All About Julie Spivey
Julie Spivey was born in Maldon, Essex and was educated in Maldon. She did a Fashion Design Degree at St Martin’s School of Art in London and has also worked as a Youth worker in Sunderland, Cambridge and Ely until her first marriage. Julie has two children, Joseph and Megan who both feature in her book Kwidatz: The Chronicles of Jenna Whitehair.
Whilst struggling as a single mother Julie Spivey did her PGCE to teach Art in secondary schools and then changed to primary teaching when she moved to Ely, Cambs and has been teaching for 17 years.
Julie has taught in all year groups in key stage 2 and has worked as a supply teacher in all year groups.
In the books a lot of the emotional baggage that Jenna lugs around with her, the problems and crisis of confidence and faith that she has to overcome are ones that she shares, but of course she has so far managed to get through life without being hauled kicking and screaming into a parallel world; or fall in love with a man who can change into a massive flying beast!
As a single parent, bringing up my two children on a primary teachers wage, but, unlike she who shall remain nameless because she is so insanely jealous of her! She did a lot of her writing at the back of boring lectures during training days on numeracy, on the train to Norwich to visit son Joseph, or lying in the sun in a 5 foot square concrete backyard, never in a coffee bar!
Julie is now deliriously happily married to her school-days sweet heart, living in Tetbury and still trying to work out just how to end the 3rd book.
Julie’s School Visits
Sessions will be tailored to accommodate the specific needs of the group, using her knowledge of the current National Curriculum and the age related expected levels.
Julie Spivey has a wide range of strategies and approaches in order to stimulate and inspire children of all abilities and mind sets.
When teaching she draws on all areas of experience from Art/Fashion, to Drama, Music and Dance, you would be surprised as to how these can be used to “unleash” the creative juices in even the most resistant and unconfident children!
A typical day would be broken up into short fast paced sessions to begin with, giving the children plenty of opportunities to integrate and get to know each other and Julie herself; whilst addressing the learning that their teachers have requested.
Depending on how these sessions are going, Julie will either follow up in the afternoon with a more sustained piece of story writing, done either individually or in a partnership, or would continue with more open and unthreatening work done orally and as a group.
The main aim for the end of the day would be that each child goes away with a piece of writing that they are proud of, feel more confident about an area of writing that they had previously not and that they go home inspired to write for the sheer joy of it not because they have to!
Well, the books are semi- autobiographical and Julie was 45 years old when she started writing them Julie began composing the story in her head during early morning swims. Julie decided to write it all down when there was just too much to hold in her memory, never really intending anyone to read it. However, her two children, who are both heavily featured, especially in the second book, reminded her of frequent lectures on life and risk taking in order to achieve; so it was their fault really!
Reviews and Recommendations
‘Just to let you know that our workshop with Julie Spivey last Friday was fantastic and we have had lovely comments from the other schools that attended. Thank you.’ Cath – Mead Vale Primary
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Julie Spivey, 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