UK and International School Specialists
Working with over 5000 schools in the UK
Over 800 International Schools in more than 65 countries.

All About

Jane Cabrera is best known as an Author and Illustrator of young Children’s Books.
She has written and illustrated 57 books which have been published worldwide and translated into over 25 languages and won awards in the US and Europe.

Her books range from picture books to board books for babies and toddlers.
Jane designs the whole book, including any novelty aspects and hand typography.

Many of her books are based on traditional nursery rhymes, updated with her own modern fun twist. Great for younger children to sing a-long and do actions to.

She is passionate about creativity and the imagination and keeping that alive in young people and reconnecting it to those who think they are not Artistic, big or small.

 

 

Jane studied graphic design at Art college in the mid 1980s. She grew up just outside London and as a child she wanted to be an Artist and a Detective. Both require being very nosey. Jane loved drawing from an early age.
She worked as a Graphic designer within Children’s book publishing for many years so has a good working knowledge of this industry.

She lives in beautiful Devon between the Moor and Sea with her 2 teenage children. She loves sketching, walking in nature, animals, dancing, gardening and pottery. She also has a fine art practice and paints large murals and signs.

Jane has attended most major UK literary festivals, where she brings her books to life by involving the young children as much as possible. Be it through play, dressing up or making Art. At past events there has been hiding mice, a naughty french dog who did a wee on the Mulberry Bush and a bubble machine Disco!

She has run Art workshops in schools. Most based around her children’s books but also making large display Art with children of all ages. (including a life size paper mache cow and huge plastic bottle flower garlands at the entrance to the school) She has also curated a primary school’s Art exhibition at the local gallery.

Jane’s School Visits

Jane can be flexible for your visit. She can work with children and young people of all ages. Working in communication with your school she can tailor make a class to fit. Jane will bring some of her books for the students to handle, plus sketchbooks and original Artwork. Her classes are more Illustrative based but she will show the link between words and pictures.

Jane also loves sketching. She has a large collection of sketchbooks and has travelled the world sketching its people and places. Longer workshops could involve this too. Taking students out to do observational sketching.

A full list of materials required by the school would be sent in advance. Jane would provide a few bits and pieces herself. Cover up clothes are recommended for more messy Art creations.

If the weather permits, she loves working outside, where creating large works of Art gives the children a chance to be freer to make a creative ‘mess’.

Questions are encouraged throughout. Books can be purchased and signed.

 

ROUGH IDEA OF A SCHOOL DAY WORKSHOPS

The day could start with a short talk to the whole school on being an Author and Illustrator. Showing original Artwork, working rough drawings and books.

If there is time she could possibly doing some live drawing. (A flip chart/overhead projector would be needed.)

Classes can be tailored for each year group. (see below)

Please note, Class sizes to be standard class size or smaller.

Or for select students from different age groups across a school working together for a longer period.

They could create their own picture books or a large communal display.

This could be themed to tie in with the national curriculum.

Jane is also a Mural Artist, which she could organise to create one in your school.

Foundation

Jane would do a little intro and then read some of her books including her versions of sing-a-long, join in action Nursery Rhymes. She’d get the students to join in with noises, actions or maybe dressing up. Then they would settle to make some Art based on her books. This is about 30-40 mins.

KS1 and KS2

As above to start, KS1 would a join in with the action and song books.

For KS2 they would do a warm up large loose drawing or collage.
The students would then create a simple picture book character, maybe design the cover and if time over a few days, write a simple illustrated story of their own. It would be more complex for the older children.

Lessons should ideally be 60-90 mins to get maximum benefit. (with breaks as necessary)

 

 

KS3-4

This would involve a more in-depth talk into the process of writing and Illustrating children’s books. Covering briefly the publishing business, typography, page layout, discussing digital vs non digital illustration etc.
A large drawing/collage would be great as a warm up and then they can design a children’s book character and build a short sentenced ‘story’ of their character

 

KS5-College

As above but with more talk on the focus and passion that is needed to be an author/Illustrator as a Career. Also the different jobs involved in publishing a children’s book.
An honest look at the ups and downs of being a self employed creative. Jane has some great tales on rejection!

Pupils could come with an interest in Art and not necessarily writing.

 

Jane’s Books

Jane has written over 57 books, a full list can be found on her website. Please see a selection below.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Shapes
Listed as one of the Guardian Best new children’s books Summer 2018

 

Rainbow and Opposites
“This is a lovely book for nursery settings to start children thinking about opposites and to encourage them to think of their own oppositional pairings.” School Zone

“I really like the style of this sturdy board book, which is full of surprises.” Juno Magazine

“Its definitely another lovely board book for little ones to explore.”  The Bookworm baby blog

“Bright and bold, with sweet animal illustrations that make him smile.” Books with Baby Blog

“The exciting and pro-active format of these two shiny, stylish books, and Cabrera’s charming, painterly trademark illustrations, make them irresistible to babies and young children.” Lancashire evening post

 

There was an Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe
“Welcome to a new Old Woman and her little ones, too.” Kirkus Review
A charming reimagining of an originally more cynical nursery rhyme.”  School Library Journal

 

Rock-a-Bye-Baby 
“I
 liked everything about this book, especially the variety of animals in the book and the descriptive language that made up each rhyme.” Youth services book review

 

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
“Cabrera’s winning style—acrylics with bold, black outlines—is perfect for the preschool audience. Both lap listeners and the audience at story hour will be able to see every detail -Another winner from Cabrera.” Kirkus review

 

The 12 Days of Christmas
“Lots of appeal for young children.” School Library Journal

 

Fetch
“a charming, heart warming book”Angels and Urchins

“A sweet little story with adorable illustrations….so attractive for both little ones and their parents too.” The book bag

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
“A nursery charmer.” Kirkus Review
“Charming.” Booklist

The Wheels on the Bus 
“A surefire winner…Not to be missed” School library Journal

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
“A fine addition” Booklist

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush 
“Sure to be successful” Kirkus Review

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
“Exuberant” Booklist

Cat’s Colours 
“Jane Cabrera is one of a number of new picture book illustrators who are breaking the mould in terms of style.” Books Magazine


“…her style exudes the joy of creation…”Publishers Weekly


“…Colours that Zing, my favourite 3 year old (who has great taste) sleeps with it under his pillow.” Vivian French for The Guardian,

The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud

“A Charming Picture book.”BBC Parenting Parenting magazine

Cat’s Cuddles 
“The language is as alive as the pictures.” The School Librarian Magazine

Snappy Teeth, Twitchy Nose, Floppy Ears, Bright Eyes
“Delightfully bold illustrations and a surprise ending provide added entertainment.” Junior Magazine

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
“A simple Joyous romp.” Kirkus Review

Old Mother Hubbard 
Cabrera’s Illustrations always virtually bubble over with high spirits Publishers weekly

“A real crowd-pleaser” Kirkus review

AWARDS

Many of Jane’s books are on library and school recommended reading lists in the USA.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the year 2015 & Missouri Building Block Award nominee 2015

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the year 2013

If You’re Happy and You Know it  Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Platinum 2006 & Nick Jr, Best Book Award 2006

Row, Row, Row Your Boat Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold 2010

Old Mother Hubbard Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold 2002

Over in the Meadow Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Platinum 2001

Cat’s Colours Keike Boekprijis, the Netherlands, 2003, shortlisted & The English Association, best Children’s Book, shortlisted, 2003.

 

 

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Jane, 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

All About Rowena

Rowena House spent years as a Reuter’s foreign correspondent in Europe and Africa before fulfilling a life-time’s ambition to write fiction as well as non-fiction. Her debut short story, The Marshalling of Angelique’s Geese, won the Andersen Press-Bath Spa University prize for WW1 fiction and was published in War Girls, alongside stories from eight of Britain’s top YA authors. Her debut First World War novel for teens, The Goose Road, became an Amazon No. 1 Bestseller in its first week of publication. It was named a Best Book of the Year for younger reader by The Daily Telegraph and has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2019. While continuing to work as a journalist, specialised in international development, Rowena gained an MA (distinction) in writing for young people in 2015. Since then she has mentored and taught adult writers, and is currently studying for a Diploma in Education and Training (DET) in order to teach English language to 16+ learners.

 

Rowena’s School Visits

Rowena offers bespoke packages of creative writing workshops, including student writing activities, and talks suitable from Year 6 to Key Stage 5.

Recommended workshop size: maximum 30 learners. Talks: at the school’s discretion.

Resources required: PowerPoint projector; also, for workshops, pens & paper or laptops.

 

Talks: adaptable across the full age range. Duration: 30 minutes illustrated talk, plus 15 minutes Q&A

  • Life as a wordsmith: from foreign correspondent to historical fiction writer
  • Why read & write? The power of stories and storytelling
  • Researching the First World War: a personal journey
  • Historical fiction: a gateway to the present

 

Fiction writing workshops: one hour (or 45 minutes on request) for Key Stages 3 & 4

  • Character creation techniques
  • Voice: what it is and how to create it
  • Dialogue to deepen character and move your plot along
  • The five senses and Place: descriptive writing to enhance character, plot and setting
  • Story structure, including the magic of turning points
  • ‘Show, not tell’ and other professional tips to sharpen your narrative

 

Rowena’s Books

The Goose Road

France 1916. Angélique Lacroix is haymaking when the postman delivers the news: her father is dead, killed on a distant battlefield. She makes herself a promise: the farm will remain exactly the same until her beloved older brother comes home from the Front. “I think of it like a magical spell. If I can stop time, if nothing ever changes, then maybe he won’t change either.” But a storm ruins the harvest, her mother falls ill and then the requisition appears… In a last-ditch attempt to save the farm from bankruptcy, Angélique embarks on a journey across France with her brother’s flock of magnificent Toulouse geese.

“A gem … House is a wonderful storyteller.” The Daily Telegraph

“A beautiful historical quest bursting with resilience & hope.” South Wales Evening Post

“Gorgeous historical novel … with a tenacious heroine.” The Bookseller

War Girls

1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict.

This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; and a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war.

Through these and other tales, War Girls presents a moving portrait of loss and grief, and of hope overcoming terrible odds.

“War Girls gathers together some of the finest writers for older readers to bring to life the impact the First World War had on women … Excellent.” The Bookseller

“Remarkable collection of powerfully moving stories.” Ham & High

 

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Rowena, 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

All About Sue

Sue Hardy Dawson is a poet and illustrator. Her first solo collection ‘Where Zebras Go’ was shortlisted for the 2018 CLiPPA prize. Sue’s poems and teaching resources can be found on the CLPE website. Her second collection, ‘Apes to Zebras’ with poetry ambassadors, Roger Stevens and Liz Brownlee won the North Somerset Teachers Book Awards. A new solo collection ‘If I Were Other Than Myself’ is out next spring with Troika. Sue has a First Class Honours Degree. She loves to visit schools and do workshops. As a dyslexic poet, she also loves encouraging reluctant readers and writers.

Sue’s School Visits

Sue can provide both poetry and illustration workshops and generally works with key stages 2 and 3 and has also worked with adults. A typical day would include an introductory performance and up to four one hour sessions with a class per session, however this can be split in other ways see below.

Performances:

KS2: around 30 minutes of puppets and poetry with occasional help from the audience.
KS3: around 45 minutes with time to ask questions and talk about being a dyslexic author

Workshops:

KS2&3: Both illustration and poetry workshops are generally 50mins to produce a first draft or illustration and consider ways of developing them.
Upper KS2&3 multisensory workshops around an hour five minutes including set up and computer or CD player access required.
Upper KS2&3 concrete poetry. Note, these will require two sessions: optional finishing in an IT suite.
Lower KS2 3D shape poems, involves craft activities, also two sessions.
Optional Q&A, book signing etc. during school lunch time for children who wish to attend, however, Sue will require a 30 minute comfort and food break.

Sue can also be commissioned to assist pupils to produce large scale artworks, e.g. a mural or 3D installation. Timing for these would be negotiated on a case by case basis.

 

Sue’s Books

Where Zebras Go

“Where the elephants leave their bones where gazelle and bison follow where the great Sirocco blows where the rains go – zebra goes” Get ready to join in the Poetry Olympics, question a snake, talk to a toad and learn 20 ways to avoid monsters and mythical beasts. Where Zebras Go will lead you leads you on a magical journey across the Savannah, into fairy tale realms, back into the playground and through the seasons, introducing a whole host of animals along the way.

“A celebration of the magic of language. Sure to challenge, amaze and enchant.” Rachel Rooney

“A strong sense of inventive joy and verbal beauty characterise Where Zebras Go…” Playing by the Book  

CLPE Book of the Week  – CliPPA shortlist

“This is a little book full of magic. Sue Hardy-Dawson’s exciting debut solo collection is a triumph…” Poetry Zone

“…It’s always exciting to discover a new voice in children’s poetry – and this debut collection reveals a talent that is very special indeed…quite simply, a triumph…” Teach Primary

“…It is this attention to the visual nature of poetry that makes the collection so distinctive and gives it special child appeal…” The Reading Zone

“…Sue Hardy-Dawson has written a collection of poems to rival any of the well-known anthologies…” School Librarian

 “Sue Hardy-Dawson is both a poet and an artist, and Where Zebras Go is a perfect marriage of these two disciplines…” Carousel, Brian Moses

“…an unusual debut that can genuinely be described as a page-turner…” Book Trust

“…I guarantee every teacher and student will find a verse within its pages to share, perform or marvel at…” North Somerset Teachers Book Award long list

Apes to Zebras

This gorgeous collection of animal poems from Roger Stevens, Liz Brownlee and Sue Hardy-Dawson will entrance and delight in equal measure. Featuring a full alphabet of animals, birds, and insects, with the odd extinct or imaginary creature thrown in, these beautiful shape poems are a perfect way to introduce children to poetry. Some funny, some serious, there is something here for everyone.

“This is an inspiring collection that really highlights how fascinating shape poems can be…I love this book…” Parents in Touch

“Featuring a full alphabetical array from the extraordinary and the exotic to the extinct and the non-existent from well-liked and recognised poets Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson & Roger Stevens, this will amaze, amuse and appeal to classes throughout the primary school and have them eagerly wanting to write their own shape poems…” The Reader Teacher

“Apes to Zebras is eye-catchingly illustrated in bright colours with trailing, undulating text forming the shapes of the beasts…” QA Nursery
“This is a book that will set children off on their own explorations of how words and images can be interlinked…” Brian Moses, Welcome to the Ssssssnake Hotel Blog


“Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens have created a truly memorable poetry book in ‘Apes to Zebras’…Every subject is analysed, realised and almost eulogised in its own beautiful poem…” Bookwagon

“There is a beautiful simplicity in the text of the poems that allows you to appreciate the usage of words as a clear illustrative form… A fabulous resource for both home and school…” Philippa Rae, Kidscene

 

Examples of Sue’s Poems and Illustrations

 

 

The Kiss

I found an autumn necklace, in the hedge,
silken threads, strung with tiny beads.
Yet when I touched a strand, it fell,
leaving only scattered tears.

I found a winter diamond on the wall,
cold and sharp as dragon’s scale.
Yet though I locked it in a box,
somehow it stole itself away.

I found spring dancers in the wood,
their faces reaching for the sun.
Yet when I put them in a glass
each grew heavy on its stem.

I found a summer moon beside the road,
floating in a shallow pool.
Yet as I lifted it, it broke.
I cried: I’d meant to let it go.

Mum wrapped me in her strong warm arms,
showed me the moon, still small and new.
Some things, she said, cannot be owned,
then gave me a kiss. I have it still…

 

 

Recommendations & Reviews

‘Sue’s poems are objects of heartfelt beauty and artistry, and her workshops are inspirational in encouraging students to access their creativity and imaginations.’ Award winning poet and Educator Joshua Seigal

‘Sue Hardy-Dawson’s poems are lyrical and surprising – she builds new worlds with words.  Whether funny or sad they never fail to be interesting as she uses language to engage and delight. She is also an experienced educator and workshop leader. What’s not to like?’ Poet and Fiction writer Jan Dean

‘Sue Hardy Dawson is the most poetic of poets – she uses a language rarely seen in children’s poetry today and intersperses this with such original ideas that she is fast becoming one of the freshest and most exciting voices on the scene.’ Poetry Postie, poet musician Sally Crabtree 

 

School/Library Endorsements

Sue…was a real hit with the children.  She happily worked from Year One through to Year Six, capturing and engaging them at an appropriate level in the workshops that she delivered. Her enthusiasm and passion for her work and children’s writing came through in the practical activities in which the children used their senses to create their own poems. She also made a fantastic judge critiquing performance poetry throughout the school as a culmination to Poetry week.’ Mr James Hughes, Acting Headteacher, Willow Tree Community Primary School

‘… Sue got everybody crafting their own poems inspired by objects she’d brought with her. Despite the workshop having a mix of ages and abilities she created a very supportive and encouraging atmosphere and her gentle approach was a great success…we would love Sue to visit us again.’ Ms Jo Huett, School Librarian Rossett School

‘…Sue oozes creativity from every pore! Over many years, she has been at the artistic heart of our busy Easter Holiday Club, bring together dozens of children and adults to create larger than life tableaux on each year’s theme. She values each child, engages with each one at their level, and yet knows instinctively how to bring out the best in them….’

Rev Clare MacLaren Canon for Music and Liturgy Newcastle Cathedral

 

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Sue, 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

 

All About Martin

Martin Barnabus Noutch is the author of the Steam Highwayman gamebook series. He uses interactive fiction writing to engage young writers in schools and as a mentor, allowing them to take full control as writer and reader. He is passionate about championing the author inside everyone and has written the teacher’s resource ‘Write Your Own Adventure: Choice-Based Fiction in the Classroom’.

He has a background in teaching, theatre and music and loves to tell stories. He enjoys performing interactive readings that get an audience involved – however old or young. He has written plays for school performances, including ROM 1.0 and Juli E.T: In Love But the Stars Say No! and other adaptations of Shakespeare and is a champion for drama in class.

Martin also writes poetry inspired by the natural world, buildings and history. He enjoys walking, gardening, singing and playing games.

Martin began writing in Primary School and never stopped. He was inspired by his own class teacher, who taught him how to create gamebooks and interactive fiction, as well as by the authors of countless fabulous stories and adventures he has read since then.

 

Martin’s School Visits

Martin’s school visits can include:

– Whole-school interactive readings (in assembly or longer) with audience in role
– Author in costume
– Writing workshops for historic, adventure, Steampunk and choice-based fiction
– Write Your Own Adventure in as little as an hour, suitable for classes in KS2 and above, producing an entire class-written gamebook that can be themed to your class’s topic or area of study (titles include The Maze of Madness [Ancient Greeks], Escape From Vesuvius! [Romans / Volcanoes], Discover Vinland! [Vikings] and others)
– Planning individual gamebook projects
– Teacher CPD sessions in using Interactive Fiction in the classroom (at additional charge)

Martin’s workshop and writing sessions can accommodate up to 32 children at a time and he can work with multiple classes in a single visit.  A typical workshop lasts 1 hour 45 minutes and will require the school to print some materials.  As an experienced teacher, Martin particularly enjoys tailoring his inspirational and practical sessions to suit  a class’s current area of study.

Example time-table:

9:15 Whole-School Assembly with performed Interactive Reading

9:45 Class Workshop 1 – Creating a whole-class gamebook

11:30 Break

11:45 Time with a writer – questions / interview session / reading from books

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Class Workshop 2 – Creating an individual gamebook

3:00 Finish

 

Martin’s Books

Steam Highwayman Series

Who is the Steam Highwayman? YOU are the Steam Highwayman! Steam Highwayman is a Steampunk Adventure Gamebook series in which you take on the role of the ruthless and charismatic rogue who terrifies the rich and prosperous with his daring exploits. You will decide how the Steam Highwayman is remembered: a Robin Hood for the Steampunk age, a feared criminal or a revolutionary!

 

Write Your Own Adventure: Choice-Based Fiction in Schools

 

Write Your Own Adventure: Choice-Based Fiction in Schools is a complete teacher’s resource to equip the class teacher to use choice-based fiction writing to engage and challenge their students.  Containing plans, photocopiable resources and an entire customisable class gamebook, it will set your class off on an adventure of authorship that will never end!

 

 

Reviews

Steam Highwayman: Smog and Ambuscade – Critics’ Reviews

” a never-ending adventure”, “impressive”, “grand open-world adventuring”Gamebooknews.com
“You need to get your hands on Steam Highwayman”Jonathan Green
“Top-notch work “David Morris
“An eminently explorable world”Paul Gresty

 

Steam Highwayman:Smog and Ambuscade – Amazon Reviews

“We love this book. Both my sons (age 12 and 8) have been enthralled by this. Wonderful storylines, expertly crafted to lead you on new adventures with an array of possibilities.” – T

“A great example of modern interactive fiction, set in a unique and exotic steampunk world. There’s tons to explore, and the excellent writing will draw you into reading for hours. Whether you’re a fan of gamebooks of old, or just appreciate an evocative open-world adventure, don’t miss this one.” – Michael

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Martin, 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

Salma Zaman HND; CertEd is a multi-nominated award-winning author of children’s books. She is thefounder and artistic director of Salma’s Bollywood academy (SBA).  Salma has appeared on Coronation Street, BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, ITV, Channel 4, has choreographed and performed for Bollywood stars and is an ambassador for several high-profile charities. In addition to this, Salma is a qualified lecturer/teacher, researcher, leader, and qualified to teach both dance and drama,  Salma is also a qualified lecturer, leader, qualified teacher, researcher, choreographer and motivational and a public speaker who promotes culture, equality, diversity, inclusivity and dis/ABILITY awareness, differentiation and accessibility to all her learning students.

 

 

Salma is a published author of ‘Bollywood Princess,’ ‘HELP! I Can’t Dance Without My Bhangra Pants’ and she is currently working on further children’s books.  Her aim is to educate youngsters from an early age that dis/ABILITY is all around us and let’s embrace and share and celebrate the differences and not shy away from this. Salma disregards the word dis and focuses on ABILITY and her books promote disability awareness and acceptance. In addition to this, Salma has created story sacks to further enhance the reading experience of her students with key story words, visual prompts, noisy, tactile, sensory and visual resources – especially for when her participants have additional needs.

 

Salma, recently won the title ‘Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards’– Arts Category – 2018/2019 and she holds she title the ‘Best Dancing School’ for 2018 in West Yorkshire. Salma adores reading and writing and have had a strong passion to write from her teenage years and not so long ago her dreams came true when she launched Bollywood Princess.

 

High Profile Events Salma Has Worked In:

  • Performance for Bollywood Star – Ashwairya Rai
  • Performance for Bollywood Star – Waheeda Rehman
  • Appeared on Hollywood Celebrity, Donny Osmond’s show – Identity
  • Appeared on Coronation Street
  • BBC1: Our Dancing Town and Local news – Look North
  • BBC2: Recipes that made me
  • BBC3: Freaky Eaters
  • TV1: Local news – Calendar
  • B4U: Pop video choreography
  • Channel 4: Oh God

 

 

Salma’s School Visits

During a school visit, Salma begins with an interactive story telling session. Both Bollywood Princess, HELP! I Can’t Dance Without My Bhangra Pants and Greedy Gertie have story sacks with visual, noisy, sensory and tactile resources for all participants to use. Story sacks supports lifelong learning through key story words, visual prompts and resources. Character costumes are provided to further enhance the learning experience for all. Salma’s books are aimed at children from different cultural backgrounds and her books encourages engagement and integration off all faiths. Salma will test participant learning has taken place by asking prompting questions throughout the session such as “What are the hidden messages within Bollywood Princess” and “Why do you think? Extended activities are put in place by the providing activity sheets. Salmas books promote and encourage equality, diversity, inclusion and differentiation and all three books promote physical movement ranging from Bollywood, Bhangra and creative movement dance choreography, which are cleverly embedded within the story books.

 

 

Bollywood Dance (Modern Indian) is extremely popular amongst the children and school staff.  The high energy musicality and the fun Indian dance movements and gestures taken from Salma’s books are addictive and fun for all. Bollywood dancing is the core basis of most Indian films and Bollywood dance incorporates other dance genres such as khatak, modern dance, jazz, bharatnatyam, salsa, western street dance and some hip-hop themes are also visible. Experience during our classes the true colours of Bollywood dance first hand and have a real taste of the hustle and bustle of this popular Indian dance.

 

 

Bhangra Dance (Pakistani and Indian Folk Dance) compliments Salmas second book HELP! I Can’t Dance Without My Bhangra Pants. Bhangra is a traditional folk dance from both Pakistan and India. Historically Bhangra was performed as part of the harvest season as a celebratory dance to enjoy the good harvest. Farmers celebrated this by singing songs and dancing along to their words. Bhangra is a true celebration of Asian cultures and diversity. Below is an indication of what may include in a typical workshop with Salma.

 

  • Fun teacher led warm-up and stretch
  • Bollywood dance techniques (encouraged from Bollywood Princess)
  • Embedded Maths and English
  • Classical hand gestures
  • Learn a Bollywood dance fused with other dance genres
  • Choreographed and improvisation experiences
  • Musicality
  • Fun teacher led cool-down and stretch
  • Dance energises
  • Improves your co-ordination and rhythm
  • Increased confidence and self-awareness

 

Salma has worked with all key stages including playgroups, nurseries right through to university level.

Salma is happy to accommodate 30 children per 45 mins session (can do more but please discuss this with her so she can organise this appropriately).

 

Salma’s Books

Bollywood Princess

Milli dreams about becoming a Bollywood princess. She wants to appear in a Bollywood dance show, like the ones she had seen on television. As she attends her first Bollywood dance class, she wonders whether she will become a Bollywood princess. Will she be wearing the Bollywood crown? Will her dreams come true?

 

HELP!!! I can’t dance without my Bhangra pants!

Amaan is a little boy with Autism who was enjoying his Bhangra dance class, but he constantly slipped and tripped over. All he ever wanted was some magic to help him dance so he could win the trophy at the dance contest. One day, he discovered a pair of Bhangra dance pants and the most magical things began to happen. Amaan begins to dance. Roberta also wanted to win the trophy and since there could only be one winner, she came up with a horrid plan. Will Amaan be able to find his Bhangra moves and grooves? Or will he cry “HELP!!! I can’t dance without my Bhangra pants!”

 

Greedy Gertie

Greedy Gertie the waffle-eating cow munched on waffles. She ate them like there was no tomorrow. When, Greedy Gertie falls over, she comes across jumping frogs, crickets, with their rickety-tickety hand movements and their nippy footwork all dancing and prancing happily. When, the animals encourage Greedy Gertie to showcase her dance talents she feels sad because she is in a wheelchair and she can’t stand up to dance.

Feeling sorry for herself, she begins to stack her waffles in a sky-high pile. Suddenly, the waffles come crashing down from every direction. Super Greedy Gertie springs into action. She grabs, snatches, she twists, turns and flips, trying desperately to save her precious waffles from a waffley end. With these moves and grooves, will Greedy Gertie become the best dancing cow in the universe or will she stick to eating waffles like there was no tomorrow?

 

Recommendations & Reviews

“Salma you are a very good dancer” Bollywood Star (Mumbai India)

“Salma is a talented writer and fully engages the children”. Founder of AE Solar Systems (Pakistan)

“I am very proud of Salma’s work as a writer only if I can convince her to write a script for me”. Funding for big projects (London)

“Salma is a dedicated teacher who writes highly entertaining children’s books, which are a lot of fun”. Festival Director (Newcastle)

“Creative, appealing Bollywood dance inspired book”. Year 1 Teacher (Leeds)

“A divine Bollywood dance book, bursting with outstanding illustrations that will leave any girl wishing she was a Bollywood Princess”. Primary Head Teacher (Huddersfield)

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Salma, 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

Matt Oldfield is the co-author of the Ultimate Football Heroes series. Together with his brother Tom, Matt hatched a killer plan to write the kind of fun football books that weren’t available when they were growing up. These exciting biographies of superstar footballers including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane are a great way to engage football-mad reluctant readers. The books have been championed by literacy charities such as the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk and Read for Good, and they feature in Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader scheme. To date, the Ultimate Football Heroes series has sold over 150,000 copies in the UK alone.

 

For his school visits, Matt offers large assembly-style author presentations or smaller classroom workshops, or, best of all, a winning mixture of the two! In his literacy workshops (45mins-1hr each), Matt pairs up aspects of sporting life (e.g. first goals, setbacks, teamwork) with aspects of writing (e.g. setting, emotion, story structure, dialogue). Here are five of his most popular workshops, ranging from KS1 to KS3:

Matt’s Workshop

  1. Heroes

This is Matt’s KS1 workshop. The fun interactive session moves through the joys of reading and the reading ‘dream team’ (family, teachers, librarians etc.), before finishing with pupils writing about, and drawing, their heroes.

  1. First Goal Stories

This is Matt’s most popular workshop, especially in primary schools. Using Gareth Bale’s first Southampton goal as inspiration, pupils use setting and emotion to write and tell their own exciting first goal stories.

  1. Making Non-Fiction Fun

This workshop is great for classes with fewer football fans. The pupils learn about how Matt’s books combine facts with story techniques (dialogue, emotion, setting) and then have a go at writing fun non-fiction of their own.

  1. Who is the Ultimate Football Hero?

If persuasive writing is your class theme, then this is the workshop for you! The pupils pick their favourite football (or sporting) hero and then use comparatives, superlatives and evidence to argue their case. There can only be one winner!

  1. Bouncing Back from Setbacks

This is Matt’s most popular workshop in secondary schools, as it ties in nicely with PSHE themes such as resilience and growth mindset. Using Gareth Bale’s early injury problems as inspiration, pupils use description, dialogue and structure to write their own stories of bouncing back from setbacks.

 

Matt’s Books

 

The bestselling Ultimate and Classic Football Heroes series tell the stories of the largest names in football, from their humble origins to international stardom.

Delve deep into their football journeys as you discover; Kane’s road to the 2018 World Cup, how Beckham learnt to bend the ball and much, much more…

The Football Heroes series has sold over 150,000 copies in the UK and has been highly acclaimed for encouraging reluctant readers.

 

 

Recommendations & Reviews

“The children loved the workshops and were very engaged. The sessions were interactive which engaged the children and there was a good balance between listening, writing and sharing. Many of them wanted to carry on afterwards which is always a sign of success! It was lovely to see lots of boys that are normally reluctant readers/writers with their hands up and wanting to share their work!”

Nicola Taylor, Literacy Leader, Palm Bay Primary School

“The start of the presentation was fun/entertaining and seemed to hook the pupils in so they were enthusiastic about the writing section. Well-pitched for age group at ‘reluctant’ reader/writer level. Challenging yet accessible…Many commented to teachers that they really enjoyed the session. I have since had keen requests for the biographies from pupils who attended – many of whom are not normally enthusiastic about borrowing books!”

Michelle Kane, Librarian, Gleniffer High School

 

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Matt, 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

 

 

 

Sam is the award-winning and best-selling writer of Soldier Dog and other critically acclaimed books of historical fiction. Her works are published in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa and translated into Portuguese and Italian and Chinese. She finds herself drawn again and again into stories set in either the first or second world war.

Sam was born in Italy, grew up in France and Spain and was educated rather haphazardly in most of these countries, at many different schools. She was asked to leave at least one school. She studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge where she kept a dog until he was discovered being smuggled out of college in a laundry basket. She was summoned and asked to leave Cambridge too. Unless the dog left, in which case she might stay. She taught A level English before spending a decade in the fashion industry and now write full time. She lives between Exmoor and London with irrational numbers of children, dogs and horses.

Sam’s School Visits

Sam has talked at schools for over a decade and is frequently asked back three or four times to the same school. She also talks at festivals, libraries and events of all kinds. She speaks happily both to small and large and very large groups. She tends to use a slide show and to talk for about fifty minutes or so before starting a Q&A session.

Sam’s books and talks appeal to both children and adults of all ages. She speaks to children of age 9 and up. She often also speaks to sixth formers, doing either history or creative writing.

 

 

 

 

Sam’s Books

Soldier Dog

Stanley’s dad hasn’t been the same since his wife died and his eldest son went off to fight in the war. Now Stanley is either invisible to his dad or the object of one of his rages, and his only friend is his dad’s prizewinning greyhound, Rocket. But one day Rocket escapes, and the result is a litter of non-thoroughbred puppies that Da says will all have to be drowned, even Stanley’s favourite puppy, Solider. Stanley is so angry with his father that he runs away and enlists in the army to train as a messenger dog handler, and despite being far too young he’s soon heading to France with a great Dane called Bones by his side.

As the fighting escalates and Stanley experiences the horrors of war, he comes to realise that the loyalty of his dog is the one thing he can rely on. But his father hasn’t given up on him, and extraordinary circumstances will bring them together once more . . .

 

A Horse Called Hero

It is 1940. As the Second World War escalates and London becomes a target for German bombs, Dodo and her horse-mad little brother Wolfie are evacuated to the country, away from everything they know. After weeks of homesick loneliness, they come across an orphaned foal. They name the horse Hero for surviving against the odds and together they raise him, train him, and learn to ride.

Their days are suddenly full of life and excitement again, but the shadow of war looms over their peaceful existence, and soon Hero must live up to his name . . .

 

Captain

It’s 1915 and British troops are about to sail to Gallipoli. Billy is the youngest soldier in his platoon and is teased for not being old enough to drink or shave. The truth is, at 15 he’s not old enough to be a soldier either, and he’s terrified of the war he’s about to fight. Then he meets Captain, a refugee boy, and his donkey, Hey-ho. Together they teach Billy what it means to be brave, loyal and fearless, and above all what it means to be a friend.

 

House on Hummingbird Island

‘We’re going to a fine place,’ Idie told Homer to console him, ‘with gullies and monkeys and hummingbirds.’

Idie Grace is twelve when she inherits a grand old house on a Caribbean island, and is sent away from grey old England to a place where hummingbirds hover and monkeys clamber from tree to tree.

As a lady of property Idie can do as she pleases, so she fills the house with exotic animals, keeps her beloved horse in the hallway, and carries a grumpy, talking cockatoo called Homer on her shoulder. But the island house holds as many secrets as it does animals, and the truth behind Idie’s inheritance is the biggest secret of all . . .

 

School for Skylarks

It is 1939. When Lyla is evacuated from her home in London to her great-aunt’s enormous house in the West Country, she expects to be lonely. She has never been to school nor had any friends, and her parents have been at the centre of a scandal. But with the house being used to accommodate an entire school of evacuated schoolgirls, there’s no time to think about her old life. Soon there is a horse in a first-floor bedroom and a ferret in Lyla’s sock drawer, hordes of schoolgirls have overrun the house, and Lyla finds out that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

 

 

Book Reviews

REVIEWS for SOLDIER DOG

“I loved this book and read it from cover to cover without putting it down; based on a true story the horrors of war are clearly depicted as is the role of the heroic Messenger Dogs who raced between troops carrying messages, fearless and loyal under heavy artillery fire. As I read this story my heart pounded and I had a lump in my throat…truly unputdownable.”

 

“Prepare for your heart to melt with this wonderful heartbreaking story about a boy’s love for his dog.”

 

Soldier Dog’ is an emotive story of love, loyalty, courage and bravery. However it is intertwined with an evocatively harrowing portrayal of brutal trench warfare that for young (and older) readers will raise awareness, will be thought provoking, and will be inspirational.”

 

Awards

Sam’s books have been long and short listed many times over for the CILIP Carnegie. She won the North East Book Award for Soldier Dog & was short listed for the Branford Boase, Heart of Hawick, Centurion Award, Hampshire Book Award, Was Sussex Award, Grampian Book Award, Ealing Readers Awards, the Spell Binding book Award, the James Reckitt Award, the Calderdale Award, The Cheshire Schools Book Award, Young Quills. She has been long listed for the Redbridge Award & has won the East Lothian Lennox Author Award.

 

 

Recommendations and Reviews

“Just wanted to say a huge thank-you for your visit to our WW1 Centenary day last Friday. It was a fabulous day, and your presentations fitted perfectly with the whole ethos of the day. Students were fascinated and moved by the stories you told, and have been talking about it since. As well as the 80 books we sold on the day (wish I had ordered more), we have loaned out all 20 copies of Soldier Dog in the library catalogue – and we have a waiting list! All staff who were supervising the presentation were also very impressed. Believe you me, our year 8s can be a tough crowd, but you kept them enthralled for the whole hour.”

Ms Sally Perkins, Beauchamps High School

 

“Sam Angus came to our school to introduce her brilliant book ‘Soldier Dog’. The whole event was fantastic and successfully brought together different curriculum areas. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of how messenger dogs were trained and used during World War 1 and she shared this knowledge in an accessible and captivating way to an audience of 250 pupils aged between 10 and 13. Both during and after the talk the students were given plenty of opportunities to ask Sam any questions and to have their books signed.” 

King Charles School, Kidderminster

 

 

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Sam Angus, 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

Debra is a published children’s poet and qualified and experienced Peripatetic Speech and Drama teacher, working in schools with all Key Stages to inspire a love of poetry and the spoken word.

Debra regularly conducts ‘Cluster School Writing Days’ at her permanent Outstanding Primary Academy in Worcestershire with enormous success.

Her stimulus is often (but not always) music which she has found is a fantastic tool for igniting the imagination, particularly first thing in the morning.

And being an experienced and qualified performance teacher, Debra really can take your pupils from the ‘page to the stage!’

Debra’s approach is flexible and humorous and aimed at helping pupils feel comfortable and relaxed.

 

Able Writers Workshops

Debra always begins the session with explaining the importance of having fun with words and that words are there to be used in lots of different ways.  She will also explain that actually, there are not many rules around writing poems. This revelation normally causes quite a stir!

Pupils will hear about rhyme, rhythm and punctuation, and will also discuss literary terms such as personification, alliteration etc.

 

A typical morning will begin with Debra reading three or four poems to the groups.

If music is used, it may be played two or three times. This could be dramatic, emotional, peaceful. Pupils are encouraged to use their senses to imagine the colours, smells and sounds the music conjures up.

Pupils will then work on their poems, redrafting if need be, whilst Debra moves amongst them.

 

Afternoon:

Pupils will volunteer to read their work aloud. They will enjoy learning basic performance tips and tuition in reading with emphasis and meaning, learning the importance of posture, pausing and projection.  The self-confidence gained from this exercise really does ‘complete’ the day and can readily be called upon at any time.

 

*Many Schools bring along an ipad to film their pupils’ performances.

With Ofsted looking for evidence-based learning around pupils writing and performing of poetry, this is a great opportunity to capture that experience.

 

Debra also works with reluctant writers from Key Stage One to Four.

All About Paul

Paul is a born performer, motivator and loves to make poetry and help others do the same, this is evident in what he has achieved. Poet in residence for the ROALD DAHL Museum 2013/2014 & Star of BBC2’s/CBBC’s ‘Big Slam poetry House’. Paul has worked & performed with Michael Rosen (on a regular basis), Arsenal FC, Benjamin Zepphaniah, Kate Tempest, George Best, Miranda Hart, Will Self, John Hegley,, Andrea Leavy & Rastamouse to name but a few. His poetry is funny and moving and his poetry workshops produce extraordinary poems from children of all ages. Paul has been poet in residence at 7 Secondary Schools and over 20 Primary Schools. His latest collection ‘Catching the cascade’ (Flipped eye KS3/adult) is available from all bookshops and Amazon & was shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize. His latest Children’s collection ‘A funny Thing Happened’ With an intro by Michael Rosen, is loved by kids and people with inner kids of all ages, (available from The Big Green Book shop or Pickled Pepper Book).

 

In 2008, Paul was Poet for the London Borough of Brent (London’s 5th coolest Borough) and he performed at the new Wembley stadium. He has 2 poems in Michael Rosen’s New Penguin’s A-Z of the best Children’s poetry. Paul has also performed at 10 Edinburgh festivals, 1 Eton College, 5 Glastonbury’s, several shopping centres, the back of a lorry, Arsenal FC’s pitch and on a 73 Bus, which made the and finally…bit of the 6pm national news. Paul was one of the London 2012 Olympic ‘Shake the Dust’ Poets & 2012 Smile London Poets. In 2012 Paul became Poet for the London Borough of Islington’s Word Festival 2012-18, working regularly with Arsenal Football club (Yes that one) performing his poetry in their dressing room and on their pitch! He was Poet for Save The Children’s 2014 reading campaign ‘Read On Get On’ as well as being a 100th anniversary Great War Poet working with the Berkshire 7th Rifles and the Museum of Reading. He spent 2015 as poet in residence for the Museum of Oxford and wrote an official poem for Oxford ‘We didn’t start the shire’ – In 2018 Paul was poet for the Children’s Conference of Curiosity – a new way to imagine learning and he is Poet in residence for The Westway Trust and has just produced an anthology of young peoples work called ‘This is me’. Paul is always fun to work with, doesn’t complain and quite often turns up with donuts and always with a smile.

Paul believes in inspiring children from the front, he loves to start the day with a whole school or KS assembly – this shows everybody how fun, dynamic and moving poetry can be. Paul not only teaches children simple but incredibly liberating ways to write poetry but also the equally important, where poems come from.

 

Paul’s School Visits

Paul works with EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 and Students with SEN.

An example of a timetable with Paul:

9am Whole school assembly

9.30 – 10.30 Workshop 1

11am – 12 workshop 2

1pm – 2pm workshop 3

2pm – 3pm workshop 4

3.15pm book-signing meet the author

Please note Paul is totally flexible about timings – whatever suits you works for him.

Paul can make classroom visits, but he also believes in inclusivity, he is happy to work with a year group at a time so that more children get access to his ideas and in the words of Lilo and Stitch, ‘no one gets left behind’.  Paul works in a way that allows very able writers to touch the stars and less able writers to reach for them and feel their heat.

 

 

Here is poem written by a KS2 child who has worked with Paul –

MY FIRST HANDSTAND

I place my hands, the grass  tickles.

Putting my head in the green blades.

I see clouds.

Feet outstretched, body shaking.

Curling, ready for the lift. Now I aim, legs stretch.

Extending towards the sky.

Upside down, just like the world.

Zawdito, aged 9, taken from ‘This is me’ A collection of poems from Paul’s residency with the Westway Trust/Grenfell communities

 

And a couple of Paul’s poems

I HAD THAT MICHAEL ROSEN IN MY CAR

I had that Michael Rosen in my car,

We weren’t going far,

He never stopped talking,

Net time he’s walking.

Taken from ‘A funny Thing Happened’

WE ARE WORDS.

Their meaning, their dreaming,

the message they are streaming.

We use them to shape our lives

we use them as bribes,

to make enemies or allies,

we use them to find our tribes.

We are words.

Their story, their song

they make us listen or sing along.

They define right and wrong

always on the tip of your tongue.

We pin them to the page,

we read them to be amazed.

We are words.

They connect us, correct us

make us find one another,

yes, they collect us.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

A lie, a promise a trust.

We are words.

We dance with them through time,

they are our partners in rhyme.

Cool, cruel or kind,

the stitching in our story line

the eloquent ties that bind,

We are words.

Taken from Paul’s soon to be published collection ‘All the words a stage’

 

Paul has a reputation for never ever being late, he can arrive by car, plane, bus or train.  Early arrival at schools is crucial to set up the spaces and also to meet teachers and find out class requirements.  Paul will work as hard as any other staff member and fits in with the school ethos, he realises he sets an example and is a positive role model for all.

 

Paul’s Books

Catching the Cascade

In ‘Catching the Cascade’, his long awaited debut collection, Paul Lyalls presents verse that documents his long career as a performing poet, exploring the motifs of childhood, love, consumerism, second hand cars and his native North. His punchy, breathlessly entertaining poetry stems not just from a razor sharp wit but from his genuine love of language. “A gifted poet… his work is witty, well constructed and well delivered.” –The Stage “A talented poet, Lyalls’ works, such as ‘The Cult of Relationships’ and ‘Anatomy of a Bookshop’ provide a clever take on modern attitudes and popular culture.” –Three Weeks magazine “The quality that shines through this slim volume is a playful sense of fun… Lyalls has an unerring and endearing sense of fun.” –Patrick Neate, London Magazine

 

Recommendations & Reviews from previous visits

‘One of the strange things about the world around us is that we sometimes forget to notice it. Paul makes you notice it. That’s a kind of magic.’ Michael Rosen

‘Paul’s ability to make people laugh, both children and teachers, with his quirky, captivating and moving poetry is a real gift. His lightness of touch and skill with words really challenged the children’s perception of what poetry truly is and precipitated a torrent of poetic outbursts throughout the corridors of Garden House School’Mary Clare O’Neil Literacy Coordinator Garden House School

‘Just wanted to say thank you for coming yesterday. The children loved it and are still talking about it today’. Tom Rowlands, KS2 lead, Great Linford Primary School

‘Paul spent two days with us at the International School of Riga in Latvia. The children (and teachers) loved his energy, enthusiasm and inventiveness; this was particularly evident during his whole-school assembly, which had us all belly-laughing. He worked with every age group, from 3-year-olds whom he had turning rulers into aeroplanes, to 16-year-olds who, thanks to Paul’s nurturing, inspiring approach, wrote some stunning poetry of their own. Many of the children had only a very basic grasp of English but in his writing workshops Paul managed to coax out of all of them poetry they were proud of. He comes highly recommended!’  Miss Andrade, English co-ordinator

‘With 100 Year 5 children, you certainly inspired and injected enthusiasm both for the children & the staff…you allowed quirky and fun moments of their lives to be captured and it was something that children of all abilities could connect and spark from. We all loved re-reading the poems.’  Head of Year 5 Danes Hill School

“Every Teacher loved his work and laughed along with the pupils. Children were inspired to write their own poems using clever devices provided by Paul. He was equally inspiring for all age groups and his work was accessible to all children. Not only did he perform but he listened to the children too.”  Helen Ham Literacy Coordinator, William Patten School, London.

“His high quality performance skills means he is particularly adept at engaging the focus and attention of the class. His dynamism and enthusiasm means he has a great capacity to entertain and inspire young learners. His ability to help draw on their own interests when writing, has lead to the production of brilliantly original and thoughtful pieces of poetry”. Em Fairburn Kings Cross Academy, London.

‘It was an honour to host Paul for the day at Forty Hill, where his poetry and creative talking inspired and engaged our children to be creative themselves, to think outside the box and to write for pleasure. His humour, passion and enthusiasm left the children enthralled way beyond the end of the school day. We definitely want him back again!
– Josh Newham Head Teacher Forty Hill Primary School Enfield

‘Paul recently spent the day with us delivering gifted and talented workshops across the school.  Paul was inspirational, humorous and totally engaging.  He was quick to build up an excellent rapport with the children whilst mesmerising them with performances of his own poetry.  He quickly produced an interesting and creative collaborative example for the children, which acted as a form of scaffolding for them to base their own poems on.  The children were very enthusiastic both during in and after the workshops. Their class teachers have commented on their response to this opportunity and are delighted with the reluctant poems, produced in a relatively short space of time. Many parents have since been to the school to thank us and comment on how much their children enjoyed the experience.’
– Linda Williams Assistant Head Fielding Primary School, Ealing, London

 

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Paul, 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

 

 

Kimba wrote his first significant piece of poetry at age 11. He didn’t realise how significant it would become until his mother discovered it in his bedroom. It was a piece expressing his discontent about issues at home. It was at this point he discovered the power of the written word. However it wasn’t until he received a full scholarship to study at University he would realise the necessity of creative writing and performance as facilitators of his personal growth and achievement. As a full scholarship student athlete from a challenging family background creative writing became his go to outlet for grasping a narrative that empowered him to enjoy life to it’s fullest.

Since finding his voice in poetry & performance he has worked with several well known schools, charities, organisations, & corporations including but not limited to:

The Victoria & Albert Museum Poetic History, The Fairbridge Organization, Kompany Malakhi Creative Arts in Poetry/Rap/Theatre/Improv (Bristol/London/ Birmingham), Tulse Hill Estate Children’s Poetry/Rap Project, Haringey Council Youth Songwriting Lyrics Session, Brent Council Youth Songwriting Lyrics Session, Just Breathe London (Poetry Meditation), Wanderlust UK, Cancer Research UK, Veridian House Corporation.

In addition to working with schools, community, & prestigious organisations Kimba has also released two hip hop albums that have received strong praise and support from but not limited to: Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6, Chuck D of Public  Enemy, DJ Jazzy Jeff (from the Fresh Prince), DJ Premier, and Pos Da Nous of De La Soul. His music has also been featured in a film production in the United States.

 

 

Sessions

Kimba’s poetry & creative writing sessions are generally an hour long consisting of an intro or warm up period, followed by the creative writing session, then a performance or sharing session. Sessions can be longer if needed. All sessions require paper and writing instruments. In each session Kimba’s adheres to the brief set out by the school, then helps participants identify their inspirations and challenges, then discover the connection between the two through an enthusiastic and exciting creative writing process. It finishes with a performance or a voluntary sharing of participants work for them to discover the joy of sharing their creativity and how it can positively affect themselves and others.

Sessions can accommodate anywhere from 5 – 35 students.

 

Reviews and Testimonials

“I just wanted to personally thank you for that amazing moment you gave London on the stage. Really is was incredibly powerful and deep – my vibe completely and the perfect fit for Wanderlust.”

Alan Steel, Managing Director
Wanderlust UK/Southern Europe

 

“Thank you for delivering a highly engaging, entertaining and informative session. The feedback from the session was very positive.”

Anthony Wilkes, Equality Diversity Inclusion Manager

Cancer Research UK

 

“I would like to say thank you for the performance at the Mayor’s Tea Party on Friday 20th April 2018. Please thank Kimba his performance was wonderful and really got our event started. We have had nothing back except positive comments about your performance so thank you on behalf of the Partnerships and Engagement Team, Brent Council.”

Shane Lawrence, Policy Officer, Brent Council

“I have had the pleasure of seeing Kimba inspire adults and children through the spoken word and
music on several occasions.

Three events stick in my mind above the many others. Kimba worked with the Harrow Fairtrade Campaign and grassroots Community Organisation BTWSC to capture the essence of the strategy to become a Fairtrade borough. He produced a catchy song, “It takes two” with meaningful lyrics
which was published as a CD. It was used as a backdrop to an event in the town centre during Fairtrade fortnight 2012in front of two Mayors, the Mayor of Harrow and the Mayor of Douai, Harrow’s twin town . I believe this was a critical part of the borough achieving Fairtrade Borough
status in 2014 at the end of my mayoral year. The second was a workshop with young people during African History Month when he worked with them and helped them produce a piece which they performed with his support in front of an intergenerational audience. “Pass it on” encouraged
everyone to look at the legacy we have received and the duty we have to pass it on to the next generation. The third was an environmental workshop with young people where he got them to produce lyrics capturing Brent’s campaign to love where you live. It was interesting watching his
channel creative talent from the usual run of the mill love lyrics to thoughtful words about keeping the neighbourhood clean.

I have no hesitation in recommending Kimba for any work he has been engaged to do. He has a positive, infectious spirit which encourages those in his workshops to give of their best.”

Ms Nana Asante
Mayor of Harrow (2013 – 2014)

 

“I have no hesitation in recommending Kimba.

Over the years he has successfully engaged young people on BTWSC and Music 4 Causes workshops to produce lyrics on a variety of topics including African History, Recycling, Peace, Fairtrade, and the Environment.

The ‘Look Around (The Environment)’ song was written by young people at a workshop facilitated by Kimba and BTWSC project programmer Kwaku, and was performed at an event attended by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and received excellent feedback.

Kimba has a positive way of engaging young people and bringing out the best in them. He will be an asset to any organisation working with young people and adults.”

Awula Serwah
BTWSC Co-Ordinator and Brent Community Champion

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Kimba, 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