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Author Visits to Schools


Since the publication of Scruffy in 2007, Barbara has been a regular visitor to both primary and secondary schools. In primary schools, she prefers individual groups to a single assembly, tailoring her talk to the relevant age group and is happy to work with all ages, including Reception. Questions are encouraged, leading to lively and very enjoyable sessions.

With secondary schools, depending on the requirements of the school and the time available, Barbara will give a general talk about writers whose books have changed history, with tales from her own fascinating career which took her from the Caribbean to the Middle East. Using power point and samples of text, she also demonstrates to students how they can improve their own writing skills. Where a double period is available, Barbara also conducts creative workshops for year 9s.

For enquiries about an author visit, please contact via email.


Secondary Schools visited in 2014

Oakfield College, Frome; St Edwards, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham; Sexeys School, Bruton; Kings of Wessex, Cheddar, Hereford Academy.

Primary Schools visited in 2014

Long Sutton C of E Primary; St Dunstans Primary, Calne; Temple Combe Primary,Somerset; Hopelands Preparatory, Stonehouse, Glos; The Mead School, Hilperton, Trowbridge; The Mead, Wingfield, Trowbridge; Sturry C of E Primary, Canterbury; St Stephens Primary, Canterbury; Hersden Primary, Canterbury; Adisham Primary, near Canterbury; St Peters Methodist, Canterbury. Willersey C of E Primary School, Broadway, Gloucs; St Michaels Junior School Bath

Secondary Schools visited in 2013

Oakfield Academy, Frome; The Weald School, Billingshurst; Queen Elizabeth Science & Sports College, Atherstone; Stonehenge School, Wiltshire; Bishop Fox’s, Taunton.

Primary Schools visited in 2013

St Bartholemews Primary, Royal Wootten Basset; Shalbourne Primary, Marlborough;
Easton Royal Academy, Wiltshire; St Partricks RC Primary, Corsham; Crowthorns C of E Primary, Berkshire; Sunninghill Preparatory, Dorchester;Easton Royal Community School;, St Patricks RC, Corsham; Crowthorne CofE Primary, Berkshire; Summerhill Academy, St George, Bristol; Beech Green Primary, Quedgeley; Lee Hurst Swan, Salisbury; St Joseph & St Teresa, Wells, Somerset; Camberley Theatre Group, Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Secondary Schools visited in 2012

Grittleton House, Chippenham; Colstons, Bristol; Highworth Warnford, Swindon; Cotswold school, Bourton on the Water; Henry Beaufort, Winchester; Cranbourne Technology College, Basingstoke; Millfield Preparatory, Somerset; Thomas Keble, Stroud, Glos.; Oldfield School, Bath; Sandhurst College, Bracknell; St Lawrence College, Ramsgate.

Primary Schools visited in 2012

Chilmark Fonthill Bishop, Greentrees Primary, Salisbury; Longford Primary, Salisbury, St Juliens Wellow, nr Bath; St Anne's Park Primary, Bristol; Huish Episcopi Primary, Langport; Long Sutton C of E Primary, Long Sutton, Christ Church Primary, Weston super mare.

Secondary Schools visited in 2011

Prior Park and St Gregorys RC School, Bath; Writhlington School, Radstock; Wellsway, Keynsham; Sir Bernard Lovell, Bristol; Frome Community College, Chilton Cantelo, King Arthurs Community School, Wincanton,The King Alfred School, Highbridge and Huish Episcopi Academy, Somerset. Kelly College, Tavistock.

Grittleton House, Chippenham; St Edmunds Girls School, Salisbury and Stonehenge School, Wiltshire; Sunninghill Preparatory School, Dorchester; The Bourne Academy, Bournemouth; Barton Court Grammar School and Chaucer Technology School, Canterbury; Banbury School and Oxford Spires Academy; St Andrews School, Bedford Girls School and Bedford Academy; Padworth College, Berkshire; Maidenhill School, Stonehouse; Ribston Hall High School and Sir Thomas Richs, Gloucester.

Primary Schools visited in 2011

St Anne’s Park Primary, Bristol; Kinghill C of E, Nailsea; Ministerworth, Glos; Queen Camel, Yeovil; Trent Youngs Endowed; St Patricks RC Corsham; Lakefield Primary, Frampton on Severn; Buckland St Mary, Chard; Abbas and Templecombe Primary.

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