School and Library visits and events
I would be delighted to come and talk to children either in school or at library and festival events. I offer a package of different options from a simple one hour presentation and signing, to creative writing workshops on character, setting and story-building. I am also very open to working to develop something more bespoke. I charge a fee based on the lower end of Society of Author recommended rates plus travel (and overnight expenses if necessary).
My talks are suitable for Year 4, 5, 6 and 7 and 8 pupils. I can also offer talks to groups of adults about creative writing and getting published in children’s fiction.
More information on the types of talks/workshops I offer is available from my page on the Contact an Author website. You can make an enquiry direct to me using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
‘Ally’s visit to Edgeborough was a huge success! She concluded our March World Book Day extravaganza of events and spoke to the Year 4-6 pupils about her hobbies and interests which led to the publication of her first book, Black Powder. One of our children described Ally’s talk as ‘the best visiting author we have ever had’ and we were delighted that she and a few of our students made front page news in our local newspaper!
Thank you, Ally!’
Heather Holder – English and the library – Edgeborough School, Farnham, Surrey
‘The children loved listening to Ally and most certainly got a lot out of it! It was clear from their responses in the assembly that they had listened carefully and were interested in the subject matter … It was also really inspiring to hear of Ally’s background and her own inspirations as a writer … A brilliant visit, and really well pitched to the age groups involved.’
Ruth Oliver – Class Teacher & Humanities Subject Leader, Sunnyhill Primary School, Streatham
‘It was a pleasure to welcome past pupil, Ally Sherrick to Grand Avenue. She led a perfectly pitched and paced talk for our year 5 and 6 children. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and were eager to find out more about being an author. Ally used some great resources to bring her talk to life. She has inspired our children to read and read and read!’
Anna McKenna – Deputy Headteacher, Grand Avenue Primary and Nursery School, Surbiton
‘We had such an interesting and informative morning with Ally; she engaged and enthused the children who were enthralled with her presentation and were inspired to create their own stories about the Gunpowder Plot. They especially loved all the gory details about what happened to Guy Fawkes after he was captured. There has been so much lovely feedback from the children and parents about the visit and lots of children are enjoying reading Black Powder.’
Jo Clarke, Library Manager, Whitchurch C of E Primary School, Hants
‘I thought it was mind blowing meeting Ally and enjoyed it when she was talking about her inspiration for Black Powder. I found all the historical facts really interesting especially all the gory moments.’
Edie and Freya C. – Eagles Class – Whitchurch C of E Primary
‘Ally is very adventurous with her writing and inspired lots of us to get writing ourselves. During the morning , year 5/6 took part in an assembly where she talked about her amazing book … Year 5/6 had a wonderful time with Ally and really enjoyed reading her book.’
Amelie and Eva – Kingfisher Class – Whitchurch C of E Primary
‘The children at Chalk Ridge School were so excited to have Ally come and work with them. They were enthusiastic and engaged during the session and thrilled to get their books signed by a real live author. We have a waiting list in our library to borrow the brilliant Black Powder! Author visits are vital to help generate a buzz around reading for pleasure.’
Jo Cummins – English Manager – Chalke Ridge Primary School, Basingstoke
‘Ally gave an excellent talk on Black Powder and the inspiration behind her story and the children really enjoyed the chance to meet her afterwards at the book signing. They will remember her visit for years to come.’
Jeff Doak – School Librarian – Tollgate Community Junior School, Eastbourne
‘As well as producing a rollicking good read, Ally Sherrick, with her events and workshops, provides an inspiring and absorbing insight for children into the precarious and downright dangerous England of 1605.’
Pea Green Boat Books
If you are a school or a library and you want to get in touch with me about doing an event/for further information you can contact me using the form below: