Talks and Workshops

I’m happy to give author talks, readings and book signings subject to availability.
I visit primary schools from Nursery-Y4 but also do workshops for budding picture book authors, literary festivals, radio/TV interviews and visit hospital schools.

I give a variety of performances which include fascinating props and the occasional puppet. Each show is designed to be age-appropriate and fun, usually with audience participation. However, if you just want a simple reading session, that can be arranged.
You’ll be thrilled to learn that Ofsted like me and while I may not arrive in a helicopter like David Walliams, I do have a Performing Rights Licence and I love school dinners.

Fees:
All fees are as stated plus vat/travel expenses including hotels when necessary.
On occasion, publishers will cover the author’s travel expenses, but not always.
Concessions may be available subject to location/availability/event/state of the universe.

Book Sales
If you’d like a book sale after the event, most booksellers will help on a sale or return basis.
It pays to advertise, so a few posters on school doors announcing the date/time/venue is a good back-up for “The letter to give to your parents” because unless children have changed radically, I always turned those letters into paper planes and threw them on the school roof. This could explain why my mother and father never turned up on Sports Day.

 

How to Book.

Please e-mail your request to: jeanne@jeannewillis.com

 

Most Popular Shows:

Bog Baby Workshop (Nursery - Y4)

Based on my picture book, ”The Bog Baby.” This character has become so popular, I’ve been invited back annually by several schools, many of whom have created their own plays, written songs and used him across the syllabus - have a look online to see what other schools have done with Bog Babies - amazing! Where did they find the time?

What you get for your money.
A whole day event (max 2 performances in hall) starting with a 35-40 minute PowerPoint in the hall with audience participation, featuring the story and photos/funny anecdotes about my pets/mini beasts who inspired it. (I’m an amateur entomologist in case you’re wondering- I keep beetles, breed butterflies and moths and I am a great fan of the tadpole).
The show is supported with props, eg. moth cocoons, sloughed snake skins, fabric caterpillar that morphs into a butterfly, dress-up butterfly wings and a caterpillar costume.
After the PowerPoint, the children help me make a habitat for a model bog baby in the hall after which I go from class to class to help them do Artwork - either making model bog babies and a habitat or a big collage. Each child receives a Bog Baby sticker.
(Full teacher’s notes can be provided before the event to help with the simple prep)

Fee: (Including optional book signing)
Within London:  £350 + vat/travel
Outside London: £400 + vat/travel

 

Internet Safety Show (YR 1-4)

This features three picture books about Internet Safety, featuring traditional characters with a contemporary twist: Chicken Clicking, Troll Stinks and Hashtag Goldilocks.
There is plenty of humour but each story has a serious point to make and is a helpful aid to further projects/discussions in class after my visit.
Suitable for halls, theatres and also intimate settings such as classrooms, libraries etc.

What you get for your money
A mischievous fluffy chick puppet who reacts to me, the audience and the three stories which I present on PowerPoint.
The show can last between 40-60 minutes depending on age, audience participation, the addition of question time, curriculum etc.– you decide.
It culminates in a catchy song to bring the message home, sung to the tune of ‘Hey Little Hen’ with lyrics adapted to the theme. (Written by a teacher who used the book in class and felt inspired to put it on YouTube - Thank you, hope you got your marking done.)

Fee: (Whole day/maximum 3x performances/book signing included if required)
Within London: £350+ vat/travel.
Outside London: £400+ vat/travel
Ticketed Festivals: £400+vat/travel. Un-ticketed: £300 +vat/travel.
(Concessions for half-day with one performance depending on location/availability) 

 

My Animals and Other Stories. (Y1-4)

This show features picture books inspired by my love of creatures great and small.
It includes Tadpole’s Promise, Boa’s Bad Birthday, Slug Needs A Hug and Chicken Clicking*

What you get for your money
The stories presented on PowerPoint with funny anecdotes about the animals who inspired them, plus audience participation/props: For Tadpole’s Promise, we handle things related to metamorphosis in frogs/butterflies. For Boa’s Bad Birthday, we examine sloughed snakeskins, for Slug Needs a Hug, we dress up a big, knitted smiley... slug!  
In Chicken Clicking, a cheeky chick puppet joins in the fun and we sing “Hey Little Hen.” to new lyrics to remind us of the message the story; Stay Safe Online.
Please note that if the audience is very young or you’d prefer a shorter session (35 mins rather than 45 approx.) I can just feature the first three books without Chicken Clicking.

Fee (whole day/max 3x performances/includes book signing)
Schools within London: £250 plus vat/travel (without Chicken Clicking)
                                          £300 plus vat/travel (to include Chicken Clicking with puppet).

Schools outside London: £350 plus vat/travel (without Chicken Clicking)
                                          £400 plus vat/travel (to include Chicken Clicking with puppet)