"The event was really well organised and such a joy to take part in, as we are a school who likes to get out or have visitors in, and under the current situation we feel very frustrated that this can't be done. Well done to Seven Stories and to [the authors] who brought some of the 'outside, in'. It makes the purpose for writing much more meaningful. Thank you everyone."

Bailey Green Primary (Newcastle)

 

Digital Authors into Schools

Seven Stories Authors into Schools events bring inspirational authors and illustrators to your school. Over 12,000 children in 62 schools across the U.K. took part in one of our Authors into Schools events between September and December 2020. 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.

In our recent* Authors into Schools evaluation survey;

  • 98% of teachers and librarians said children are more likely to pick up a book to read for pleasure as a result of a Seven Stories Author into Schools event
  • 96% of teachers and librarians said the event supported their school's approach to the curriculum
  • 100% of teachers and librarians would recommend a Seven Stories Authors into Schools event to a fellow teacher

*Survey results compiled December 2020

"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)

 

Seven Stories Authors into Schools programme is delivered in partnership with First Class Supply, the North East's leading independent Supply Teaching Agency. Seven Stories and First Class Supply have been working in partnership for 6 years, with a shared belief in the importance of providing inspirational moments for children, and encouraging a love of reading to improve literacy.
 

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 24 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.

Here is some of the feedback from schools that have taken part in our digital events:

"A brilliant event. Great that we can continue with these special events in the current climate. Thank you."

Newcastle Prep School (Newcastle)

 

Home Learning

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.

"The children were able to join in whether they were at school or learning from home, and it really allowed us to bring the elements of school and home learning together. A really, really positive experience for everyone involved.”

 Fulwell Junior School (Sunderland)

 

How Much Does an Event Cost?

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.

 

February & March 2021 Programme

Below you will find all of events for February & March 2021. For more information, and to express interest in any of the below events, please email learning@sevenstories.org.uk with:

Which events you are interested in, listing up to three events in order of preference?

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

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?

 

Hunting Spaghetti with Morag Hood

Thursday 25th February 2021, 11am & 1.30pm
*FULLY BOOKED*

Recommended age: R, Y1 & Y2

Award-winning children's author and illustrator Morag Hood joins us at Seven Stories to introduce her newest book, Spaghetti Hunters. Morag's favourite animal is a duck and her favourite thing to draw are eyebrows so it's no surprise the main hero of Spaghetti Hunters is a determined duck on the hunt for his favourite, spaghetti. Teamed up with his sidekick friend, tiny horse who believes she knows exactly where to find it! With storytelling and a special interactive draw-along, this will be an afternoon of fun, so be sure to bring your pencils and pens!

Ten Tremendous Tales with Liz Pichon!

Friday 26th February 2021, 11am & 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6
 

Join Liz Pichon as she celebrates Tom Gates’ 10th Birthday! Tom Gates has been a beloved series for 10 years, and Liz is here to show you how to doodle in the same way. You’ll also get a chance to hear one of the stories from her newest book, Ten Tremendous Tales!


 

 

Writing (extra-)ordinary stories with Sarah Hagger-Holt

Thursday 4th March 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y6, Y7 & Y8


Join Sarah Hagger-Holt as she discusses what inspired her to write her new book Proud of Me. Sarah will share her top tips for building interesting characters and how we can use the world around us to create an exciting story. Sarah will talk about how we can use fiction (in particular, examples from Proud of Me) to think about family relationships, what makes a family and different kinds of families.
 

 

Exploring the Environment with Steve Cole

Tuesday 9th March 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6


Join Steve Cole to create stories and characters together about the environment. World Burn Down is a tense adventure set in Brazil's rainforest as fires rage and our hero tries to escape. Can you imagine yourself in the rainforest as it burns down around you? How are your five senses affected?
 

 

Stories From The Hearth and Heart with Sita Brahmachari

Thursday 11th March 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7


Join Sita Brahmachari as she explores how history, family, community and the environment have shaped people’s stories for as long as stories have been told– and how they continue to influence Sita’s writing to this day. Sita will talk about the power of releasing your storytelling voice, the inspirations that shape us, our world and the experiences we all share.

When Secrets Set Sail is a beautifully written story which shines a light on the forgotten voices of our collective past and shows how interconnected our present-day lives are with our history.

Meet Eve Ainsworth

Thursday 18th March 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y6, Y7 & Y8
 

Eve will talk about her journey to become an author and what inspired her to write Magpie and her other published books. Eve will also discuss her writing secrets, favourite reads and tips for anyone who might be an aspiring author. Please prepare some interesting questions, as Eve will love to hear them for the Q&A session at the end.

Magpie is a moving story of family, healing and forgiveness that tackles tough issues like abuse and child poverty. This event is sure to inspire empathy.

 

War Stories with Tom Palmer

Monday 22nd March 2021, 11am & 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7


Reading stories about the First and Second World Wars is a great way of understanding how such cataclysmic events affected ordinary people and why they did what they did. Tom Palmer has written award-winning books like Armistice Runner, D-Day Dog and After the War, all centred around little-known stories. His research helps him understand what war does to people.

 

How to Change the World with Rashmi Sirdeshpande

Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y1, Y2 & Y3


How could you and your friends change the world? By working together! Join author Rashmi Sirdeshpande and be inspired by true stories of activists who changed the world for the better. Discover the astonishing things humans can achieve: from the campaign for women's votes, to the efforts to heal the ozone layer. Or travel back to the start of democracy in Ancient Greece, and into space to see the incredible teamwork on the international space station.

Above all, uncover just some of the MANY ways we can work together to change our world in this fascinating, interactive session, and learn how you can make a difference too!