Virtual school events

I'm very happy to say I am now available for virtual school visits for the 2020/21 school year. The events are particularly suitable for Key Stage 2 (age 7-11) and could be part of a school assembly or for a smaller year group/class. They would be very relevant for children studying WW1 or the Edwardian era as a topic. 

I can offer the following for individual classes or assemblies. 

  • A 30-minute Question and Answer virtual visit on MS Teams or Zoom - £50

I will introduce myself and my books and then take questions, for example on writing historical fiction, aspects of creative writing, what it’s like to be an author, and of course my books! I’m happy for questions to be submitted in advance, or to take them on the day. 


  • A 1-hour virtual author talk on my research and inspiration for The Garden of Lost Secrets and The House of One Hundred Clocks, including a short reading and a question and answer session - £150

The talk uses PowerPoint slides and is very interactive. I'm happy to tailor this to a school’s specific requirements, for example focusing on one book in particular if it’s being studied as a class text. The talk will include a fun ‘guess the most expensive clock’ quiz which has been very popular at my in-person school events.

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.  

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