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From the SLA 2009 Weekend Course. Writers, storytellers, illustrators... creative visitors to school can give a boost to borrowing, a highlight in a book event, and a great way to partner with other ...

From the SLA 2009 Weekend Course. Writers, storytellers, illustrators... creative visitors to school can give a boost to borrowing, a highlight in a book event, and a great way to partner with other teaching staff. This session looks at good practice in organising visits: essential preparation, top tips, and all-important follow-up.

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  • 1. Author Allies, Poet Partners and Story Stars... Working with Creative Guests SLA Weekend Course Seminar, June 2009 Presenter: Alec Williams Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]
  • 2. Why have an Author Visit?
    • To enthuse students about reading and writing
    • To allow students to meet a favourite author in
    • person, and ask them questions
    • To fit into a scheme of work
    • To tick the relevant NC box
    • To gain positive publicity for the school
    • To be part of a programme of events
    • To gain from the experience,
    • professionally and personally
    Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]
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  • 5. What sort of author do you want?
    • Recommended by colleagues?
    • Writers for which age group?
    • What sort of presentation?
    • How many students will be involved?
    • Is the author affordable?
    • Is the author available?
    Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]
  • 6. How to choose an author
    • Information from SLSs, and other school librarians
    • Books of background about authors
    • Websites giving background (Book Trust, Scottish
    • Book Trust, Society of Authors)
    • Websites listing their books (e.g. Amazon)
    • Websites: author agencies
    • Websites: authors’ own
    • Websites of storytellers (e.g. SfS)
    Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]
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  • 16. ‘ Previewing’ authors...
    • At conferences and training courses
    • At local Children’s Book Group meetings
    • Via video or audio clips on websites (e.g. Author’s
    • own site, Teachers’ TV...)
    • Via CDs/DVDs with books (e.g. Scholastic
    • ‘ Storyteller’ series)
    • At local storytelling clubs
    • Sitting in on a nearby school’s visit
    Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]
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  • 18. Setting up the visit
    • Guidance on planning an author visit can be found at websites such as:
    • World Book Day
    • http://www.worldbookday.com/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=44
    • ContactAnAuthor
    • http://www.contactanauthor.co.uk/bookinganauthor.htm
    • National Literacy Trust
    • http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/Database/authorres.html
    • ...and PDFs from these sites are also on the
    • SLA ‘Weekend Training Course’ pages
    Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]
  • 19. Authors recommended by delegates at the seminar: 1
    • Adisa (Used with Y3-Y8, plus parents. Two mentions)
    • Chris Bradford (obtained via local book shop. Two
    • mentions)
    • Chris White, cartoonist (obtainable via the ‘Potty
    • Poets’ site, as is Jez Walsh)
    • Paul Cookson (poet)
    • Joe Craig
    • Carrie Fisher
    • David Harmer (poet)
    Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]
  • 20. Authors recommended by delegates at the seminar: 2
    • Sonia Leong (Manga artist)
    • Catherine McPhail
    • Natasha Narayan (‘Mummy-snatchers of Memphis’
    • author)
    • William Nicholson
    • Neil Oliver (BBC ‘Coast’ presenter; talked
    • about history)
    • Bali Rai
    • Malcolm Rose
    Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]
  • 21. Authors recommended by delegates at the seminar: 3
    • Michael Rosen
    • Ali Sparkes
    • Nick Sharratt (illustrator)
    • Andy Stanton
    • Jeremy Strong
    • Emma Vieceli (Manga artist)
    • Philip Wells (poet)
    Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]
  • 22. Further advice and guidance The remainder of this conference seminar took the form of whole-group discussion and questions. Alec Williams (details below) would be happy to answer further questions about author visits, and you could also contact the School Library Association office, your local SLA Branch, or your local School Library Service. Good luck with the visit! Alec Williams: Training, Consultancy, Performance 07977-590189 [email_address]