy to work with primary school children of any age.


Please email me using the contact form if you would like to discuss your requirements for a school visit, or find out about my suggestions for workshops and post-visit, curriculum-friendly activities.


‘We absolutely loved our witchy workshop! Helen was fantastic and provided some excellent activities. We were able to use the context for many other learning opportunities. Thank you!’
Mr Drew Dower, Year 3 Leader, Hangleton Primary School, Brighton & Hove

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‘Our Year 1/2 class loved listening to the story of The Witch with an Itch and taking part in the activities that Helen planned for them, which were fun, interactive and well-pitched. It inspired many to want to become authors themselves and many children now love to make up their own stories and write their own books! Thank you.’
Mrs Palmer, St. Giles School, Horsted Keynes, Sussex

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‘Helen captured the children’s attention immediately with her pirate costume and engaging story-telling voice. The children are huge fans of all her books and particularly enjoyed exploring Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates. Helen’s workshop was age-appropriate, interactive and the children were given lots of bespoke resources to support them in writing their own rhyming message in a bottle. Thank you for enhancing our Book Week and inspiring the children to become authors!’
A Year 2 Teacher, Edenbridge Primary School, Kent

The lovely photos below are from Balcombe C of E Primary School in Sussex. Lake Class (R/Y1) made personalised pirate flag bookmarks in their workshop, and Coombe Class (Y1/Y2) made this swashbuckling display as a follow-on project.

Lake class made pirate flag bookmarks     A swashbuckling display from Coombe class


This wonderful artwork is from Howard Junior School in Norfolk, following a joint workshop with Ben Mantle – the illustrator of Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates.

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 Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to send testimonials or photos following a workshop. Teachers rock!