Seven Stories has a packed programme of author and illustrator events to inspire and enthuse North East children about writing, creativity and reading for pleasure. Meeting an author or illustrator in the flesh and hearing them talk about their experiences and work can really open up the world of stories and reading and inspire children and young people to have a go themselves.

Our Authors Into Schools programme, supported by First Class Supply, brings exciting sessions to your venue. The sessions usually involve an author or illustrator talking to a large group of children in your hall for approximately 1 hour, followed by book sales and the opportunity for children to meet the author and have their book signed.

To make sure your school is the first to hear, email to join our priority list.

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 5 years, with a shared belief in the importance of providing inspirational moments for children, encouraging a love of reading to improve literacy.

Authors into Schools Programme: Autumn 2020

We are absolutely delighted to present our Authors into Schools programme, which has gone fully digital for the Autumn term. Below you will find details about nine incredible author events happening in September and October, as well as information on how to get in touch if you would like to take part. 

Events will be broadcast and last approximately 45min and there will be an opportunity for a Q&A at the end. You will be able to join the event live or for up to 24h after it has aired. We will provide resources around the books that can be used before and after the events.

For more information and to express interest in any of the below events, please email Mariana on with the following information and a clear indication of which event(s) you are interested in taking part, in order of preference (up to three 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 the school coordinate book orders?

We will be asking all participating schools to buy a set of books in the value of £70 in order to take part in each event. There are limited slots available per event.

The Cloud Horse Chronicles: Guardians of Magic with Chris Riddell 

Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

Join the former Children's Laureate and award-winning author/illustrator of the Goth Girl and Ottoline series, Chris Riddell, as he introduces you to Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba from his new book, The Cloud Horse Chronicles: Guardians of Magic. In this stunning fantastical world, the Kingdom of Thynne is a place where fairy tales don't behave, and magic can be found in unexpected places. When forbidden magic brings danger to Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba, what can three ordinary children do to protect it?


Dragon Mountain with Katie & Kevin Tsang

Monday 28th September 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

Enter the world of DRAGON MOUNTAIN with co-authors Katie and Kevin Tsang! Hear all about how Katie and Kevin trekked misty mountains and explored the Tiger Leaping Gorge in China, researched dragon myths from Chinese and European mythology and created the unmissable adventure which is DRAGON MOUNTAIN. Prepare to get creative as Katie and Kevin give tips on how to create your own magical dragon character, how to work as a writing team and inspire budding storytellers.

Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell

Wednesday 30th September 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7

Award-winning author Katherine Rundell whisks you away on an adventure that will take your imagination exploring the Amazon rainforest, racing the icy Russian steppes, climbing the rooftops of Paris and trapezing through 1920s New York City. Meet Vita, Silk, Arkady and Samuel – four children who will do anything to right a wrong - and become part of The Good Thieves troupe. 

The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice with poet AF Harrold

Friday 2nd October 2020, 1.30pm
Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6

Come along and virtually meet author and poet A F Harrold for a riotous celebration of words and a modern take on cautionary tales – featuring advice on parrots, gravy, mathematics, castles (bouncy), spiders, vegetables (various), breakfast, cakes, and removing ducks from soup. A.F Harrold is an experienced entertainer who works regularly in schools, running workshops and performing poems. There will be laughter and poetry! Bring your imagination and find out what fun words can be.


Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering with Harriet Muncaster

Tuesday 6th October, 1.30pm 

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

Join the fabulous Harriet Muncaster to hear all about her brand new character Victoria Stitch, and the miniature world of Wisklings. Harriet will talk about the inspiration and origins of the character Victoria Stitch, and how she uses miniature models to visualise her world, before looking at ideas for creating and writing your own worlds.

Cane Warriors with Alex Wheatle

Thursday 8th October, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y8, Y9 & Y10

Join award-winning author Alex Wheatle to find out about Tacky’s War – the real-life slave rebellion in his new novel Cane Warriors.

Nobody free till everybody free. Moa is fourteen. The only life he has ever known is toiling on the Frontier sugar cane plantation for endless hot days, fearing the vicious whips of the overseers. Then one night he learns of an uprising, led by the charismatic Tacky. Moa is to be a cane warrior, and fight for the freedom of all the enslaved people in the nearby plantations. But before they can escape, Moa and his friend Keverton must face their first great task: to kill their overseer, Misser Donaldson. Time is ticking, and the day of the uprising approaches . . .

Irresistible, gripping and unforgettable, Cane Warriors follows the true story of Tacky’s War in Jamaica, 1760.

Agent Zaiba Investigates: Making a Mystery with Annabelle Sami

Tuesday 13th October, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

Determined to be the world’s greatest detective, Zaiba is always on the lookout for a crime to solve. She knows everything there is to know about running an investigation – in theory…

Find out how author Annabelle Sami creates her mysteries starring Zaiba and her family, with top detective tips & storytelling ideas. From diamond dog collars, to poisoned cakes - Agent Zaiba’s on the case.

Hope Jones Saves the World with Josh Lacey

Thursday 15th October, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

My name is Hope Jones. I am ten years old. I am going to save the world.

Hear from author Josh Lacey as he introduces you to his environment-saving, activist hero Hope Jones! Hope Jones’ New Year’s resolution is to give up plastic, and she’s inspiring others to do the same with her website When she realises her local supermarket seems to stock more unnecessary plastic than food, she makes it her mission to do something about it. She may be just one ten-year-old with a homemade banner, but with enough determination, maybe Hope Jones really can save the world.

Midnight Magic and Purrfect Poetry!

Tuesday 20th October, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y2, Y3 & Y4

A kitten brimming with magic meets an adventure-seeking girl and turns her everyday life upside down. But will Trixie’s family allow Midnight to stay? Revealing the inspiration behind Michelle Harrison's bewitching new series Midnight Magic told in rhyming verse, find out why black cats are brilliant, and discover the power of poetry with a rhyming activity.