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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson

All About Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson is the author of Carnegie nominated, Branford Boase long-listed A Girl Called Owl, A Far Away Magic, and Snowglobe, one of the Telegraph’s children’s books of 2018, all published by Macmillan Children’s.

She is a former journalist and graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and lives in Bristol with her young family. Her fourth novel is coming out in October 2019.

Amy’s School Visits

Event types: 

Amy offers two types of event – a general presentation, and workshops.

General presentation

Amy’s presentation generally lasts for an hour, including 15 minutes for a Q&A at the end, and then she’ll stay for book signings. She’ll do a short reading, then discuss writing practise, inspiration, editing and what she knows of the publishing industry. She has an interactive element, where she’ll discuss ideas of magic in writing and where the inspiration for this can be found in nature, and touch on themes of friendship, empathy and self-discovery. (She also has several magical creatures, including a rather special owl puppet!)

 

Workshops

Smaller workshop style events will be half an hour for groups of up to 30, usually following on from the main presentation.  Amy will bring worksheets and speak to children on one of three themes:

 

Magical Creatures: the legends and the realities, looking at everything from unicorns to narwhals and how we draw from nature to fuel our imaginations; children will think about the sort of creature – real or imagined – they would like to meet or create, what is special about them, and how they might describe them and their setting for a short story.

 

SuperYou: If you had a magical super power what would it be, and why? Think about who you are, what you’d love to be able to do most, and how would that would affect your life and friendships. What would be the consequences? How could you describe it all in a short story, so that other people can see it just as you can, in your mind?

 

Magical Worlds: Snowglobe sees Amy’s characters journeying through a multitude of worlds, each one ruled over by a magician. If you were a magician what would your world look like? What would happen in that world? What powers would you have, and how would you use them?

Group sizes of anything from 30 to 300 are fine for the general presentation, though please do let Amy know in advance so that she can adapt as necessary. Generally the presentation is suitable for Years 4, 5, 6 and 7. She can also do whole-school assemblies and younger groups but for this she uses a different, more picture-led presentation, so do please advise of ages at time of booking.

 

Amy’s Books

A Girl Called Owl

It’s bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you’ve got a dad you’ve never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there’s not a lot of room for much else.

So when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, she’s tempted to just burrow down under the duvet and forget all about it. Could her strange new powers be linked to her mysterious father?And what will happen when she enters the magical world of winter for the first time?

 

A Far Away Magic

When Angel moves to a new school after the death of her parents, she isn’t interested in making friends. Until she meets Bavar – a strange boy, tall, awkward and desperate to remain unseen, but who seems to have a kind of magic about him. Everyone and everything within Bavar’s enchanted house is urging him to step up and protect the world from a magical rift through which monsters are travelling, the same monsters that killed Angel’s parents.

But Bavar doesn’t want to follow the path that’s been chosen for him – he wants to be normal; to disappear. Fighting one another as well as their fears, Angel and Bavar must find a way to repair the rift between the worlds, and themselves, before it’s too late . . .

 

Snowglobe

The beautifully spellbinding and critically-acclaimed story of a thousand magical worlds from the author of A Girl Called Owl and A Far Away Magic.

When daydreamer Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew. The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician, watched over by Gan, the bitter keeper of the house. One of these is Dylan, a boy who teases her in the real world but who is now desperate for her help.

So Clem ventures into the snowglobes, rescuing Dylan and discovering her own powerful connection to the magic of these thousand worlds. Vowing to release the magicians from the control of their enchantments, Clem unknowingly unleashes a struggle for power that will not only put her family, but the future of magic itself in danger.

 

Recommendations & Reviews from previous visits

‘Amy’s visit to our school was definitely one of the highlights of the children’s year. Her interactive talks were engaging, exciting and a real imagination trigger. She included all the children in a way that let them set their creativity free. 
‘They learnt about using fantasy in their own writing and how to create characters that zing. Lots of them still talk about the day they met a real author and ‘A Girl Called Owl’ has become a firm favourite during group reading sessions.
Thank you Amy, if only we could have you visit on a regular basis!’

Caversham Primary School, Reading. 

 

‘Our Year 7 cohort sat on the edge of their seats as they worked with Amy. She is a natural story-teller who hooked her audience in – but she also did so much more. With her guidance, we collectively built a storyline for our own novel, and so the students got a real insight into the craft of writing. This visit was one of the highlights of our year.’

The Castle School, Thornbury

 

“Amy’s workshop sessions build on the imaginative worlds she creates in her novels. They are a wonderful opportunity for pupils to character build and develop empathy through writing and role play.” 

Alison Brumwell, Reader Development and Literacy Consultant, West Yorkshire

 

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Amy Wilson, 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 trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk