Historical and Literary References
Please view the LINK document for information on the real world of chimney sweeps, Calendar Houses, book scenes and location information, and the book's secret literary references!
Teacher notes to accompany the worksheets are freely available on request.
Please also see below for details of author visits and workshops.
Would you like to have an author come and talk at YOUR school? I love visiting schools and am available for book readings/signings, workshops, fairs, assemblies and other events. Please contact me on email@example.com to check my availability and I would be delighted to pay your school a visit!
Generally I do two types of visit:
The first is a simple reading from one of my books and an author Q&A. This is suitable for younger audiences and also works well for assemblies.
The second is my flash fiction workshop, in which I talk about the concept of flash fiction, read a passage from my book and then get the children to map out their own stories, using a writing prompt from the book.
A workshop/author talk will last in the region of 45 minutes to an hour. I am able to combine a mixture of both to form a longer visit across a number of year groups.
Please note that these events usually include book signings, and the opportunity for pupils to purchase a copy of one of more of the DOTTY books and, of course, to meet the author after the event. Generally I would say that my workshop sessions are suitable for years 3 to 6. Readings and author Q&As can accommodate a younger audience.
Please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss requirements.
I charge fees in line with the standard Society of Author’s rates.