All About Ellie Irving
Ellie Irving was born in Bristol, but raised in a hamlet on the outskirts of Southend-on-Sea, by a family of avid readers. As a child, Ellie had an unhealthy obsession with ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ and when she was seven, convinced her parents to buy her a Petite Super International typewriter for Christmas, so she could be just like Jessica Fletcher. She has yet to solve any crimes.
After studying a 4 year Broadcasting Degree at the University of Leeds, Ellie Irving realised there were too few home-makeover shows in the world and worked on a number of DIY and Garden programmes for UK Style. Ellie returned to studying and graduated from an MA in Screenwriting course at the London College of Communication in 2009. Her first book, For The Record, was published in 2011. She lives in North London.
Ellie’s School Visits
Ellie is happy to cater to your school’s needs, but will normally work with years 3-6. Where appropriate, she will start with a whole-key stage presentation. This is a fun, interactive and engaging session that will appeal to both boys and girls. Her first book, For The Record, is all about Guinness World Records, which goes down well with boys, in particular.
This presentation will include:
How she became a writer – overcoming rejections and set-backs to succeed
Where ideas come from
How to be more creative – thinking differently about ideas and really make them your own
How to create interesting, unusual characters and setting them a goal for your story
How to introduce conflict into a story
During the session, Ellie will read from her books, as a springboard to the pupils doing their own creative writing. This will normally last approximately 50-60 minutes.
After this, Ellie is happy to run creative writing workshops for individual classes, for approximately 30 minutes a session. These will include her writing tips, such as ‘Show, Don’t Tell,’ a fun and dramatic way of bringing your stories and sentences to life and ‘Opening Lines,’ looking at how to make your stories start with a bang.
For all presentations and workshops, Ellie will need:
Laptop/computer cabled to screen, with a USB port to use for PowerPoint; also a clicker, if available. Pupils will need paper and pencils to undertake their writing exercises.
Ellie is currently working on her fifth novel for 8-12 year olds, as well as a book for teens. All of her stories are funny, quirky capers, about ordinary children who form extraordinary plans to achieve their goal.
For The Record – 10 year old Luke is obsessed with Guinness World Records. When his village is threatened by the building of a waste plant, he forms a plan to put it on the map and save it from destruction: breaking 50 world records in a week.
Billie Templar’s War – Billie’s Dad is a soldier, away fighting for Queen and Country. When one of his regiment is seriously injured, Billie hatches a daring plan to bring her Dad home safe and sound.
Billie Templar’s War won the 2013 James Reckitt Hull Book Award, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Sheffield Children’s Book Award and the 2014 Calderdale Children’s Book Award.
The Mute Button – Anthony Button loves his big family, but their nose drives him crazy, and he often feels ignored. So Ant starts a silent protest to try to get everyone’s attention. But now he’s pressed the mute button, will he ever find his voice again?
The Mute Button was shortlisted for the 2015 East Sussex Children’s Book Award.
Reviews and Recommendations
‘I was on Skype with Ellie in school today and I really enjoyed it!’ – Katie, Ysgol Dyffryn Amman School
‘The staff and children loved having you in school and the buzz as you left was amazing. So many parents stopped me and asked questions. The children were full of their ideas and the parents were so impressed.’ – Emma Collis, Pirton Hill Primary
For The Record
‘A feel good family drama with plenty of humour and a great cast of crazy characters. Warm and touching, with lots of heart.’ The Bookseller.
‘A fun-filled read.’ National Geographic Kids.
Billie Templar’s War
‘Absolutely huge recommendation, a real must read; a complete gem of a book.’ The Bookbag
‘I thoroughly recommend this to anyone between eight and twelve. This is a very easy to read and enjoyable book, which is bang up to date in its themes.’ The Guardian
The Mute Button
‘Often downright hilarious and with moments of genuine pathos, this is a real class read.’ The Book Zone
‘It is both hilarious and moving and has emotional issues that children can relate to.’ The Guardian
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Ellie Irving, 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