All About Chris Vick
Chris Vick writes books for young people (12+) about the sea, danger and the wonder of magic and stories.
He spent years working in whale and dolphin conservation and a lot of time surfing before enrolling on the Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People. He has three books published in several countries. A fourth, Girl, Boy, Sea, is due in hardback, August 2019.
Chris has appeared at festivals including Hay, Bath Children’s Literature festival and Mare di Libri (Sea of Books) in Italy, where he was shortlisted for the prestigious Primo Andersen award. He has written blogs/features for the Guardian and Bustle.com. on YA issues and has a lot of experience of running workshops and writing clubs for young people.
‘Whether for my own books, or writers of all ages, my objective remains the same: To help you work out what your story is, and how to tell it, as clearly as possible.’
Chris Vick’s School Visits
Chris does talks with Q and A about the creative and writing process; focusing on what stories are; where they come from, how to generate ideas and how to put those ideas into a complete story. He also does workshops, where writers create their own stories and structures, individually or in groups. He has also delivered workshop series: working with young writers over several sessions to develop full, edited stories.
Example of subjects covered in a workshops
- Building a story – from scratch!
- What is a story?
- What are the ingredients?
- Creating ideas
Chris’ workshops apply to all forms of story and writing, but he has a real enthusiasm for writing about nature, the sea and conservation. Chris also works for Whale and Dolphin Conservation and has seen these wonderful animals all over the world.
Chris can work with any group size up to 30. Talks with Q and A can be delivered to a much larger number e.g for an assembly.
Talks and workshops are one hour each, or can be combined into a 1.5 hour presentation and workshop.
Chris works with Key stages: 2, 3 and 4.
Fifteen-year old Sam has moved from the big city to the coast – stuck there with his mum and sister on the edge of nowhere. Then he meets beautiful but damaged surfer-girl Jade. Soon he’s in love with her, and with surfing itself. But Jade is driven by an obsession: finding and riding a legendary huge wave no one has ever ridden.
As the weeks wear on, their relationship barrels forward with the force of a deep-water wave – into a storm, to danger … and to heartbreak.
‘A no-holds-barred love story set in the Cornish surfer scene’ ‘A fast-paced read for older teens.’ ‘Kook is a gripping and heartbreaking story of love and obsession.’ The Guardian
‘The setting is painfully beautiful, the stakes are incredibly high, the story is a roller-coaster of thrills, and the writing is first class.’
Lucy Van Smit, author of The Hurting
‘Powerful, evocative, beautiful.’ Lucy Christopher, author of Stolen.
Every storm breaks in the end…
Jake never meant to fall for a girl that night. But plans change and soon Jake and Hannah are together, inseparable. That is, until Hannah gets an opportunity that will take her away, where Jake could never afford to follow.
Then the storm comes, bringing with it an extraordinary discovery, something that could turn Jake’s life around. But the gifts of the sea can be cursed, and the great wave that is forming may break Jake and Hannah’s world – and their hearts…
Boy. Girl. Sea
Due for release in August 2019
‘The sea and sky were our universe, and the boat was our world. A planet that had broken gravity and left its star. Drifting in the inky blue.’
Storm, shipwreck, survival, and the power of stories.
A British boy barely survives the sinking of his yacht in a storm off the coast of Morocco. After days alone at sea in a tiny rowing boat Bill rescues a girl clinging for her life to a barrel. Aya, from the nomadic Berber tribe, was escaping to Europe when her migrant ship was destroyed in the same storm. Through endless days and star-spangled nights, they drift – mere specks on the vast, empty ocean – weakened by fear, hunger and the unforgiving sun. Aya tells Bill about The Arabian Nights and Shahrazad, who told 1001 stories to save her life. As hope of rescue begins to fade, they find strength in these tales of magic, brave heroes, wily thieves, cruel sultans, and courageous girls.
When they land on a desert island, they’re surprised to be confronted by a stranger who is not what he seems… and back out on the waves once more in the dark deep, a shadow follows…
Recommendations and Reviews
‘Chris Vick was a delight to work with. An easy going friendly approach worked so well with both our British and International students. Our English teachers felt Chris offered us the best author visit we’ve ever had! Thank you Chris, we would highly recommend you to other schools.’
‘To be able to grip and audience of this age-group takes some level of skill. Chris delivered a seamless talk, and presentation, with confidence and a good stage presence. His subject matter resonated with the audience and he clearly engaged them with what he had to say about the creative process.’
‘There were a copious number of appropriately probing questions from the audience which Chris addressed in a friendly, informative, respectful style. This approach would have been appreciated by them because there is nothing worse at this particular age, than an adult trying to be ‘down there’ with the kids. They smell patronisation or insincerity in a nano-second!’
‘Chris was able to connect with the students really quickly, in a workshop pitched to engage students across a range of abilities. Chris’s thoughtful responses to students’ ideas and questions ensured that they felt confident to participate. The practical suggestions for getting started with creative writing were useful for teachers as well as students. Although Chris talked about his own writing, there was no ‘hard sell’ of Chris’s own books, which was refreshing.’
‘An interactive workshop on the principles of narrative/story writing which has provided a great revision aid for those students about to take their IGCSE in English. Chris comes across as very approachable and friendly and was very attentive to all student contributions made, generating a great rapport with his audience and inspiring confidence in less self -assured or shy students.’
‘As part of the Paper Nations’ team of writing tutors, Chris devised and led workshops for young people which gave them belief in themselves as storytellers and helped them to create and celebrate their first pieces of published work. He created a strong rapport with both teachers and students to make the workshop programmes a great success, helping Paper Nations towards its vision of enabling young people ‘to access regular, high quality support to enjoy and develop a talent for the art of writing.’
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Chris Vick, 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