All About Andrew Clover
Andrew Clover is currently writing a series of funny, big-hearted detective stories, directed at KS2 readers, though he’s travelled round the world, working with children from the ages of 3 up to 18. He’s best known to grown ups for his funny Dad Rules column in the Sunday Times Style magazine, and to children for playing the leading role in My Almost Famous Family on CBBC.
Andrew’s School Visits
A former Perrier-nominated comic, Andrew absolutely adores School Visits, and is able to generate a huge amount of enthusiasm and goodwill. Generally he performs a comical lecture to the school on The Seven Secrets of Storytelling. This involves some useful tips, some animal impressions, and an extraordinary moment in which the children are made to visualise their own material, which then gets shared and enjoyed. (Children are putting up their hands saying things like “And he had BIG EYES like a snail” and Andrew is enthusing and they’re all laughing…)
Usually this takes 60 minutes, and it works best, presented to the whole school at once. (Sometimes teachers say: ‘But we’re not sure that year one can concentrate for that long!” but Andrew has never had a problem with that. (If you can do a really good impression of Iggle-Piggle, he finds, then they listen, just fine. And if you can do an impression of Iggle-Piggle, who’s just attached an engine to his little boat, then they roar with laughter).
After that, he generally tours round the classes doing workshops, in which he teaches them Six Sick Techniques To Get Into Your Writing, then he gets them to write, then he reads out sections applauding good technique. For KS1, he teaches some basic writing tricks. (Andrew’s campaign is to make Grammar sound fun). For KS2, the Six Techniques involve a gallop through Simile, Metaphor, and Rhetorical Tricks; it will also involve one great trick that will mean you can use the techniques, so they actually sound good.
Colin Hitchin is 14. He’s only five foot, and his IQ is off the scale. People already think he’s a freak. And now he’s seeing ghosts. And he’s hearing pigeons talking. And he sees his best friend attacked by fiends. And the only person who believes is his mad Uncle Jimmy…
“A cross between Catcher In The Rye and Northern Lights”, The Sunday Times.
“Inspired… My only problem is I didn’t write it myself,” GP Taylor
Book of the Year. “An inspiring tale of teenage redemption” *****, The Book Bag.
Andrew has written several cartoons for children, including the BAFTA nominated Heavy Pockets. He has written a teen novel called Dirty Angels about a psychic boy who sees angels flying over the city (“An uplifting study of teenage redemption” 5 stars, the Book Bag). Recently he’s been writing a detective story for primary schoolchildren and he’s been performing in schools, theatres and festivals. “Clover is hugely likeable with an infectious enthusiasm for conceiving and delivering stories’ (The List)”
Andrew recently played the lead regular role of Gary in My Almost Famous Family (CBBC). Andrew also recently appeared in a guest role in Off The Hook for BBC 3 and BBC Switch and also shot the new comedy pilot THE 370
Reviews and Recommendations
“The kids loved all Andrew’s impressions and his comedy. But what set him apart was his heart. So giving!” Mr Pugh, Wandsworth School
“Just to say a huge thank you for today. I know my class were really inspired and had a fantastic time.” Hazel Meckler, Barton Primary School, Isle of Wight.
“I am writing to thank you for a fabulous ‘able writers’ day last week. The children came back full of brilliant ideas and absolutely loved their day with you. Their feedback has been a real inspiration for the rest of the class! My head teacher, Mark Snow, has asked me to contact you directly regarding a conversation he had with you about visiting our school for the day…” Cowes Primary School
“Right from our key leaders up to every student present in your presentation, all of them are going gaga about your unique way of getting the audience actively involved in what you had to convey to them. So, a mighty thank you for your visit.” Pranjala, Head of Apple International School, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
“What an absolute delight it was to meet you on Monday! Your flamboyant energy was an inspiration and you were a marvellous tonic for all those who attended the session. We were so proud of the brilliant writing produced by the children-and indeed, by the writing we ourselves managed to do. I am currently in the process of gathering up all the pieces produced by each school and hope to bind them into a document as a record of a truly successful day.” Jacinta Read, St Mary’s CE Primary School, Gillingham
“I’d like to take all the stars other acts have thrown away, and give them to Andrew Clover for his talent and generosity, his intelligence and humour…” 5 stars Scotsman
“Andrew was a great success – inspirational and full of energy and passion. His heart is in the right place and he has a lot to give the children. He enthused the children, made them laugh, and my class loved his writing workshop. His acting is fantastic – a real strength in his performance. His faces, voices and impersonations were superb. But best of all, Andrew is a lovely guy -open, friendly and great! We’d definitely have him back!” Ed Pugh, All Farthing Primary School, Wandsworth
“This morning my literacy lesson was led by Rebecca and Emma who were mimicking you from attending your storytelling session yesterday. The rest of the class enjoyed every moment and what an impact you had for them to have remembered so much. Thank you for a fantastic afternoon. I spoke to the Head this morning about how fantastic you were and that we should get you back. How lucky your loved ones are to share their lives with such an amazing person. Oh and your comment in the book was very touching. As teachers we are regularly criticised and rarely praised.” Palvi Raval, Oxford Community School
“Thank you so much for providing such marvellous entertainment. The kids thought that you were wonderful.” Jenny and Sandy at Ashford School Library
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Andrew Clover, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org