All About Stuart Reid
Stuart Reid has been a full-time author for four years and has performed at over 900 schools, libraries and book festivals throughout Britain and internationally. He has presented to princes in Dubai and alongside authors such as Michael Morpurgo and Philip Ardagh. Irish Children’s Laureate Eoin Colfer and BBC’s Charlie Higson have provided quotes for the covers of his books.
His book events are designed to engage and inspire children, especially boys and reluctant readers, to want to love reading. Stuart’s largest live audience was 600 pupils aged between 5 and 11 years old and he also hosts creative writing workshops for KS2 pupils.
Stuart’s School Visits
Stuart hosts book assemblies and creative writing workshops for all ages of pupils in primary schools.
These events are designed to inspire and engage even the most reluctant readers, especially boys, to want to read his books. Stuart is probably one of the most inspirational children’s authors in the UK, engaging, entertaining and educating pupils through alliteration, visualisation and volunteers from the audience (pupils and teachers). Stuart’s assemblies have captivated pupils as young as five years old for over an hour, holding their attentive through energy, fun and excitement.
Stuart’s books are yucky; all about bums, bogies and bottom burps. He employs a variety of slides and props to bring his books to life and he shares his journey from trolley pusher in a supermarket car park, to regional manager and general manager of a 300-bedroom hotel in Dubai, to his vocation as an author.
Small children love the energy and his silliness, whilst everyone enjoys the wacky world his characters live in and understand his inspirations. Stuart encourages the older pupils to think about their goals and aspirations and to learn from his 25 years in business and as an author.
Stuart is an expert at pitching his presentations to different age groups, never taking his eyes off the audience for a moment and making everyone feel involved.
A Typical Day
9.15am – 10.30am Book reading assembly with the whole school
10.45am – 12.15am Creative writing workshop with the year 5’s or 6’s
1.15pm – 2.15pm Creative writing workshop with the year 3’s or 4’s
2.15pm – 3.15pm Creative writing workshop with the year 4’s or 5’s
Sessions can be tailored to suit each school’s needs and objectives. Part of Stuart’s mission is to inspire every child to learn to love books. In doing so, many children want to buy his books after the events. Every book purchased will be signed by the author, along with a personalised, alliteration dedication to each pupil. Instead of whole school assemblies, some schools prefer to split this session into KS2 and KS1. That’s great too, allowing the older children to ask Stuart questions during the Q&A.
Stuart’s target audience is the 5-11 year olds but he has also worked with high school pupils too. He has performed in schools, libraries and book festivals, as well as special schools, pupil referral units and secure units, and two prisons!
His largest assembly had 600 pupils and teachers but if you can fit more pupils into your hall, Stuart would love to perform to a bigger audience.
Creative writing workshops for KS2 pupils normally have approx 35 pupils but arrangements can be made for larger groups. The workshops generally last 90 minutes, although shorter sessions can be held for younger pupils. Stuart will also leave a zip-file of classroom activities on plot, Setting, character development and genres that teachers can follow up later.
Stuart using projector, laptop, speakers and a screen in his assembly events and a whiteboard in the classroom for the creative writing sessions.
Stuart’s first book Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric Generator won the Silver Seal at the Forward National Literature Awards in Atlanta.
His second book, Gorgeous George and the Zigzag Zit-faced Zombies was chosen as Top Pick in the Daily Record Book Club.
His fifth book was launched at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2015. Stuart was also presented with the Falkirk Council’s Enterprise in Education Champion Award in 2014.
Recommendations & Reviews
‘Simply the best author performance I have ever seen in 15 years of teaching. The best… by a long mile.’ Michael Mashiter, Deputy Head – St Mary’s Primary, Clayon-Le-Moors
‘Thank you so much for today, the students were buzzing. As the session was so enthusing, I have passed on your email to some of my colleagues in other schools. Thanks again’ Jo Cavanagh, specialist teacher, WCLC Pupil Referral Unit
‘I don’t quite know where to start! We absolutely loved your time with us on Wednesday morning! There has been a buzz about school ever since and the children are now obsessed with your books! We really cannot thank you enough, all of the staff have commented on how engaging and inspiring (and funny!) it was, so thank you. Our head is thrilled and has also asked me to pass on her thanks.’ Kate Sixsmith, Literacy Co-ordinator, Gaskell Primary, Bolton
‘A huge thank you for coming to visit us. The pupils (and staff) had a wonderful time and could have carried on listening to you for hours. You have really inspired our pupils – I was mobbed on the yard on Wednesday morning by children with ideas for book titles; they are so excited about it we are having a competition for the most imaginative title. Thank you again for a really entertaining, inspiring afternoon.’ Megan Charlton (Deputy Head Teacher) Grove Primary, Durham
‘Thank you very much for a fabulous, funny, fantastic, full of enthusiasm, fanfare of a presentation! I have never witnessed such a good author presentation before – you had the children eating out of your hands for the whole time – brilliant! I am sure that they will thoroughly enjoy reading your books as you most certainly inspired them.’ Sharon Clyne, Principal teacher, Strathesk Primary School, Penicuik
“Your visit to the Glebe Junior School was inspirational to parents, staff and children. Thank you so much. One reluctant reader, in year 3, bought your book and for the first time ever demanded that his mum read to him! A breakthrough! Your perfectly poised, personal and poignant presentation was an incredible sight to behold. You enthralled the audience- ranging in age from 7 to 70 – with your passion and love of reading and writing and entertained them, seemingly effortlessly, for an hour. Your visit will be remembered for a long time to come and we all know that we were lucky to see you at the start of what we are sure will be an illustrious career – and deservedly so!” Freda Wilson – Literacy Co-ordinator Glebe Junior School
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Stuart, 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