Steve Skidmore
Steve Skidmore

All About Steve Skidmore

Author Visits

 Steve Skidmore is an ex-teacher with many years teaching experience. Since leaving the classroom, he has undertaken hundreds of school and library visits across the world, so is able to offer a variety of sessions that are appropriate for your students. Steve is always willing to listen to specific requirements you may have. He aims to be as flexible as possible to meet your requirements and so make the visit an enjoyable and rewarding visit for all concerned.

He has worked with his colleague, Steve Barlow, for many years, writing over 200 books and acting as series editor for several projects with major publishing houses. He has also written for TV and theatre.

Steve was selected as one of the top 100 most influential and creative people working in the UK in 2016 in the Hospital Club top hundred awards. He was one of ten nominations in the publishing and writing section for his work on the groundbreaking NSS G Story App.

Please visit www.the2steves.net for more information about Steve and his work with Steve Barlow.

 

Workshops

Steve offers 3-4 sessions a day (depending on the type of session chosen).

HOW TO BE AN AMAZING AUTHOR

An interactive and engaging presentation on what is entailed in being “an author” and writing from personal experience.

This session encourages students to regard themselves as writers and to value their experiences as source material for their work. It also promotes self-esteem and aims to encourage even the most reluctant writer to help realise their potential. There may also be time for a Q & A session.

Suitable for: Ages 7 – 14 (each talk can be adapted to the specific ages of the audience)

Numbers: 20 – 250+ these are negotiable depending on age of students and size of room. If numbers rise above 250, there may have to have a suitable PA system in place (2 lapel radio mics).

Time: 45 – 75 minutes

 

THINGUMYBOB

An interactive play reading with lots of audience participation / role play. There is potential for follow up activities in drama, art and other curriculum areas.

Suitable for: ages 4 – 7

Numbers: 25 – 120

Time: 45-­‐60 mins

 

ACTION DOGS

A lively and funny interactive literary game show based on the Action Dogs series. Suitable for: ages 5 – 12 and mixed audience (families and friends).

Numbers: 50 – 250+ these are negotiable depending on age of students and size of room. If numbers rise above 250, we may have to have a suitable PA system in place (2 lapel radio mics).

Time: @60 minutes

 

I HERO

A lively and funny interactive literary game show based on the I Hero series.

Suitable for: ages 6 – 12 and mixed audience (families and friends).

Numbers: 50 – 250+ these are negotiable depending on age of students and size of room. If numbers rise above 250, we may have to have a suitable PA system in place (2 lapel radio mics).

Time: @60 minutes

 

WRITING MASTERCLASSES

May be combined with any of the above sessions. The aim of the workshops is to:

  • enthuse students about the writing process
  • give students confidence in formulating and planning their work
  • encourage students to concentrate on use of language for maximum effect

Suitable for: ages 7 – 18 (each talk can be adapted to the specific ages/needs of the audience)

Numbers: No more than 60 – it is better for smaller “class-size” numbers

Time: negotiable, but at least 60 minutes

 

DRAMA WORKSHOPS

Steve also offers interactive drama workshops using conventions such as role play, hot seating, forum theatre, still images, improvisation etc.

The theme of these can be negotiated and may be used in conjunction with the visit.

 

INSET

Steve can offer sessions on:

  • “Struggling” Readers
  • Creative Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Engaging and Enthusing Boys to Read.

He can also deliver Key Note speeches / workshops for conferences.

 

BOOKS – THE FUTURE?

An engaging, interactive and humorous 45 minute talk exploring how books are developing in the digital world from their early beginnings. Steve will also examine the potential for attracting readers and reaching new audiences.

Steve helped to create the Outernet in early 2000. This ground-breaking project was a fusion of book and internet content, developed with Barry Cunningham (the discoverer of Harry Potter).

Steve then helped to develop the first e books for the market in 2007/8 and has was part of the creative team behind the NSS G story App (nominated for the 2017 British Media Awards) – the book you play and the game you read…

Steve will also talk and demonstrate how choice and interaction in reading can engage and enthuse the most reluctant readers and speculate what the future might bring with Virtual Reality and 3D screens just around the corner!

 

Steve’s Books

Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow (The 2 Steves) have written over 200 books for children and young adults, including the following:

NSS G Story

An interactive book/game app available on iTunes and Google Play

stores.

 

iHero Series

An interactive adventure series.

  

 

Action Dogs Series

Thunderbirds meets Wallace and Gromit!

 

Challenger Series

An adventure series that takes its inspiration from the classic

adventure books of the late 19th and early 20th century.

 

Crime Team Series

Find the clues and solve the crime! An interactive adventure series.

 

Mad Myths Series

Ancient Greece meets modern day school kids!

 

Reviews and Recommendations

From a librarian:

The kids haven’t stopped talking about your performances, they were blown away! The teachers too haven’t stopped talking about it! Thank you, will book you again as soon as we have the calendar fixed… My biggest compliment was wow that was the best presentation we have ever had in school, well done……… thank you!

From a mum:

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you.  My son, Joseph, attended one of your workshops this week and has thoroughly enjoyed himself. He is not an enthusiastic reader (he really dislikes it) or writer, but this week has shown him what he can do and he wants to expand on the story he has written. I’m really proud of what he has achieved this week and can only thank you once again for your enthusiasm. A very happy and grateful mum.

From trainee teachers:

Absolutely superb. I’d recommend them to any school that wanted to liven up literacy.

 

If you would like to book Jennifer for an author visit, please contact Trevor on trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk