All About Kathryn Evans
Kathryn has been an actor, a waitress, a grocer’s assistant, a tomato picker, a celery cutter and a newspaper deliverer – she’s even scrubbed the decks of the Mary Rose (that’s not even a lie). Now she combines being an author with being a mum, running a strawberry farm, volunteering as co regional-advisor for for SCBWI, occasionally performing belly dance and fencing competitively. What she’s best at though, is not giving up.
Finally published by Usborne after fifteen years of trying, Kathryn’s debut novel More of Me was nominated for the 2017 Carnegie Medal, won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for UK and Ireland 2017 and the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award – the first YA novel ever to do so. She has a firm following of young readers, has been shortlisted for multiple regional awards and More of Me has been sold to territories world wide – including Poland, the USA, Germany, Korea, Russia, Hungary and Turkey.
Kathryn’s School Visits
Kathryn has talks suitable for years 7 and up:
Self Esteem and Social Media: Tying in with themes from Kathryn’s coming book Beauty Sleep, this new-for-2019 talk will take a humorous look at beauty standards through the ages and how our energies might be best targeted at things other than how we look. Aimed at boys as much as girls the talk lasts for 25-30 minutes but can be combined with a Q & A and reading for longer sessions. 25-30 minutes.
A Passion for Reading: A self-deprecating walk through Kathryn’s life with books. With a sprinkling of science, a look at Kathryn’s ridiculous wardrobe and a lot of good humour, this talk is designed to inspire the audience to pick up a book. 25-30 minutes
Resilience: Kathryn is the poster girl for tenacity. It took her more than 15 years to get published so she knows a thing or two about picking herself up and trying again. She’s also a belly dancer and is training hard to earn a place in the British veteran fencing squad (yes, really!) If you want a talk about grit, determination and resilience – this is it! 25-30 minutes
Resilience and Reading: A longer talk combining A Passion for Reading and Resilience- what it takes to succeed and how reading helps with whatever you choose to do. 40-60 minutes
Creativity: This dynamic short talk explores what creativity is, why it matters across the curriculum and how you can develop it. A small amount of preparation and tidying up is required but it’s a lot of fun and guaranteed to engage the audience. This talk can be combined with any of the talks above for a longer session. 15 -20 minutes
All talks can be followed by a reading and Q& A so can be completely flexible in terms of time – from 25 minutes to an hour.
More of Me
Teva’s life seems normal: school, friends, boyfriend. But at home she hides an impossible secret. Eleven other Tevas.
Because once a year, Teva separates into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, in the same house… watching the new Teva live the life that she’d been living. But as her seventeenth birthday rolls around, Teva is determined not to let it happen again. She’s going to fight for her future. Even if that means fighting herself.
Beauty Sleep – released April 2019
Laura is dying. Her last desperate hope is to be frozen until she can be cured. But what happens when you wake up one day and the world has moved on forty years? Your best friend is middle-aged, your parents are presumed dead. Could you find a place to belong? Could you build a new life, while solving the mystery of what happened to the old one?
Dark secrets lurk in the future of the girl from the past…
Recommendations & Reviews
“The Passion for Reading talk set a fantastic tone for our World Book Day of Events and the workshops were lively and engaging – highly recommended –Anne Underwood, Librarian, Northwood School.
“Flexible, funny and interesting, Kathryn is a great speaker who knows how to interact with her audience.” – Kate Angus, Chichester High School.
“Young adults can sometimes prove to be hard to engage and yet they were listening and laughing consistently throughout.” – Will Bowerman, Southdowns College.
“What is happening? Am I actually choosing to read a book over playing the guitar or watching something on Netflix? Your book brought me back to actually wanting to read. I cannot thank you enough, your book was amazing.” – HF Age 15
“Kathryn is very easy to work with and has an excellent way of interacting with children and young people. The children were completely engaged and the talk was relevant to their age and interest.” – Kerry Brookes West Sussex Libraries.
“I was grateful you were flexible enough to start a bit early. Our Year 9 boys were fully engaged in what you had to say, because of your use of humour and excellent IT.” – Susan Mulkern, Chichester Boy’s High School
“I just wanted to drop you a line to say how absolutely fantastic Kathryn was today. She delivered two workshops and two whole-year group presentations and her energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Kathryn helped our year 10s understand how to develop believable characters and year 13 were treated to a workshop on ideas, plots and structure. I particularly enjoyed the presentations she did with our year 7 and 8 students on resilience and reading. It was perfect for our theme for book week and everything a librarian likes to hear (the importance of reading, using the library etc….).
I would not hesitate to recommend Kathryn to any school who wants to be entertained and inspired. She is such a lovely, warm person it was a delight to have her here today.” –Librarian, Tor Bridge High
“We were so pleased with Kathryn. It was absolutely incredible that she had the commitment to brave the snow, which at that point was not just a threat but a clear and present danger. She stomped in, arriving early, and gave a us wonderful morning. I’m not sure if she mentioned it, but due to the uncertainty we had with staffing and who could teach what, we asked Kathryn if we could throw the whole school into her first session, which she accepted head on. It was a five star experience, as well as a great example of the resilience she discussed in her talk.
Having hosted Kathryn Evans at our school during the Worst the Beast from the East had to offer, it seems fair to say that nothing seems to stop this author from giving pupils a first-rate experience.
We really enjoyed hosting her and certainly hope to get her back sometime.” – Librarian at Dean Close School
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Kathryn, 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