I love to visit schools to help inspire children with their creativity, reading and writing. I offer a one hour interactive presentation in which I discuss my inspiration and research for The Garden of Lost Secrets (the walled gardens at Ickworth Park in Suffolk and the discovery of a 100 year old gardener’s notebook), give a short reading from the book, talk about the WW1 setting and themes, and run an interactive session on encouraging the children to come up with a walled garden setting for a new story/picture that they could complete as part of a later class activity. There is time for questions at the end.
The presentation is particularly suitable for Key Stage 2 (age 7-11) and could be part of a school assembly or for a smaller year group/class. It would be very relevant for children studying WW1 as a topic.
My fees are endorsed by the Society of Authors and are:
£150 for an hour-long talk;
£250 for a half-day (two talks);
A full day is £400 (three talks).
Travel expenses (and overnight accommodation where required) would be an additional cost so please consider this. I live in West Suffolk so I do try to accommodate budgets where possible, and I do offer Skype visits at significantly cheaper rates. Please contact me for details. I do ask for help arranging the opportunity to buy signed books.
If you have any questions or are interested in booking a school event please do get in touch via the contact button.
“I think that the visit from Ann Marie was very good and exciting. I read the book in one day as I was drawn to it and couldn’t stop reading. I loved the visit and how she talked about her diary entry. I also like when she talked about how the book is set in a real building even if you can’t go in the hot houses anymore." LM, Year 5.
"KS2 thoroughly enjoyed this experience, for some it was the first time meeting an author in real life. The Author engaged the children with slides relating to the story of places and the people that had inspired her to write the book. The children loved answering her questions about their own experiences of writing and were eager to participate when they discussed their own story lines involving a secret walled garden. Many of the children purchased a signed copy of the book and it was lovely to see them in school the next day with this as their new reader.One Year 5 told me, she had already read the whole book and loved it!" Librarian, Bungay Primary School.
"The workshop was absolutely perfect. I have had really great feedback from the other staff and the children so thank you, thank you, thank you!
I was really impressed with the detail of your planning for the event and everything was so smooth. You have such a natural and encouraging way with the children, too. It was a real pleasure to have you hook the children into writing about the gardens."
Great Dunmow Primary School, Essex.