Digital Authors into Schools

Seven Stories Authors into Schools events bring inspirational authors and illustrators to your school. With our digital programme it's easier than ever to have an author or illustrator come in to your classroom to enthuse children, encourage reading for pleasure, and enhance your curriculum.

"Thanks for all your hard work in setting up this event - and the superb interviewing skills in keeping things flowing. School are already asking about the next event and excited about the potential of virtual visits!"

Cramlington Learning Village (Northumberland)

 

How Do Digital Events Work?

Events are live streamed through a private YouTube link. This means you can have multiple classes join in different rooms at the same time, allowing children to have a shared experience, despite distancing and bubble restrictions. Events last approximately 45 minutes and include a presentation and talk form the author or illustrator, and a Q&A section at the end. We ensure every school joining the event has a question asked and answered. 

You will be able to enjoy the event for up to 48 hours after it has aired, just in case the live stream time doesn't fit neatly in to your school day. We provide resources around the books that can be used before and after the events.

Our digital author events are planned in a way that allows your pupils to join both from school and from home either live or on catch-up. We want these events to be fully accessible to your school during these unpredictable times and will support you in integrating them into your school day, whether or not your pupils are able to attend school in person.

 

How Much Does an Event Cost?


Digital

We ask all participating schools to buy a set of the author's books to the value of £70 in order to take part in each event. These books are yours to keep and use as you wish. Schools often use their Pupil Premium to purchase these books and distribute them to children as gifts, or place them into their library for all to enjoy.

In person

We ask all participating schools to buy a set of the author's books to the value of £210 in order to take part in each event. These books are yours to keep and use as you wish and can be used as part of the set of books from which children will purchase a copy to keep on the day.
 

Booking an Event

To express interest in any of the below events, please email us on learning@sevenstories.org.uk with the following information and a clear indication of which event you are interested in:

Digital Events:

Audience: How many children and from which year groups will be taking part in this event?

Book sales: Are you happy to circulate a letter (provided by Seven Stories) informing parents and carers of the possibility to purchase a book and can your school coordinate book orders?

In person Events:

Audience: How many children and from which year groups can you host at this event?

Timings: Do you have a preference between the morning and afternoon slot?

Book sales: Are you happy to circulate a letter (provided by Seven Stories) informing parents and carers of the possibility to purchase a book, and can the school coordinate pre-orders?

Refreshments: If hosting the afternoon event, can you provide lunch for the author, their publicist, and the Seven Stories member of staff?
 

Spring 2022 Programme
 

We're delighted to share our programme for Spring/Summer 2022:

 


A tale of dyslexia, drama and deceit with Malcolm Duffy - NEW DATE

Monday 20th June 2022, 11 AM (Digital Event)

Recommended Age: Y6 - Y11


Malcolm Duffy, author of award winning teen books Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. and Sofa Surfer talks about how he came to write his new novel Read Between the Lies. The book tells the story of teenage boys, Ryan and Tommy, who are different in every way, apart from one - they’re both dyslexic. Ryan’s attempt to help Tommy with his reading leads to the discovery of a secret that threatens to tear their families apart.  

 

 

Unipiggle: The Unicorn Pig with Hannah Shaw

Tuesday 17th May 2022, 11 AM (Digital Event)

Recommended age: Y1, Y2 & Y3

Meet Hannah Shaw – the award-winning author and illustrator of the madcap adventure series, Unipiggle: The Unicorn Pig. Discover how Hannah create funny and vibrant characters, including her podgy, pongy and proud unicorn pig – Unipiggle! Hannah will show you how to step-by-step create your very own Unipiggle and other magical creatures from Unipiggle world.

 

 


Writing Letters With Author Bethany Walker - NEW DATE

 

Thursday 19th May 2022, 11 AM (Digital Event)


Recommended age: Y5 & Y6

Join letter-enthusiast Bethany Walker for a letter-writing workshop inspired by her new book, How to Steal the Mona Lisa. After learning about how Bethany has written a gripping art heist story in correspondence, classes will learn how to write letters in character. This workshop will equip pupils with tips and tools for becoming fantastic future letter writers. Please bring paper and pencils to this event.

 

Escape to the River Sea with award-winning author Emma Carroll

Thursday 16th June, 1:30pm (Digital Event)

Recommended age: Y5 & Y6

Join us for an Amazon adventure, when we return to the world Eva Ibbotson created in her middle grade adventure Journey to the River Sea. Award winning writer Emma Carroll will introduce Escape to the River Sea, her sequel to Eva's classic. It's now 1946. War is over and Rosa Sweetman, a Kindertransport girl, embarks on an adventure full of danger in search of giant sloths, jaguars and a place for herself in a changing world. Emma will share her inspiration behind writing this next chapter in the River Sea story, including details of her own trip to the Amazon. The event will be interactive, with  plenty to see, hear and the chance to ask Emma your own questions. There will also be a unique opportunity to see material from the Seven Stories Archive when we will be joined by archivist Michael showing Eva Ibbotson's original manuscript and more.