Events & School Visits

More House*COVID 19 UPDATE*

Due to the current situation, I am only taking bookings for virtual school visits for the coming autumn term, 2020…

Contact Ellie at Speaking of Books to discuss booking Lucy for an event or author visit: jan@speakingofbooks.co.uk or call 07931 929 325

Special offers for virtual visits!

Our Castle by the Sea – 45 minutes Q&A with Lucy Strange via Skype / Zoom / Google 

To discuss WW2 literature, writing and researching historical fiction, magical realism, figurative language, myths & legends – or whatever your class are most interested in! This session could end with a creative writing challenge inspired by the book. Suitable for Key Stage 2 or 3.

The Ghost of Gosswater – 45 minutes Q&A with Lucy Strange via Skype / Zoom / Google (from October 2020) 

To discuss ghost stories and the Gothic genre, creating atmosphere, intertextuality, plotting, landscape in literature, making a frightening villain – or any related topics that would be interesting for your class. This session could end with a creative writing challenge inspired by the book. Best suited to Key Stage 3.

The Secret of Nightingale Wood – 45 minutes Q&A with Lucy Strange via Skype / Zoom / Google 

To discuss historical fiction, fairy tales, first person narrative, mental health in fiction, finding inspiration and your ‘voice’ as a writer – or anything your class would like to ask me. This session could end with a creative writing challenge inspired by the book. Suitable for Key Stage 2 or 3.

FOR ALL VIRTUAL VISITS, LUCY CAN ARRANGE TO SEND SIGNED AND HAND-STAMPED BOOK PLATES TO THE SCHOOL FOR THE STUDENTS’ OWN COPIES OF THE BOOKS.

Lucy is always happy to be flexible with the content of these packages and / or to create bespoke events to suit your school and students. Contact Ellie at Speaking of Books to chat about your requirements: jan@speakingofbooks.co.uk

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Lucy Strange regularly speaks at literature festivals, from the prestigious Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, to smaller, local festivals such as the Wealden Literary Festival in Kent. In October 2019 she spoke at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on a ‘History Girls’ panel with Emma Carroll and Hilary McKay.

Lucy visits schools across the country to talk to young readers about her stories, about writing and reading, and her journey from bookworm to published author: how – no matter what your dreams are – they really can come true . . .

Lucy prioritises local schools and schools that are reading her books.

School events can include:

  • Author talk (to whole year groups)
  • Q&A
  • Book signing
  • Interviews with school magazine reporters or reading groups
  • Creative writing workshops

Packages for live school events (not booking at the moment due to Covid restrictions, but watch this space!)

Half-day Author Visit Packages

  • Our Castle by the Sea
    45 minute talk to year group or assembly-sized audience, discussing the WW2 context of the story and inspiration behind the book, writing and researching historical fiction, magical realism, figurative language, characters and myths & legends. 15 minute Q&A with students followed by book signing. One other 45 minute session, such as a creative writing workshop with a smaller group, or an interview with the school’s reading club.
    Suitable for Key Stage 2 or 3 (works beautifully with Year 6 WW2 topic).
  • The Secret of Nightingale Wood
    45 minute talk to year group or assembly-sized audience, discussing the inspiration behind the book, historical fiction, fairy tales, first person narratives, mental health in fiction, and your ‘voice’ as a writer. As this was my first book, it is also an excellent one for discussing the rewriting and editing process, and how to go about achieving your dreams! 15 minute Q&A with students followed by book signing. One other 45 minute session, such as a creative writing workshop with a smaller group, or an interview with the school’s reading club.
    Suitable for Key Stage 2 or 3.
  • The Ghost of Gosswater (from October 2020)
    45 minute talk to year group or assembly-sized audience, discussing ghost stories and the Gothic genre, creating atmosphere, intertextuality, plotting, landscape in literature and making a frightening villain. 15 minute Q&A with students followed by book signing. One other 45 minute session, such as a creative writing workshop with a smaller group, or an interview with the school’s reading club.
    Suitable for Key Stage 2 or 3 (works particularly well alongside teaching of the Gothic genre for KS3).