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M.G Leonard
M.G Leonard

All About M.G Leonard

M.G Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling writer of books, poems and screenplays. She has a first-class honours degree in English Literature from the Open University and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. She works as a freelance Digital Media Producer for clients such as the National Theatre, and Harry Potter West End and previously worked as a Senior Digital Producer at the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe.

M.G Leonard’s real name is Maya Gabrielle, but her pen name is M.G Leonard as she promised her eldest son she would use his middle name as her pen surname. When you talk to her in person, call her Maya, but if you’re talking about her writing, call her M.G Leonard. Her stories are for young people, or people who are young at heart, who embrace nature and its wild, crazy majesty.

M.G’s School Visits

Broadly speaking, M.G’s events are most impactful for students in years 5 & 6, but the books are aimed at children from 7 to 12 – so her events mainly cater for KS2 and KS3.

Inspire pupils with…

BEETLE BOY/BEETLE QUEEN SCHOOL EVENT (Suitable for Years 3-8, ages 7-12)

M.G Leonard offers a slide show based event, lasting one hour (including Q&A). Suitable for assemblies or large groups, introducing students to the story of Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen, and the wonderful world of beetles. She will be brightly dressed, full of energy, an infectious enthusiasm for beetles, and come laden with cool scientific facts, taxidermy beetles and props. (No maximum group size. If you have a large hall and wish to invite other schools, please do.)

Event Rerquirements:

  • 1x Trestle table for displaying books and taxidermy beetles
  • 1x head mic where possible (and dependent on size and acoustics of event space)
  • Powerpoint facilities (we sent event PPT via WeTransfer in advance, and on the day bring the same file on a USB stick)


Combine it with…

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS (Suitable for Years 5-11, ages 9-18)

M.G Leonard offers a creative writing workshop (or series of workshops) devised to enable participants to discover the power of storytelling, cultivate research skills, challenge their own views, develop empathy, consider the impact of a story on the reader, and encourage all students to express themselves with words. Workshops are active, using theatre games and a variety of methods to develop a story, with focused quiet periods of writing. A series of workshops might include a session on story structure, developing character and a session on editing. A series of workshops would always be devised in consultation with the teacher. (Maximum group class size)


M.G Leonard’s Books

Beetle Boy

M.G Leonard’s debut novel was published in spring 2016 by Chicken House in the UK and Scholastic in the US, Canada and Australia. It has sold in thirty-seven territories, becoming a bestseller in the UK and the Netherlands and winning the Branford Boase Award for best debut children’s novel.


Beetle Queen

Beetle Queen, the second part of the trilogy, was published in April 2017 in the UK to critical acclaim.


Battle of the Beetles

Battle of the Beetles, the third part of the trilogy, will be published in spring 2018


Reviews and Recommendations

‘An original new voice in children’s literature. I predict beetle-mania’ – The Times

‘Even the most squeamish will be charmed’ – Publishers Weekly, starred review – *Top Twenty Children’s Tales of 2016*

‘Truly great storytelling’ – Michael Morpurgo


To make an enquiry about M.G, 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