All About Tamsyn Murray
Long before Tamsyn Murray was a writer, she was a reader. She fell in love with books at a young age and learned to write stories of her own through reading. Her first book, ‘My So-Called Afterlife’, was published in 2010 and was Highly Commended by the Booktrust Teen Prize. She has gone on to write a further seventeen books for children and teens, from picture books and early readers to Middle Grade and Young Adult, and these have been translated into fifteen languages. ‘Instructions for a Second-hand Heart’ won the Leeds Book Award 12-14 category in 2017, and it has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelist’s YA Novel of the Year, the Stockport Book Award, the Southern Schools Book Award, the Bolton Book Award, the Lancashire Book Award and the Hampshire Book Award.
She is a full-time writer and also writes best-selling novels for adults under the pen name Holly Hepburn.
Tamsyn offers events across Key Stages 1-4. She is happy to deliver a whole school assembly at Primary level, or split into Key Stages as required and her events are always fun and interactive, with an emphasis on encouraging reading for pleasure. She uses a Powerpoint presentation to explain the inspiration behind her books and talks about her road to becoming a writer. The children will be have the opportunity to take part in the talk – perhaps playing Tamsyn herself in ‘Stunt Bunny: The Play’, or becoming the prey of a voracious big cat at Tanglewood Animal Park, or even acting out the functions of the human circulatory system. The session ends with a Q&A and a book signing.
She also offers creative writing workshops involving a number of artifacts to inspire the children to create a story plan they can then use to write a story. This is a 60 minute session aimed at Year 4 and up (maximum of 30 children per workshop) but it can stretch to 90 minutes if required.
Tamsyn can deliver a maximum of four sessions in one day, where an assembly/author talk/60 minute workshop counts as one session.
Requirements for author talks/assemblies:
A laptop and projector – where possible, this should have sound.
A reasonable-sized performance space so that the children can take part safely.
Requirements for workshops:
Stunt Bunny: Showbiz Sensation
Meet Harriet Houdini, a young rabbit with lots of attitude, as she settles into life with her new family. Never destined to be a boring bunny, Harriet finds herself scouted by the producer of hit TV show Superpets and starts her career on the showbiz ladder. From daring backflips to thrilling escape attempts Harriet really is a Stunt Bunny extraordinaire!
Stunt Bunny: Tour Troubles
Harriet Houdini: Stunt Bunny is back in action, this time as the star of Superpets Live!
With visions of posh hotels, meeting adoring fans and performing her famous bunny-backflips in front of live audiences, Harriet can’t wait for the tour of Superpets. But evil Miranda wants her opera-singing poodle, Doodle, to be the headline act… whatever it takes. So Harriet’s going to need all her Stunt Bunny tricks to make sure she remains the star of the show!
Stunt Bunny: Rabbit Racer
It’s time for Stunt Bunny’s biggest challenge yet!
When Taz the Tornado, a cat who loves to race, joins the Superpet cast, the host Gloria decides that all the pets need to learn a new trick… or loose their place on the show! So, when an obstacle course race is suggested between Harriet and Taz, it’s straight into Bunny Boot Camp training for Harriet, who wants to prove that she’s not called Stunt Bunny for nothing! But with distractions at home from giggling guinea pigs and very strange next-door neighbours will Harriet be able to focus on the big race and secure her place on Superpets?
Stunt Bunny: Medal Mayhem
Harriet Houdini is going for gold in the London Animalympics! Hearing that Superpetsis going to be part of an international Olympics for animals, Harriet fancies her chances at bringing home some medals. She goes into training with a world famous athlete and brings a whole new meaning to the hop-skip-and-jump of the triple jump. But not everyone wants to see Harriet win, least of all The Great Maldini, and she has to take some unconventional transport to make to the Animalympics final.
My so-called afterlife
Psychics, psychos and sidekicks . . . who says death has to be dull?
Fifteen-year-old Lucy has been stuck in the men’s loo ever since she was murdered there six months ago. No one has been able to see or hear her – until Jeremy. Just her luck that he’s a seriously uncool geography teacher-type! But Jeremy is determined to help Lucy. He finds out how she can leave her toilet ‘home’ – albeit only temporarily – and meet other teenage ghosts, including the gorgeous Ryan. Jeremy is also determined to help her find her killer so she can find peace at last . . .
My so-called haunting
A funny, moving story from the AFTERLIFE world
Skye, a fourteen-year-old who can see ghosts, is feeling very stressed. Not only is the ghost of a sixteenth-century witch giving her fashion tips, but she’s struggling to settle into life with her aunt, and is developing a crush on the most unattainable boy in the school, Nico. When her aunt asks for help with a troubled teen ghost called Dontay, she’s glad of the distraction, and she’s soon facing a battle to keep her love life and her psychic life separate. As things get ever more complicated, it looks as though Dontay’s past might cost Skye her future.
My so-called phantom lovelife
Boyfriend troubles? Try dating a ghost!
When fourteen-year-old Skye Thackery meets Owen Wicks, it’s not exactly love at first sight. She’s getting over a broken heart and he’s, well, a ghost. But as Skye gets to know him, she can’t help wondering what it would be like to kiss him. Dating a ghost isn’t easy, and things get worse when Owen declares he’s found a way to stay with Skye for ever. His plans make her uneasy – the shadowy organisation which claims to be able to help him is bad news, and it seems Nico, her ex, is involved too. As Owen prepares to risk everything, Skye begins to wonder if she really has a future with him, or if his desire to be more than just a ghost will cost them everything?
Completely Cassidy: Accidental Genius
Meet Cassidy. With her embarrassing dad, pregnant mum, loser brother and knicker-chewing dog, she’s almost invisible in her family.
So she’s hoping year seven is her time to shine, especially since a test proved she’s Gifted & Talented. The only problem is she picked her answers at random. But surely the school wouldn’t make a mistake about her genius.
Completely Cassidy: Star Reporter
Cassidy is determined to discover a hidden talent to help her stand out from the crowd. So when her petition to let girls wear trousers gets her noticed by the editor of the school mag, she’s thrilled. Could she be a star reporter? But her plans go pear-shaped when her investigations mysteriously end up online. Who’s leaking her top-secret gossip?
Completely Cassidy: Drama Queen
Cassidy can’t wait to enrol at Dance and Drama Academy summer school! She’s always dreamed of discovering her hidden talent – could she be a star in the making? But with auditions looming, Cassidy is gripped by stage fright. As big brother, Liam, keeps reminding her, she does have a knack for embarrassing herself. What if Cassidy’s stage debut turns out to be an all-singing, all-dancing disaster?
Tanglewood Animal Park Series
Baby Zebra Rescue
Zoe loves living at Tanglewood Animal Park!
Every day Zoe takes care of the animals. She splashes with penguins, feeds the lemurs – she even sees baby zebra, Flash, being born. It’s a dream come true.
Then Flash goes missing. Now Zoe has to find him, and soon! Where can that baby zebra be?
Zoe can’t wait to meet Tindu, the magnificent tiger who’s just arrived at Tanglewood. But Tindu seems sad, and refuses to leave his den.
With the Terrific Tigers weekend just two weeks away, the pressure is on! Can Zoe dream up a plan to help Tanglewood’s tiger feel happy in his new home?
Tanglewood’s Savannah Safari is complete, and Zoe can’t wait to meet its newest inhabitants – six African elephants.
But when the head of the herd stops eating, Zoe and the keepers face an elephant emergency!
Instructions for a second-hand heart
Jonny has a faulty heart and his time is running out. Niamh has just lost her twin brother in a tragic accident. As their fates collide, soon Jonny is on the mend – but desperate to know more about his donor. When he tracks down Niamh, he only intends to find out about her brother, the first owner of his heart. He doesn’t plan on falling in love…
A stunning, tear-jerking novel about grief, guilt, and the unpredictability of love.
Instructions for a second-hand heart won both the Hampshire book Award and Bolton Children’s Fiction Award in July 2018.
Reviews and Testimonials
She enthralled the whole school. We look forward to having Tamsyn back to see us again!“
Wormley Primary School, Hertfordshire
“Tamsyn has a fantastic sense of humour and is brilliant at getting her audience engaged and joining in. She is excellent value for money – I wouldn’t hesitate to book her again.”
Lindsey Blake, Director – LibraryLive Ltd
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Tamsyn, 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