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Margaret Bateson-Hill
Margaret Bateson-Hill

All About Margaret Bateson-Hill

Margaret Bateson-Hill is both an author and a storyteller. Having grown up in Blackpool, studied English and Drama at Hull University, she now lives in Brixton, South London, one of the crossroads of the world and an ideal place from which to journey into the world of story.

She has published both picture and fiction books. Her books have been translated into many languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Catalan, Korean and Polish.

Prizes and nominations include:

Masha and the Firebird – Winner of the English 4-11 Awards key stage 2 1999.
Chanda and the Mirror of Moonlight Runner up English 4-11 Awards key stage 2 2002.
Long listed Kate Greenaway Award 2003.
Shota and the Star Quilt NAPPA Gold Award USA 2001.
First Flight:  Book one of the Dragon Racer trilogy, nominated for The Brilliant Book Award 2009.

Margaret Bateson-Hill is a tutor for Dulwich Prep Young Writers Club and Chelsea Young Writers. As an active member of CWISL (Children’s Writers and Illustrators in South London) she is on the creative writing festival committee for ShoutSouth! and ShoutWest!

She has appeared at many festivals around the UK including Chester, Guildford, Bath, and Birmingham Young Readers Festivals.

As a storyteller she has worked in a variety of settings including the Victoria and Albert, the British Museum, the Foundling Museum, Apsley House and is one of the team of storytellers for the Horniman Museum.

Margaret’s School Visits

Margaret works with children from all the primary years, including nursery and also year 7 in secondary school.
She is very happy to do all-school assemblies in a primary school setting – usually an interactive folk tale to get the day off to a flying start.

She will devise a specific workshop for a school but the workshops mentioned below give a flavour of what she can offer.

Early Years and Reception
• Interactive story time with or without the book
• With follow up story and craft activities
Key stage 1 and 2
• Storytelling of book
• With follow up creative writing and/ or craft based on the Folk Tale series
Keystage 2 and 3
Workshop based on the Dragon Racer series including an author talk and creative writing.
• Discover your own secret self!
• Ever wanted to fly a racing dragon? Create your own dragon and tell the tale of the day you met.

“You really convinced us that if you take a closer look at things there just might be a dragon on your shoulder.” Holly, Year 6

Creative writing workshops
• Brainstorming ideas using the senses
• Plotting and planning
• Editing and revising.
Margaret’s sessions can be as long as you will give her! But generally the following are a good guide:
• 30-40 mins for Foundation Stage – (please don’t make these too short)
• 45-50 minutes for KS1
• 1 hour for KS2/3

She is happy to take part in longer projects – e.g. one day a week for half a term.

Margaret prefers to work with one class at a time, but realises this isn’t always possible. The larger the group the more it will become a presentation rather than a workshop.
‘I will always keep it interactive and there will always be follow up writing!’

Her aim for the day is for children to be inspired by ‘story’ and to grow in confidence in their own ability to write a story or make up a story.

For early years, reception and key stage 1
Mostly paper and pencil/pen. (If you decide to develop the craft activity then add materials such as glue, selotape, scissors, coloured paper, tissue and hopefully, glitter).
The craft for Masha and the Firebird needs styrofoam/papier-mâché eggs.

Keystage 2/3
PowerPoint, paper and pens.

Margaret’s Books

First Flight

Dragon Racer Trilogy

Book 1: First Flight

Legacy of fire

Book 2: Legacy of Fire

The Silver Flame

Book 3: The Silver Flame

“My 9 year old son got this from the library and couldn’t put it down (resulting in us removing his lightbulb at 11pm on a school night to stop him reading!!!).” Amazon reviewer

“I could not put the book down and soon finished it in three days! I read it every spare minute. I even read it in the car and was so in depth in reading it, did not suffer even a slight feeling of sickness.” Ben age 11

Review of Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain
“This is a beautiful Chinese Tale – new, yet somehow full of a sense of the traditions of ancient Chinese stories. It works across the curriculum: it reflects the culture of China; offers practical art activities; ideas for work on communication; thoughts about the danger of greed and most importantly a good story in both Chinese and English.” Wendy Cooling

Picture Books
Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day – a lift the flap, extended text of the popular rhyme

This Little Piggy Went To Market  –  a lift the flap, extended text of the popular rhyme

Both these books came out of my storytelling sessions with children.
The text initiates lots of Q and A – drawing on children’s own experiences, and initiates other rhymes, songs and games and follow up craft.

Leah’s Christmas Story –  a retelling of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of the innkeepers daughter. Books for Keep’s Review November 2008: Rosemary Stones included Leah in her choice of 10 of the best Christmas books.

To purchase Margaret’s books, click here.

Reviews and Recommendations

“Margaret inspires pupils to think differently, challenges them to write creatively and then supports them through the editing process to publication. She is the complete package. She operates on three levels at least! First she weaves a web of stories filled with stimulating images and vocabulary that the children love to explore and use. Then she inspires teachers because she is someone who understands the needs and demands of the classroom providing cross curricula ideas to support the development of her books through topics.” Head teacher, Battersea

“Just thought I’d say a huge thank you for the wonderful job you did with my year 6’s today – I have never seen them sitting so enthralled before – pure awe and wonder – what an amazing gift you possess.” Year 6 teacher Essex

After a ‘Skype’ visit
“Oh my goodness… That was absolutely amazing!  The children have left the hall so excited, not to mention the teachers who thoroughly enjoyed every minute! I can’t thank you enough. I cannot imagine teaching without being able to see the entire class, yet you kept every child captivated in a huge hall, with only a tiny camera to see through.” Teacher, Manchester Road Primary & Nursery School

“You made it so magical no one could take their eyes off you!” Sybilla year 6

“You read the stories as if they were true.” Abigail year 3

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Margaret Bateson-Hill, 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