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All About Simon Nicholson
Simon writes books and television for children. His most recent books include his Young Houdini series, published by OUP – thrilling mystery-adventure about the young Harry Houdini for 8-12 year olds. The first Young Houdini book, The Magician’s Fire, was chosen as one of the recommended reads for the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge. Other books include The Oldmoor Orphans (Tick Tock).
Simon’s screen writing has been broadcast all over the world. His credits including Tracy Beaker, Timmy Time, Girls In Love and many others. He was a member of the core writing team behind Bob The Builder and was Lead Writer and Story Editor for Waybuloo, the BBC’s landmark pre-school programme. His first script, Wargame(adapted from the Michael Foreman book) won the British Animation Award and his work for children’s television has been nominated for BAFTA and RTS Awards.
Simon’s School Visits
Simon has run workshops on creative writing with primary school (KS1 and KS2) children for many years. Recently, he has also worked with secondary school students.
On a day visit, Simon often talks to the whole school in a morning assembly setting, introducing himself and his books with a short talk – he then goes on to spend the day working with individual or combined classes for sessions of an hour or so. He reads from his books, talks about being a writer and – most importantly – leads practical activities helping children write their own stories. For KS1 and reception, he bases the sessions on the professional storylining meetings he runs and attends for the TV shows he writes – he gets the children to devise and develop their own stories through a variety of structured activities. For KS2 he uses his Young Houdini books as a starting point – explaining how he developed his books and encouraging children to create their own stories for a young Houdini, featuring mystery and daredevil escapes!
His aim by the end of the day is simple – that every child has come up with the beginnings of a story that they can then develop further in class. So many children find the process of simply putting the first words or marks on a piece of paper difficult – understandably so – Simon seeks to share with them the various techniques he has learnt for for how to do this.
The Young Houdini Series:
The Magician’s Fire
Young Harry Houdini spends his days chaining himself to train tracks and teetering on wires high above the city with his two best friends, Arthur and Billie. But when Harry’s friend and magical mentor, Herbie, disappears, the three friends band together, determined to rescue the beloved magician.
With nothing more than a mysterious puff of purple smoke, an ominous threat, and a menacing Bulgarian for evidence, Harry, Arthur, and Billie embark on a dangerously thrilling investigation that pushes their skill, and friendship, to the limits. But can Harry find Herbie before it’s too late?
The Demon Curse
New Orleans, 1886. When the city’s mayor is struck down by a terrifying, unexplained illness, whispers of voodoo and demonic magic are everywhere. Could it be that the mayor is the victim of a deadly curse? Harry is about to find out. Along with his best friends Billie and Artie he will travel to the deep, dark heart of the Mississippi river, using his extraordinary skills to investigate the mystery. But evil forces are at work and soon Harry will face his most lethal challenge yet …can he unravel the truth before it’s too late?
The third book in the series, The Silent Assassin, was published in January 2016.
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Simon Nicholson, 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