All About Louisa Reid
Louisa Reid is the author of Black Heart Blue (Penguin Children’s 2012) and of Lies Like Love, also from Penguin. When she isn’t writing, Louisa works as a part-time English teacher and is passionate about reading. She is currently teaching the AS Creative Writing course to KS4 students and loves inspiring and being inspired by young adults.
Black Heart Blue was the Sunday Times Book of the week and was long listed for the Branford Boase and Carnegie awards. She was also short listed for the North East teen book award.
Louisa’s School Visits
Louisa Reid is happy to tailor events to cater for individual school requirements, she can deliver presentations or workshops to small or larger groups of students and can work with years 8-13.
An interactive presentation to a whole year group, for instance, might last 50-60 minutes with time for Q&A. It will be introduced by a film style trailer (AV equipment needed) and might include topics such as:
• How she became a writer and the journey to publication.
• The double in fiction. Why is it such a fascinating device?
• How to build rounded characters and the importance of voice.
• The use of real life events as an impetus for writing.
• Villains in fiction and how to create a convincing antagonist.
• How important is the ending of a novel? Is it the hardest thing to get right?
Black Heart Blue and Lies Like Love are books which explore how it feels to be an outsider, about keeping secrets and the difference between appearance and reality. Using these themes as starting points, Louisa will read passages from her writing to engage and inspire the audience.
Sessions can again be flexible with timing but could last up to an hour. Using props and dramatic and interactive activities, Louisa will help students to write a short piece of fiction which focuses on the development of an original voice. The class may wish to work on a whole class project, which could then be developed and completed by teachers at a later stage into a larger collaborative work, or on individual pieces.
For example, the group might brainstorm a genre, plot, setting and characters and then work to produce individual chapters of a collaborative work. Alternatively, students might want to focus on monologues or prose poetry, short stories or non-fiction.
Reviews and Recommendations
Praise for Black Heart Blue:
“An emotive, sometimes shocking story.” The Sunday Times
“A remarkable book…part horror story, part mystery…utterly brilliant” Sarah Webb; Author
“Stunning, shocking, sad and incredibly touching. We are pretty sure you will read it in one sitting then want to share the book with someone else.” LoveReading
Praise for Lies Like Love:
“Louisa Reid creates vivid characters that drag you into their world by both hands, desperate to tell their stories. Both heart-breaking and full of bittersweet yearning, Lies Like Love demands to be read all at once, but will stay with you long after. Highly recommended!” Teri Terry, bestselling author of Slated trilogy
School Visit Feedback:
“Louisa has visited Hills Road on several occasions to talk to our upper and lower sixth students about writing a novel and getting the work published. She has proved a very popular speaker, as she is engaging, funny, and very honest. Her career as a teacher shows through clearly; her manner is both encouraging and accessible, with the ability to pitch her talk at exactly the right level, and a willingness to discuss students’ own questions and address their particular concerns. On a personal note, I always love it when Louisa comes in to give a talk; she makes me laugh and also manages to convince me that writing alongside a teaching career is not an impossible task. I would heartily recommend her as a visiting speaker.” Bridget Walsh: Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Louisa Reid 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