All About Kathryn Evans
Kathryn has been an actor, a waitress, a grocer’s assistant, a tomato picker, a celery cutter and a newspaper deliverer – she’s even scrubbed the decks of the Mary Rose (that’s not even a lie). Now she combines being an author with being a mum, running a strawberry farm, volunteering as finance co-ordinator for SCBWI, occasionally performing belly dance and fencing competitively. What she’s best at though, is not giving up.
Finally published by Usborne after fifteen years of trying, Kathryn’s debut novel More of Me has been nominated for the 2017 Carnegie Medal and won the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award – the first YA novel ever to do so. She has a firm following of young readers and has been shortlisted for The Wirral Paperback of the year, The Amazing Book Award, the Portsmouth Book Award , The Oxon Book Award and the Redbridge Teen Book Award.
Kathryn’s School Visits
Kathryn has three talks suitable for years 7 and up: Creativity, an interactive cross-curriculum talk that makes an excellent opener and can be combined with either of these two talks – A Passion For Reading, designed to inspire a love of reading in even the most reluctant and Down But Not Out, an inspirational talk on grit and resilience in the face of knock backs. Kathryn also provides writing workshops on Ideas, PLot and Structure and Ideas, Character and Voice. She is happy to try and tailor something to your needs. Within reason. She doesn’t bake. Or juggle. Or breathe fire – oh wait, she can do that, but maybe not…health and safety…
More of Me
Teva’s life seems normal: school, friends, boyfriend. But at home she hides an impossible secret. Eleven other Tevas.
Because once a year, Teva separates into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, in the same house… watching the new Teva live the life that she’d been living. But as her seventeenth birthday rolls around, Teva is determined not to let it happen again. She’s going to fight for her future. Even if that means fighting herself.
Recommendations & Reviews
“The Passion for Reading talk set a fantastic tone for our World Book Day of Events and the workshops were lively and engaging – highly recommended –Anne Underwood, Librarian, Northwood School.
“Flexible, funny and interesting, Kathryn is a great speaker who knows how to interact with her audience.” – Kate Angus, Chichester High School.
“Young adults can sometimes prove to be hard to engage and yet they were listening and laughing consistently throughout.” – Will Bowerman, Southdowns College.
“What is happening? Am I actually choosing to read a book over playing the guitar or watching something on Netflix? Your book brought me back to actually wanting to read. I cannot thank you enough, your book was amazing.” – HF Age 15
“Kathryn is very easy to work with and has an excellent way of interacting with children and young people. The children were completely engaged and the talk was relevant to their age and interest.” – Kerry Brookes West Sussex Libraries.
“I was grateful you were flexible enough to start a bit early. Our Year 9 boys were fully engaged in what you had to say, because of your use of humour and excellent IT.” – Susan Mulkern, Chichester Boy’s High School
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Kathryn, 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