Looking for an author to inspire your pupils?
I have given talks in primary schools and high schools of all sizes. Most of my author talks have taken place in schools in Cheshire, Manchester and Merseyside but I’m happy to travel and have even given a talk in Penzance, Cornwall!
If you’d like me to give a talk in your school or library please get in touch by emailing me, firstname.lastname@example.org
My first picture book ‘The Best World Book Week Ever’ is out in January. It tell the tale of Danny, a cheeky monkey who loves to read all kinds of books, and is celebrating World Book Week with the rest of his jungle class. This story is perfect to read in the run up to your own World Book Week, or during the week itself. Danny’s story will encourage reluctant readers to try new books, and get everyone in your class/school excited about books and reading.
My name is Sarah Oliver and I’m a Sunday Times Best Selling author from Widnes. I’ve written over twenty books – mainly celebrity biographies on the likes of One Direction, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Robert Pattinson but also a guide to the Hobbit movies, an inspirational book for young rugby players, a guide to superheroes and the biography of a rescued donkey (which was serialised in the Daily Mail). My books have been translated into five languages.
I love to inspire young people to dream big dreams and in my author talks I give a clear anti-bullying message as I discuss my writing journey. I also talk about what it’s like to be a journalist, attend press conferences and meet famous people.
A typical day
After a whole school assembly, I run a number of different workshops, depending on the age of the children. With the younger ones there are two options. We can act out my Pollyanne book. Pollyanne is a donkey who was rescued and now performs on the West End Stage and in TV shows. Or we can read my book ‘The Best World Book Week Together’, and act it out using lots of animal costumes. Both workshops are lots of fun.
With the older children I explore the writing process and we write a book together as a class. This is great fun and we usually have a competition between classes to see who can produce the best book by the end of the day.
(I am happy to adjust what I do for your individual school. Some schools decide to not have an assembly, others decide to have a separate assemblies for KS1 and KS2)
Mr Keogh, All Saints C of E Primary School, Manchester: “Sarah visited our school on World Book Day. She led a very interesting and motivating whole school assembly that provided information about her life and regarding her journey to becoming an author, which the children and staff who were present thoroughly enjoyed.
Sarah then found the time to visit each class during the day and deliver stimulating and engaging writing workshops which encouraged our children to think like authors, carry our research and work to a deadline in order to produce and ‘publish’ a class book, based on her own popular A-Z series of books.
My class (Year 6) were extremely ‘fired up’ following Sarah’s visit to their classroom and worked tirelessly throughout the remainder of the day to get their book completed on time for Sarah’s visit before she left school.
I would thoroughly recommend a school visit by Sarah – her enthusiasm and motivation was infectious and transmitted to the children throughout the course of the day. Since her visit, Year 6 have been following her on Twitter and taking a keen interest in her career!”
Mrs Tillotson, Assistant Headteacher, Victoria Road Primary School: “Sarah’s visit really fit in well with our Year 5 and 6 work on biographical writing. It was great to inspire the children with a visit from an author that was a bit different to the usual fiction author visits we have. Sarah engaged the children with her biographies on famous celebrities and had a lovely manner with them. Her personal story of how she became an author was something that really grabbed the children’s attention. A fantastic day with a lovely whole class outcome at the end!”
Mrs Munro, Year 5 teacher, Victoria Road Primary School: “Working with Sarah Oliver really enabled us to bring our literacy lessons to life. Our children became enthused and were truly inspired by her work, and were seen utterly submerged into the activities she delivered during her workshop. After the workshop we were able to apply the skills developed into our biographies, creating quality pieces that were published.”
Paige, Year 6 pupil: “When I heard that Sarah Oliver was coming into school I was ecstatic – I really was excited! She explained her job clearly and everyone was engaged. To get us involved she gave us roles that we could all do; this also showed us what it was like to be an author. At the end she answered any questions we had. It was amazing!!