All About Matt Whyman
Matt Whyman is a bestselling novelist also known for his collaborative work on books with film, television, sporting and YouTube stars. He is an established author of teen fiction, an inspirational speaker and dynamic host of creative writing workshops for all ages and abilities.
Matt’s most notable YA books include Boy Kills Man (shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Book Prize), The Savages (nominated for the Carnegie Medal) and Bad Apple, praised by the Daily Mail as ‘topical, thought-provoking and tremendous fun’.
Matt has also worked on a range of number one selling books alongside famous figures from Joe Sugg to Billy Connolly, Fred ‘First Dates’ Sirieix and even Pudsey the dancing dog from Britain’s Got Talent. He is the author of the companion guide to the 2019 TV adaptation of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, featuring interviews with David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jack Whitehall and many others.
Matt is also a popular agony uncle and author of several advice books for boys. He has written a long-standing monthly column for Bliss Magazine and served as resident agony uncle on BBC Radio 1’s live Sunday evening show, The Surgery. Matt is married with four children and lives in West Sussex.
Matt’s School Visits
Matt Whyman has extensive experience in visiting secondary schools in the UK and across the world. He is flexible in his approach to both subject and pupil numbers and will happily tailor sessions to fulfil a wider curriculum brief. He can offer assembly presentations, sessions with groups or individual classes, as well as creative writing workshops.
Matt is both frank and very funny about his struggles at school, his drift into casual work and passionate in his belief that a love of reading and writing saved him. He addresses everyone as writers, whatever they want to do in life and is a firm believer in the power of the written word to make things happen.
To encourage young writers to spread their wings, Matt also talks about setting stories in places the author has never visited, from a foreign country to another time or planet and discusses the associated problems and possibilities. He uses examples from his own work, often set in conflict zones that his wife refused to let him research first hand. He then explains how this led to invitations to talk about his books in regions of the world that required an armed guard…
A popular and acclaimed creative writing tutor, Matt’s aim is to inspire and enthuse participants of all abilities. In particular, he focuses on the skills required to turn an idea into a story that doesn’t run out of steam.
Working as a group, Matt will present an idea and encourage participants to strip it into basic story components. He’ll then lead everyone through the creative process to the moment they put pen to paper having first considered every aspect of the narrative ahead.
Half day workshops and longer will involve writing time and a constructive collective review, in which participants are encouraged to learn from each other’s experience. To guarantee that everyone gets the most from Matt, shorter sessions take the form of a fun, energetic conversation about strategies for developing ideas – with plenty of opportunity for questions.
Matt can offer workshops ranging from one hour, to a half or full day. He can work with groups of all sizes from year 7 upwards.
Boy Kills Man
The award-winning and critically-acclaimed novel about child assassins on the streets of Colombia, published in translation across the world and now released in a special tenth-anniversary edition.
“Bold, chilling and beautifully written.” Melvin Burgess
The Savages & American Savage
Two darkly comic tales about an ordinary hard-working family with traditional values and a unique taste in people. Find out what happens when the Savage’s teenage daughter starts dating an outspoken vegetarian, and follow the family’s exploits when they make a fresh start in Florida.
“Too good not to talk about and share.” The Guardian
A riotous dark comedy teeming with delightfully unacceptable behaviour.
Like all good law-abiding citizens, sixteen-year-old Maurice no longer considers going off the rails as just a teenage phase. It can only mean the mark of a troll . . .
But these trolls aren’t confined to causing trouble online: now they’re in our homes, on our streets and have ruined life as we know it. As a rule Maurice tries to avoid trouble – until the day he crosses paths with Wretch, a very bad apple indeed. And with tensions rising, can these two teens put their differences aside in order to survive?
Reviews and Recommendations
‘Matt made the experience all about the pupils and got them excited about creative writing; they are very much looking forward to continuing the work in class.’ Librarian, Webster’s High School
‘Our class really enjoyed Matt’s visit. After discussion, we think we were most impressed by his lack of self-importance.The pupils felt he was genuinely interested in developing their skills and helping them overcome their difficulties. We are now all fans.’ Class Teacher, Webster’s High School
‘Matt related well to the pupils and kept them interested. He made them think and work without them really realising it, as shown by the readiness with which they did as he asked.’ Class Teacher, Forfar Academy
“A great writer for teens – Matt Whyman treats his readers as adults and gives them a hell of a ride through the pages.” Birmingham Post
“A powerful and original voice” Publishing News
“Thank you for the workshop – the children loved it! A Year 6 student said it was the best day she had ever had at school to date! The children have taken home their writing to publish and then we’ll upload them onto our school website. I’ll email you the link once they have been done.” – Chloe Alder, Betty Layward Primary School
“WBD was a roaring success yesterday (although my costume was far too hot – need a re-think next year!). The students were buzzing after your visit. There was plenty of talk yesterday about the 12 steps and the Year 9s will get a chance to put this to practice with 1984! We have raised over two hundred pounds for library books and have had many requests for The Savages and Bad Apple; we will certainly be buying some copies. Staff and students alike have said that you were the best author to have visited.” – Lee Fisher, Havant Academy
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Matt Whyman, 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
Further information on Matt Whyman is available from his website: http://www.mattwhyman.com