events

 

I am currently taking bookings for workshops and author visits so please get in touch if you’d like me to come to your school, library, yurt, castle or island.

SCHOOLS – As I run oodles of school events I can’t list them all here – I’m so sorry if you aren’t listed!

It’s not because I don’t think you are brilliant – because I do! You are the best.

 

 

 

 

  • February 22nd 2017 – ‘Magical Islands’ Creative Writing. Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.

  • March 1st 2017 – The Biggest Book Show on Earth. Memo Arts Centre, Barry.

    At The Biggest Book Show on Earth 2017 with Martin Brown, Abi Elphinstone, Cathy Cassidy, Jim Smith, Steven Butler … oh yeah… and a THOUSAND brilliant young people!

  • March 2nd 2017 – Spread the Word Festival, Merthyr Tydfil.

  • March 11th 2017 – Literature Wales Young Writers Squad, Dylan Thomas Centre.

  • April 2nd 2017 – Cardiff Children’s Lit Festival. Gaslight – Explore the dark side of Victorian Cardiff. Old Library Gallery. https://www.ticketlineuk.com/ticket/445826/kids-lit-fest-tickets/

  • April 8th 2017 – ‘Gaslight’ – Launch & book signing. Waterstones, Carmarthen. 2-3pm

  • April 12th 2017 – ‘Gaslight’ – Write your own mystery story. Creative writing workshop, Dylan Thomas Centre.

  • April 15th 2017 – ‘Gaslight’ – Book signing. Tenby Bookshop. 11-2.

  • April 22nd 2017 –  ‘Gaslight’ – Victorian Walk, reading & book signing. Waterstones, Cardiff. 2-3pm 

  • April 29th 2017 – Llandeilo Lit Fest.

  • May 13th 2017 – ‘Gaslight’ – book signing. Victoria Bookshop. Haverfordwest. 11 am.

  • May 27th 2017 – How to Write for the Young (A Creative Writing workshop for Adults) – Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.

  • June 9th 2017 – Llansteffan Literature Festival.

  •  June 14th 2017 – BookSlam Wales. Guest author. Theatre Brycheiniog, Brecon.

  • June 21st 2017 – Pop Up Festival.

  • June 24th 2017 – Tenby Library. Creative writing workshop.

                                                                                                With one of my favourite readers!
  • June 28th 2017 – Ty Newydd National Writing Centre of Wales. Guest reader – International School of Geneva.

  • August 12th 2017 – The Edge Festival, Solva.

  • August 16th 2017 – Dylan Thomas Centre. Time Travel Tales – a creative writing workshop for ages 6 – 11.

  • September 13th 2017 – Velvet Coalmine Festival, Blackwood.

  • September 19th 2017 – ‘Gaslight’ workshop. Tenby Library.

  • September 20th 2017 – ‘Gaslight’ workshop. Fishguard Library & Haverfordwest Library.

                                         Having a fabulous time at Cardiff Book Festival! Morgan James photography.
  • September 22nd 2017 – ‘Gaslight’ workshop. Milford Haven Library & Pembroke Dock Library.

  • September 23rd 2017 – Cardiff Book Festival. Gaslight.

  • September 24th 2017 – Creative writing session. Tenby Arts Festival.

  • September 30th 2017 – Literature Wales Young Writers Squad. Dylan Thomas Centre.

  • October 1st 2017 – Bath Children’s Literature Festival. History Girls with Emma Carroll.

                                          Eating vintage sweets with the delightful Emma Carroll.

  • November 11th 2017 – How to write for children – workshop & book signing. Octavos Bookshop. Cardiff.

  • November 21st 2017 – Creative Pathways. Careers Wales, with Literature Wales. City Hall, Cardiff.

  • November 22nd 2017 – Kids Lit Quiz. Howell’s School, Llandaff, Cardiff.

  • November 30th 2017 – ‘Book Bonanza’ Reading Festival. Dyffryn School, Port Talbot.

  • December 1st 2017 -Ysgol Bae Baglan. Visit for the YBB Book Awards. Gaslight is shortlisted by the way! Eek.

  • December 4th 2017 – ‘Gaslight’ day. Dobwalls School, Cornwall.

  • I’m almost fully booked up from January – end of March 2018! Hurray! I have the odd free day here and there, so if it’s very important do please get in touch – I will try to squeeze you in!
  • February 21st 2018 – Creative Writing workshop for children (ages 6-10). Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea.   

  • June 8th-10th 2018 – Reading Rocks Retreat.

  • October 1st-6th 2018 – ‘Writing for Children’. Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre.

  • Other work as a writer and/or practitioner includes Literature Wales Young Writers’ Squads, Lead Creative Schools Scheme, Arts Council Wales Night Out Young Promoters, Mess up the Mess Youth Theatre, Hijinx Theatre, Odyssey Theatre.     

     

 

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I cannot recommend highly enough the impact having an author visit school has. Since Eloise Williams came in earlier in the week, I can’t stop children reading and the passion for writing has rocketed. Mr Davies Reads.

‘I really enjoyed today because it made me think about where I live and how to write a good story. I can’t wait to read your book!’ Harriet, 11.
 
‘I enjoyed the work because you made it exciting and fun.’ Jac, 10.
‘I think this workshop was funny and it taught me new things’ Leon, 11.

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‘I enjoyed writing because it’s my favourite thing to do and I loved the dancing. I felt almost excited to get to meet an author.’ Lara, 9.
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‘I think it was good because you showed us how you planned your stories.’ Nia, 10.
‘I thought today was useful because it gave me ideas.’ Dylan 11.

I’m pretty thrilled that one of my stories came in as runner-up in the WELLS LITERATURE FESTIVAL’S CHILDREN’S NOVEL PRIZE for unpublished work in 2016.

I collected my prize from Camilla – the Duchess of Cornwall at the festival. Ooh… there’s posh. This is the best photo I have of the prize-giving. My face is hidden behind a piece of paper… which is pretty normal for me!