All About Robin Price
‘World Book Day Recommended Read’ author Robin Price will help your pupils come up with their own historical tales, sci-fi stories, poems or graphic novels. Students will have fun and produce strong written work both during Robin’s visit.
Robin started writing novels in 2004 – having previously written songs and poetry. He co-wrote a musical version of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. This was a massive hit (because of Julia’s brilliant book and Tall Stories fab production). It toured the UK and ended up on Broadway – opposite The Lion King. After that, Robin co-wrote the Olivier nominated musical Room on the Broom, he got the confidence to move from writing songs into writing fiction. The Spartapuss series and the World Book Day recommended graphic novel – London Deep followed on from there.
Robin is the author of 14 books for that range from primary to lower secondary level, from Roobarb and Custard at reception to the acclaimed graphic novel series London Deep (a Recommended Read for World Book Day 2011 in the 9-12 year category.)
Her’s currently busy working on an animated TV adaptation of his Spartapuss series. In this clip we meet Spartapuss’s nemesis – the evil Caligula.
Robin’s School Visits
Robin has boiled down everything he has learned about getting children writing into a free A4 pdf for teachers.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the word ‘Tips’ in the subject line for Robin’s PDF – 7 Tips For Story Writing.
Robin is the founder of Creative Writing Club and offers fantastic workshops on the following themes:
The Big Bang – The Stone Age – The Romans – The Celts/ Iron Age – The Greeks – The Egyptians – The Anglo Saxons – The Vikings – The Normans – Medieval
The Mayans – King Arthur’s Knights – The Elizabethans – The Tudors – The Victorians – World Wars
Knights of Old – Mammoth adventure – Traditional tales
Animal characters – Roobarb and Custard
Great Fire of London
Around the world in 80 days
Or any one of the 40 writing themes for KS1 and KS2 on the Creative Writing Club website.
Poetry and songwriting
Robin is currently writing an epic poem about the 12 Labours of Hercules and a mini musical based on his Spartapuss books.
His Musical! workshops will get your pupil’s writing and performing their own songs – using his ‘keep it simple’ songwriting approach.
Animation and scripts
Robin is developing an animated version of Spartapuss – with King Bee Animation. Contact us about his scriptwriting workshop.
Robin was commissioned by the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust to get students writing poetry and verse inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.
His exciting series of workshops can be run as poetry or creative writing workshops aimed at all levels from Y2 – Y8 based on a number of popular Shakespeare texts.
Hamlet – Macbeth – Richard III – The Tempest – Romeo and Juliet
What are Robin’s events like?
Teachers sometimes say that some author events can go a bit flat after the initial excitement has died down, so Robin created a series of assemblies that are fun and very interactive. Imagine your pupils rebelling against the Romans, planning a Viking raid or acting out a Greek tragedy. Since 2006, Robin done over 200 sessions in schools, libraries and festivals around the UK.These workshops link in with the history curriculum. Robin’s whole school assemblies get rave reviews – for example children get to hunt mammoths using foam spears or escape from a Mayan temple.
What levels does Robin work with? Robin has written books for all ages from Y1 to Y9. So you can put together a day (or days) of assemblies and workshops that cater for all age groups.
For Y2 to Y8 – Robin’s assemblies link history with writing. Romans, Vikings, Celts, Anglo Saxons, Greeks, Egyptians and Shakespeare are all favourite topics for assemblies, followed by workshops.
For Y4 to Y9 – Graphic novels are a great hook for these students, (via his WBD recommended title London Deep, set in the future in a flooded world).
Reception and Y1 – Since marauding vikings and gladiators can be a bit scary for the younger children, Robin developed a fun show (and workshops) based on Roobarb & Custard and his 2008 book Count Milkula. (Roobarb was invented in the 1970’s by Grange Calvery, but he edited the TV scripts into a series of fun picture books for Mogzilla publishing).
History themed events – During the assembly and the workshops, your pupils will get involved in a range of activities: • Take part in fun activities and games. For example, they could re-enact a Roman battle or a Viking raid • ‘Battle’ against each other with a themed quiz • Work with a partner to imagine and write their own stories • Share their writing
Robin’s Sci-Fi/Manga writing workshops – These workshops tie in with his graphic novella/sci-fi adventure London Deep (set in the future in a flooded London). The book was chosen as an official Recommended Read for World Book Day 2011 and in April 2011 it featured on ITV1’s ‘Cool Stuff Collective’ where it was awarded 4 stars out of 5 by the 10 year old reviewer. London Deep is packed with cool artwork from Paul McGrory. Paul’s amazing manga-influenced drawings are very on-trend and can help to make writing more engaging for 10-14 year olds. Sometimes Robin will run a joint workshop with Paul, or he can come along with examples of the art on PowerPoint and concentrate on the story-development side.
London Deep explores themes about the environment and the relationships between kids and grown ups, which your pupils can develop further in their own stories. Alternatively they might like to write full on sci-fi epics featuring aliens, vampires, ghosts or weird creatures from their imaginations.
Will Robin work with SEN schools?
Robin loves working with ‘Special Needs’ children and he can adapt his workshops and talks for all stages of learners
What is the cost? – Robin’s sessions are affordable and he has been told that they represent good value. Please contact Trevor Wilson on 01535 656015 who handles his bookings or email email@example.com
Does Robin run any workshops about your graphic novels in conjunction with an artist? – Yes. If you want to work on your pupils’ artistic skills, please ask about his joint workshop with London Deep artist Rebecca Davey.
Robin’s Latest Book, London Deep, Robin’s sixth children’s book, was chosen as a ‘Recommended Read’ for World Book Day 2011 in the 9-12 category. This ‘ terrifically atmospheric, page-turning adventure told via words and comic art’ has also won an ‘Exclusively Independent’ Award and was chosen by school librarians as one of Manchester’s 24 recommended reads for 2010.
I Am Spartapuss
The first book in the series. Will Spartapuss survive gladiator training school?
Second in the series. Rome’s new Emperor is mad, bad and dangerous to stroke!
Third in the series. Spartapuss has always wanted to see his homeland – but not necessarily as part of an invasion!
The fouth book in the Spartapuss series. A cat-based retelling of the Boudican uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.