"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 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.


January & February 2021 Programme

Below you will find all of events for January and February 2021. For more information, and to express interest in any of the below events, please email mariana.mouzinho@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?


Treasure Island with Jack Noel

Tuesday 12th January 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y3, Y4 & Y5

In his new hilariously funny Comic Classics series, Jack takes an edited version of a classic book and fills the pages with illustrations to create the perfect introduction for a young audience. With lots of live drawing, Jack will introduce readers to Treasure Island, demonstrate how to design characters and draw comics so readers can start their very own books!


An out-of-this-world visit with SPACE ODDITY author Christopher Edge 

Thursday 14th January 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6
This will be a fun, interactive and engaging event for KS2. As well as talking about the story of Space Oddity, Christopher will explore the real-life science in the book – the search for extraterrestrial life, the speed of light, and teleportation – and read a snippet from the book. 

Christopher is hugely experienced at events, and has performed events at hundreds of schools, libraries and festivals. His events are entertaining, interactive and engaging, and will keep even the largest audiences enthralled!  


Train to Impossible Places with P.G. Bell

Tuesday 26th January 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6

Join bestselling author P.G. Bell for an impossible adventure with the crew of the Impossible Postal Express! Hear how this author used to HATE writing but LOVED books and comics, and how he turned a bedtime story for his son into a published book! A highly interactive talk with a reading, a Q&A, and a group activity where the kids can create brand new characters for their own Impossible train!

Writing a Story of Poems using Myth and Magic with Joseph Coelho

Thursday 28th January 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y7, Y8 & Y9
Join award children's author and poet Joseph Coelho as he shares the inspirations behind his verse novel The Girl Who Became A Tree and reveals how he created a story that blends myth and magic, poetry and storytelling.

With over 18 years of experience running creative literacy sessions in schools up and down the country Joseph's work centres around stories and poetry that connect with young people as well as offering them ways to become inspired so that they too can find their own inner writer. 

Exploring Everdark and the Unmapped Chronicles with Abi Elphinstone

Tuesday 2nd February 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6

From living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia to conjuring up secret kingdoms in her writing shed, bestselling author Abi Elphinstone will be talking about the real-life adventures and accidental daydreams behind her stories, including her latest book Everdark, an adventure set in a sea kingdom filled with silver whales, enchanted boats and fire krakens...

Stars with Flaming Tails with poet Valerie Bloom

Tuesday 9th February 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6

Join one of the UK’s best-loved poets for an awesome poetry session.  Listen to Valerie Bloom perform poems from her new book  Stars with Flaming Tails (illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max, published by Otter-Barry Books)  and then start to create your own poems with her.  Valerie’s poems are about best friends, family life and making pancakes; discovering  a river dolphin, a poison dart frog and the most dangerous animal in the world; imagining a talking nose and finding the colour of your dreams. What would you like to write about? Let Valerie inspire you.