UK and International School Specialists
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Over 800 International Schools in more than 65 countries.

All About

I live on a small farm in Devon and my children are now grown up, but I’ve done a lot of standing in playgrounds in my time! Ten years ago I was a teaching assistant in a primary school, so understand the joys and challenges of engaging young imaginations. I was always looking for a particular book to inspire children: one that was simultaneously happy, sad, scary and funny, full of vibrant words and hard to put down, maybe even one that an adult might like to read with them… then one day I picked up a pen, opened a notebook and created my own.

 

My series about Knitbone Pepper, the lovable ghost dog, have been translated into eight different languages across the world. It would seem that pets are a universal theme!  In 2017 the first book in the series was shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Fiction award and won the Book Factor, an award voted for exclusively by children. In the same year I was thrilled to be was nominated by Devon Librarians for the prestigious Ruth Rendell Award, for the author who has done the most to champion literacy.

 

Author Presentation

I begin with lots of pictures and funny stories about my animals and how living in the countryside, surrounded by the natural world, inspires me to write. I talk about famous pets and ask the children about theirs. (Pets are tremendous levellers.)  I tell the children all about the Knitbone stories – how they came about,  with readings and accompanying pictures. The Peppers in Knitbone series are hat-mad so I bring along a jam-packed suitcase with lots of different examples for the children to identify. There is always plenty of time for questions and I give away postcards for the best ones. Needless to say this creates a lot of engagement, most significantly from children who may not usually take part.

Length -45 minutes

Numbers – Happy for it to be whole school

Requirements: Powerpoint facilities, waist high table, water

 

 

Workshop – Beloved Imaginarium.

Together the children and I create a character on the board using a series of questions. (15 mins) The aim is to stretch their imaginations like an elastic band, to make language work hard for them. Then the children fly solo, using a pre-prepared worksheet to create a character profile. (15 minutes) When this is complete I will talk to the children about the three critical elements of a good story: character, plot and language, using juggling balls to explain ( 10 minutes)  Time allowing I shall do another reading  and answer any more questions.

Length -50 minutes approx

Numbers – up to 30 with appropriate teaching support

Requirements: Flip chart, pens, chair, table.

Sample timetable

9:00 -9:45 –whole school presentation

10 – 10:50 – workshop

11:05 – 11:55 – workshop

1:30 – 2:30 – workshop

3:00 pm signing session

 

The Books: Knitbone Pepper

 Meet Knitbone Pepper, the dead special ghost dog haunting Starcross Hall.

Knitbone has a problem. His beloved owner Winnie and her bonkers parents may be forced to move and leave Knitbone behind. Can the Spirits of Starcross, a gigglesome gang of ghostly animals, help Winnie save her home?

Illustrated by the multi-award winning Ross Collins and published by Usborne

  • Winner of The Book Factor 2017
  • Runner up in the Sainsbury’s Fiction Prize 2017
  • Shortlisted for the Fantastic Book Awards 2017
  • Featured in Ten of the Best Children’s Utopias in Books for Keeps magazine

 

Book One – Knitbone Pepper: Best Friends Forever

‘Knitbone has made lots of new animal friends since becoming a ghost dog. But his owner, Winnie, is missing him. Can the ghostly gang come up with a plan in time to help Winnie see Knitbone again?’

 

Book Two – Knitbone Pepper: The Last Circus Tiger

‘Roll Up! Roll Up! The circus is coming, and Winnie and her ghostly animal friends can’t wait. The magicians, acrobats and clowns are such fun! But Knitbone sniffs something beastly in the big top….’

Book Three – Knitbone Pepper:A Horse Called Moon

‘One starry night, Knitbone and his friends find a ghost horse hiding in the garden. Her name is Moon and she is searching for her long lost owner. But Moon has a spooky secret which is sure to spell trouble.’

 

Reviews for Kntibone Pepper

  • “Highly recommended…an irresistible series.” Daily Express 
  • “Full of hilarity, warmth and undefeated love” MG Strikes Back
  • “A brilliantly conceived and warm-hearted series” Lancashire Evening Post
  • “Funny and tender” The Metro
  • “Perfect for enjoying as a great read aloud with a class, this is also a book that could be used for inspiring writing.  Sue Wilsher, School Librarian

·         “Knitbone Pepper is a fab spooky read, one of our top picks” Mumsnet Books

·         “Heaven in a book for young animal fans.” LoveReading4Kids

·         “The skill, charm and animal instinct to rival Dick King-Smith…great class reading material, a great bedtime book and an all round winner”  Sunshine Books

  • “There is no doubt that one day these books will be looked on as classics.” Bookseller Bob Stone

 

To Make A Booking

To make an enquiry about Claire Barker, 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 trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

In our generation, sports betting is common. All over the earth, you may raise money on sport not being into it. Why is it so widespread? Most of all, people are in a position to go on the spree. Likewise, they also ring a register in such a manner. It is a perfect opportunity for people taking an interest in sport to use their knowledge. In such a way, there are some people who do it professionally. It is an open secret that it is not only about the luck. Further still, there are handicappers who are ready to help you with sports betting. It is self-understood that it is not gratuitous.

Whereby to earn a livelihood?

There is no doubt that in cases when you would like to start making bets, you are to get to know something about it. We would like to help you and to suggest you some approaches.

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    Rob Bradley is a poetic rapper and storytelling songwriter. He has performed around the world, from basement clubs in New York to festivals throughout Europe, and collaborated with international artists and songwriters along the way. He’s built a solid fan-base and reputation as an astute lyricist, captivating storyteller and unrivalled improviser, in fact he’s a freestyle rap world champion.

    Rob grew up writing poetry from the age of 8. When he was 12 he raided his brothers CD collection and came across various rap CDs. From that moment, he was hooked. Influenced by The Fugees, 2pac and The Notorious BIG, Rob got to writing his own raps and perfecting his delivery and flow. As he grew into adulthood he learned how to use his new skills to tell his own stories and create a style of rap music that uses honesty, emotion and storytelling to convey positive and progressive messages.

    Under the name Jack Flash, Rob carved a named for himself in the UK rap scene and beyond releasing 3 independent albums to critical acclaim as well as collaborating on a live band project, Extra Curricular. Now, going by his own name, Rob Bradley, he uses his rap skills to help young people find and develop their voice and have fun exploring a culture and genre which Rob has been transfixed by his whole life.

    Have a watch of his TED talk where he explains why it is so important for us to be honest and find a way to tell our own story.

    Youtube video link for TED talk

     

    Rob’s school visits

    In his visits, Rob performs an interactive freestyle rap where he asks the students for random words and objects and then builds them into an improvised rap. He then teaches the students the cornerstones or rap and explores rhyme, rhythm and poetic devices. He then helps the students devise ideas for the content of a rap and then builds on these ideas to help the students write their own raps. Depending on length of the session and the age of the students, this may be a group writing session or raps written by individuals.

    Rob works with any students from Key Stage 2 – Key Stage 5.

    For KS2 -3 the sessions focus more on the basics of rhyme, rhythm and performance. This usually culminates in a light hearted group rhyme that can be rehearsed and performed at the end of the session.

    For KS 4 – 5 the sessions still cover the basics of rhyme, rhythm and performance but also explore more poetic devices used in rap and discuss concepts and meaning of lyrics further. This either culminates in a well considered group writing or pieces written by individual students.

    Sessions can also be tailored to include;
    Literacy objectives (e.g. teaching poetic devices)
    Off curriculum days
    Rhythm
    Cultural awareness
    Diversity and racial harmony
    Target groups (e.g. NEET, Gifted & Talented)
    Poetic comparison (links between rap & Shakespeare)
    Performance and confidence building
    The sessions can either be delivered as half a day per class (2 classes a day) or 1 hour per class (4 classes a day).
    Rob can accommodate anything from small groups of students (5+) to large classes (up to 30).

     

     

     

     

    In order for Rob to deliver an effective session the following options should be made available:

    Option 1 (Preferred)
    A smart board and speakers connected to a computer with capabilities to play MP3s and MP4 videos
    Pens and paper for the students
    A classroom / hall area

    Option 2
    A projector with capabilities for connection to a MacBook pro
    Speakers with capabilities for connection to a MacBook pro
    A white board / Flip chart big enough for a full class to see from the front of the classroom
    Pens and paper for the students
    A classroom / hall area

    Recommendations and Reviews

    “Rob had the children spellbound with his rhymes and captivating performance. Our children have been rhyming, rapping and writing ever since. Rhyme and Shine is electric!”
    Mr Andrew Daniels, Assistant Headteacher
    Marner Primary School.
    “Rob was really engaging with the pupils. The students commented on how much they enjoyed the session and how their new skills helped them understand more about the role of a performer. We will definitely hire Rob again for similar workshops in the future.
    Bea Wardlaw, Subject Leader for Music & Dance
    Richmond Park Academy, London

    To Make A Booking

    To make an enquiry about Rob, 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 trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

    Becoming an author wasn’t my first choice of vocation. My childhood ambition was to become the “Chief Taster” at the Walkers crisp factory, however, I think my waistline benefited from that childhood dream not becoming a reality!  After leaving University I became a corporate event organiser. A career which saw me set up my own company and enjoy great success for fourteen years.

    I fell into the world of dinosaurs just seven years ago, whilst stepping out of the corporate world and dipping my toes into the realms of public exhibitions. Until that point the word dinosaur had barely crossed my lips, but now I just can’t get enough! Dinosaurs are amazing imagination-engines, igniting a love for learning about the greatest creatures ever to walk on Earth.

    Spreading dinosaur-joy is now my full-time vocation and I love it! It was a big decision to leave my successful event career, but now I’ve made the big leap to become an author, I’m happier than ever.

    Nicky’s school visits

    I am a London based children’s author who is very willing to travel and loves nothing more than visiting a classroom full of children and talking-dinosaur!

    The outline lesson plan is to start with a roar, handle some very impressive fossils, check out the dinosaur in the eight books that I have written so far, find out who would have liked to have lived at the same time as the dinosaurs (a braver soul than me!) why dinosaurs are so special and where they’ve all gone.  I also read an excerpt from my newest book entitled ‘The Bone Wars’.   A great non-fiction adventure story about the battle to become the most famous dinosaur hunter in the world.  A true tale, crammed full of sneaky tactics, spying, guns, TNT and dinosaurs!

    With questions at the end we can easily fill 45 mins per session. I am happy to do up to five classes per visit, ideally with a 15-minute break in between each and a break for lunch. I’m also, happy to do a 15-minute talk during Assembly about how I fell into the world of dinosaurs, which can include some photos of the first exhibition I created seven years ago, if you have a projector in the hall.

    I talk to multiple years from Year 1 up to Year 4, adapting the class to the age group. It doesn’t matter if the children have previous dinosaur knowledge, everyone has a little and we can build on that. I sometimes add in a section about how I became an author for the older children, why authors have pseudonyms – JK Rowling, The Bronte Sisters, Agatha Christie, Michael Crichton and me! I also like to talk about the extinction theories – where have they all gone and about the descendants of the dinosaurs, which are still alive today. So many options, and I am very happy to adapt.
    Ideal class size is 20 – 30, although I can work with up to 40 if you’d like to amalgamate classes, so that we can accommodate as many children as we can.

    If possible, I’d like the use of a screen and projector for each class and a parking space within the school grounds, as I travel with a boot full of books and fossils.

     

     

    Above, Nicky with consultant palaeontologist, Dean R. Lomax at the launch of The Bone Wars in May 2017.

    The Books

    With nine titles in the ‘What’s so Special about…?’ series of dinosaur books for children, the series has an established following in the UK and has recently been taken on by IPG’s Trafalgar Square Publishing to be sold in the USA and Canada. With the help of a newly appointed Foreign Rights Agent, we are now looking at selling the Foreign Rights to the books in other parts of the world. The plan is to add five new books to the series each year, four concentrating on individual dinosaurs and one of the Special Books, which will tackle some of the broader dinosaur related topics.

    With a unique ‘one book, one dinosaur’ approach, backed by the latest paleontological research and having been checked and verified by consultant palaeontologist Dean R. Lomax, you’ll find new insights into how dinosaurs really looked, lived, survived and thrived, bringing children’s knowledge right up to date. The bite size chunks of text are written in child-friendly language and the dinosaur names are spelt out phonetically, which is a great help to children, parents and teachers!

    Bright, colourful and highly collectable.

    ‘The Bone Wars’

    ‘THE BONE WARS’ is the first of the Special Books in the series, and tells the true story of the battle to be the most famous dinosaur hunter in the world. It’s based on fact, but reads like an adventure novel, and is illustrated throughout with pen and ink sketches, helping to exemplify the facts in the minds of young readers. If you like books about sneaky tactics, spying and bad behaviour, you’ll love this adventure story, crammed full of guns, trains, Native Americans, explosives and DINOSAURS!

    The individual dinosaur books

    One of the main inspirations behind the dinosaur series is to celebrate the well-known, as well as introducing children (and adults) to many of the dinosaurs that are little-known, largely because they haven’t been given a starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster.

    Here are the book jackets for the first nine books in the ‘What’s so Special about Dinosuars?’ series

    Coelophysis

    Super-fast, light carnivore.

     

    Tyrannosaurus Rex

    ‘The King of the Dinosaurs’

     

    Triceratops

    Last and largest of the horned dinosaurs.

     

    Leaellynasaura

    Tiny polar herbivore from Australia.

     

    Megalosaurus

    The first dinosaur to be named.

     

    Ankylosaurus

    The walking tank.

     

    Stegosaurus

    Plated, spiky herbivore.

     

    Diplodocus

    Long-necked, whip-tailed giant.

    Reviews and Testimonials From Visited Schools and Festivals

    ‘Thank you so much for such a wonderful day today. The feedback from both staff and students was fantastic – everyone thought it was such a terrific day. We really do appreciate that you gave up your whole day for us.’

     World Book Day 2017 at Oliver House Junior School

     

    ‘Thanks again for a great day on Tuesday. The children were talking about it again today!’

    Marchwood Junior School

     

    ‘The girls adored your visit today. They are so full of the excitement of the little ‘Leaellyn’’ dinosaur!! Thank you very much for all your time and effort.’

    Kent College (my old boarding school)

     

    ‘We have decided to hold another book festival in 2018 over the weekend of October 6/7. Would you be able to come again?  Your sessions were such a success this year!’

    ‘Cuckfest’ Literary Festival 2017

     

    ‘Thank you for today. Your visit was much appreciated.  We had a lovely time and look forward to your return visit in June.’

    American Academy, Larnaca, Cyprus

     

    ‘Thank you so much for coming to the Lewes Fossil Festival and giving your great talks this morning…’

    Lewes Fossil Festival

     

    ‘Thank you so much for coming in again. We all really enjoyed it!’

    Kensington Prep School

     

    ‘Thank you so much for today, every single child thoroughly enjoyed your visit!’

    Silverline Junior School, Limassol, Cyprus

     

    ‘You were absolutely wonderful.  We all appreciated it immensely.  Happy and enthused little people.  Thank you for being so flexible and accommodating about arrangements too.’

     Wix Junior School

     

    ‘The teachers said it was a great day, thanks so much for coming.’

      Portway Junior School

     

    To Make a Booking

    To make an enquiry about Nicky Dee, 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 trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

    Adam is a writer, storyteller and theatre-maker. He has been leading workshops – independently and with organisations such as First Story, Arvon, Harrogate Theatre and Opera North – for the last seven years.

    Adam’s ghost stories theatre show The Book of Darkness & Light embarked upon two national tours to over 50 venues in 2016 and 2017.
    His play Shivers was co-produced with Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty. After premiering at Square Chapel and a short run at Harrogate Theatre, the show will tour nationally in autumn 2018.

    In 2015-16, Adam’s short film The Split played at several international film festivals including the London Short Film Festival, the Cambridge Film Festival and Berlin’s British Shorts festival. The film was directed by Ed Rigg (Confection, Passenger) and starred Edward Hogg (Taboo, Indian Summers).

    In 2013, Adam co-wrote and co-directed a short comedy film, supported by Roundhouse, London. Go On, My Son was viewed more than 20,000 times in its first week of release online.

    Adam’s play Conscientious toured nationally in 2014. Directed by Alex Chisholm (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Freedom Studios) and performed by Rachel Ashwanden (Wrens, Poets’ Corner) the play told the parallel stories of a bullied office worker and a First World War conscientious objector.
    Adam was the co-writer of Seaside Terror by Odd Doll Puppet Theatre, which toured in autumn 2017. Adam is one of the writers on Common Chorus Theatre’s A Wind of Change, a community theatre project which will be performed in Meanwood, Leeds, in February 2017.
    Adam is currently working with Fringe First award winner Dick Bonham on a new storytelling show This Storm is What We Call Progress, which will tour in Spring 2019. He is also currently working with author Andrea Heaton on a new piece of theatre called Smile Club.

    Adam’s School Visits

    Adam’s workshops are fun, engaging and inclusive. He always begins by tackling the tricky business of starting a piece of writing. How do we begin a piece of writing? Where do we get the inspiration from? How can we avoid staring at a blank piece of paper? Adam uses the first part of the session to banish the idea of Writer’s Block.

    Adam then moves into a series of writing tasks and exercises which cover areas such writing from any stimulus (a photo, an object, an extract of writing); creating exciting stories (with tension, character intention and drama); writing from experience (using memory and emotion to create wonderful stories and poems); showing and not telling (using ‘symptoms’ and creative descriptions); avoiding cliche (by creating fresh, original images) and redrafting (through a series of tailored steps and tips).

    A key element of Adam’s workshops is feedback: each and every student gets the opportunity to read their work and have individual and specific feedback from Adam. In this way, students’ confidence is boosted immensely and they begin to see the benefit of trying ideas and sharing them with their peers.  By the end of Adam’s workshops, most participants are desperate to share their work!

    Adam is always happy to chat to people about his own work – offering advice on ‘ways in’ to writing. He’s happy to sign books and answer questions from students and teachers alike.

    Timings for workshops and how many are offered in a full day.

    Adam is flexible and recognises that each school has different timetabling requirements.  It is Adam’s preference and suggestion where possible to allow for 90 minutes minimum as the amount of depth and detail this time allows for leads to markedly better work from the writers. However to fit with a school’s timetable Adam and happily run hour long workshops.

    With regards to the amount of workshops per day Adam is happy to do as many as your school can fit into a school day, whether this is two long sessions, a day-long session or four or five 1 hour sessions if this is preferable to the school.

    Ghost story workshops

    Fancy something a little… spookier? Want to give your students the chance to pen their own ghostly tales? Want to add an extra dimension to their study of the Gothic? These workshops are perfect. Adam guides students through a series of exercises which focus specifically on writing ghost stories. Drawing on the greats of the genre (From Robert Louis Stevenson to Susan Hill), the workshops cover creating atmosphere, backstory, unsettling settings, plot, character and descriptive language.

     

    Books

    The Book of Darkness & Light

    Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night. Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light. Three ghostly stories to delight and horrify await the curious. But be warned, once the pages of the book have been opened… anything could happen.

    “…three spine-tingling tales of ghostly madness.” The Culture Vulture

     

    Recommendations & Reviews

    Press for The Book of Darkness & Light

    “The music heightens the suspense in the room as Robinson draws the audience into his narrative web.”
    StageTalk Magazine

    “Truly remarkable… stunningly scary… unmissable.”
    Great British Ghosts

    “The tale transfixed both me and the rest of the audience as we sat enthralled.”
    The Culture Vulture

    Workshop testimonials:

    “Adam has run a number of workshops for us at Trinity over the past few years. Most recently he ran some fabulously successful workshops for our GCSE students on improving their creative writing, for the writing section of their English exam. The students found these incredibly interesting and useful for their course and we saw an improvement in our writing results this summer. A huge thanks to Adam for this.”
    – Nick Egan, Trinity Academy, Halifax.

    “Adam’s workshop was both motivating and inspiring for students of various abilities. As well as capturing their imaginations, his exercises were a great confidence builder for students whose natural tendency is to suppose they’re not very good at being creative. Adam nurtured the classes to produce excellent pieces of writing.”
    – Laura Price, Thornhill Community Academy, Dewsbury

    “Adam’s workshops on creative writing have inspired both staff and students. His sessions are inspiring and engaging for all.”
    – Hannah Dolan, Head of Drama, Ralph Thoresby High School

    “Adam found a way to engage every young person in our group to give them a fascination with words and their combined meanings. He made the path for writing new work clear and many were inspired to carry on their writing at home to continue crafting the ideas that had been unlocked.”
    – Freya Wynn-Jones, Opera North

    “A real boost to students’ confidence. Everyone is fully engaged and the myth that is writer’s block is well and truly dispelled! A truly memorable day for both students and staff alike. Gives everyone a chance to unleash their inner writer.” 
    – Lin Devine, Trinity Academy, Halifax

    “I would 100% recommend it to other students. The best thing is that you have fun whilst actually learning. It was a dream come true.”
    – Year 9 student, Trinity Academy, Halifax

    “The workshop made me look into different ways of thinking imaginatively when writing about a range of things. I feel this will really help me in writing. I really enjoyed this workshop and would take part in it again if I had the chance.”
    – Year 10 student, The Mirfield Free Grammar & Sixth Form

    “I have gained so many new teaching ideas I can use across all key stages. It has rekindled my love of creative teaching practices.”
    – Teacher who attended Adam’s co-tutored Arvon course

    “It has given me lots of ideas for activities and exercises – in my lessons, intervention sessions and creative writing club. However, it has also re-inspired me!”
    – Teacher who attended Adam’s co-tutored Arvon course

    “It has given me fresh, innovative ideas to induce creativity in students as well as encouragement for them to produce wonderful poetry and prose. The balance between group work, independent writing time and workshops (including 1 to 1) was great – the students responded so well and have produced beautiful pieces of writing! I personally thought the tutoring and workshops were outstanding and feel I have learnt so much.”
    – Teacher who attended Adam’s co-tutored Arvon course

     

    To Make A Booking

    To make an enquiry about Adam Robinson, 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 trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

    Nik Perring is a prize winning short story writer and the author of five books for both children and adults. His work’s been performed on stage, read on radio, and been used, along with Dave Eggars’ on a high school creative writing course in the US.

    He’s been teaching writing, in all its forms, for over a decade, working with people aged four to eighty-four. He’s worked extensively in primary schools and high schools, as well as libraries, colleges, universities, and the BBC.

    Nik’s as happy working with large groups as small ones and is happy to tailor his visits and sessions to your specific needs or topics. Most importantly, Nik’s real passion is showing that everyone is able to tell a story or write a poem and that, often, it’s much easier than you might think. And that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard.

    Nik’s Books

    I Met a Roman Last Night, What Did You Do? (EPS, 2006)

    Jack doesn’t like going to bed, nothing exciting could possibly happen once you’re in bed could it? Maybe it could, because whenever Jack goes to sleep something extraordinary happens, he travels back in time! He meets Vikings and Anglo Saxons, helps to write the Doomsday book and much more.

    This is a good book for juniors. It’s written in plain, honest prose and there’s a clear framework to all the chapters. My son, 8, liked the fact that he knew some of the historical detail covered in the stories, but not all of it, so it reinforced what he’d learned whilst teaching him a bit more. He was quite disappointed when we came to the end because he’d enjoyed the adventures so much and he wanted them to go on and on!”

     

    Not So Perfect (RoastBooks, 2010)

    22 short short stories; 22 not so perfect lives, where bird watchers come out at night, couples perform love surgery, and a woman is throwing up animals.

    The extraordinary is everywhere, but an unsettling familiarity pervades.

    Nik Perring’s brilliant debut collection demonstrates the underestimated powers of brevity. Intricately crafted and filled with dark humour, his 22 stories examine the conundrums and contradictions of human relationships, and ask us what it is to be human at all.

     

    Freaks! (TFP/HarperCollins, 2012)

    The weirdest stories you will ever read.

    A bizarre collection of short stories, each featuring a character with an unusual superpower.

    Meet The Photocopier, a woman who can reproduce herself at will and who attempts to teach her daughter to do the same.

    Or the zombie hairdresser who is able to reanimate every time she dies.

    And the man who can break his way into his lover’s dream.

    Over fifty freaks and misfits feature in this unforgettable book, and each is illustrated by comic book artist Darren Craske.

     

    Beautiful Words: Some Meanings and Some Fictions Too (RoastBooks, 2014)

    Combining brevity with an overarching narrative, Nik Perring’s unusual storytelling is touching and captivating. His Beautiful series follows the lives of Lucy, Lily, and Alexander through their words, trees and shapes.

    In the first of the series, Beautiful Words, fact and fiction interplay within the context of their three lives.

    Accompanied by rich, playful illustrations from Miranda Sofroniou, these 26 story-gems invite us into Alexander’s world, telling us of his love, his loss and some of his favourite words too.

     

    A Book Of Beautiful Trees (RoastBooks, 2015)

    Combining brevity with an overarching narrative, Nik Perring’s unusual storytelling is touching and captivating. His Beautiful series follow the lives of Lucy, Lily, and Alexander through words, trees and shapes.

    In the second edition of the series, Beautiful Trees, the narrative continues to unravel amidst the branches of some of our greatest trees, brought to life by the rich and playful illustrations of Miranda Sofroniou.

     

    Reviews from children and parents

    ‘Nik is a wonderful, mind opening mentor whose guidance is very interesting, alternative and really gets you thinking and considering routes and concepts you’ve never even thought about before when writing. A very open and friendly figure and a great role model for a young writer’. – Saffron, 16

     

    ‘Really enjoyed the course! Made me want to be a writer when I grow up.’ – Aayah, 10.

     

    ‘I thought it was lots of fun and now I’m going to use the Story Booklet to write at home.’ – anon

     

    ‘Excellent workshop! Instructor great bonding with the kids.’ – parent.

    It was fun. I think it is great opportunity for people to learn about story writing. I gained skills in how to write a short story and to round it all off in short period of time, to bring it to a closure which I wasn’t previously able to do myself.’

    Mahad, 9 years old

     

    ‘Very good course, gave my kid confidence and useful guidance that would help him for a long time along the way.’

    Mubbasher Khanzada – Parent

     

    ‘I’ve only observed from a distance but I’ve seen Nik be encouraging, positive, engaging. I’ve seen my children grow in confidence and imagination.’ – parent.

     

    ‘Engaging young kids with Shakespeare is a skill. You got my 8 year old writing = SUCCESS!’ – Petra.

     

    ‘Thank you for a great workshop. really thought provoking book and such important messages for all children….and a fair few grown-ups!’ Jo Stavert-Dobson

     

    To make an enquiry about Nik, 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 trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

    Poetricks is a duo made up of Terry Caffrey and Andy Winters.

    Terry Caffrey

     

    Andy Winters

    Cairo Chaos

    Andy Winters and Terry Caffrey perform their original interactive creation, ‘Cairo Chaos’ a poetry and magic extravaganza telling tales of Ancient Eygpt.

    Children can gain a Discover Arts Award during this workshop.

     

    Our Tommy’s War

    Our Tommys War is a vibrant, interactive, new and original WW1 performance and workshop that engages young people in wanting to learn more about the lives and experiences of everyday people in extraordinary circumstances during the ravages in WW1.

    Our Tommy’s War was created by Andy and Terry. This dynamic team have worked together many times in schools, youth offending teams and  community settings plus both national and international performances in their own right.

    Tommy’s ‘journey’ through WW1 is narrated through poetry, rhyme and songs and brought to life through magic in interactive performances from nationally acclaimed magician Andy Winters and poet Terry Caffrey.

    Students will also take part in creative writing, poetry or art alongside the workshops and gain a Discover Arts Award www.artsaward.org.uk Pupils could also find out who ‘Tommy’ was in their area and tell us all about them on the day. P.S Tommy is the name given to a Private
    solider in WW1.

     

    To Make a Booking

    To make an enquiry about Poetricks, 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 trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk