Authors into Schools 


The British Library Presents: Step Inside Your Story 



10 October 2023, 11 am 

Join authors and illustrators Robert Tregoning, Patrice Lawrence and Viviane Schwarz in this playful livestreamed session to inspire your students to step inside their own stories and make zig-zag books. Produced in partnership with Seven Stories. Perfect for primary school children, aged 6-11.

About our speakers 

  • Patrice Lawrence is an award-winning writer, born in Brighton and raised in an Italian-Trinidadian family. In her book, Our Story Starts in Africa, we join Paloma and her aunty in Trinidad to discover their shared history, from ancient warrior queens and talking drums, through the dark days of colonisation and slavery, to the emergence of a thriving, contemporary Africa.  
  • As an LGBTQ+ writer, Robert Tregoning hopes to help children and adults alike to accept and celebrate all that makes us uniquely ourselves. His book Out of the Blue is a celebration of living in ALL the colours of the rainbow.  
  • Viviane Schwarz is an award-winning writer and illustrator of picture books, comics, craft books and interactive books. She also invents games, teaches, and draws on stage. 


What to expect 

  • Hear Robert and Patrice reading their books aloud and bringing them to life for students. 
  • Watch as these fabulous authors create their own handmade concertina books and fill them with brand new stories about themselves 
  • Join in as they offer playful prompts to spark your students’ ideas for zig-zag books where they’re the heroes.  
  • Follow step-by-step tips from Viviane Schwarz to make a special concertina book with pop-up elements.  

Please have A4 paper, pencils and scissors at the ready, so that children can kick-start their book-making adventures.  

For more ideas and activities relating to representation in children's books, visit our Discovering Children's Books website and take part in our Step inside your storcampaign. 


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