News from Authors Abroad

Chrissie Gittins appears on BBC Countryfile to talk about her latest poetry collection

17th November 2017

If you didn’t catch Chrissie’s most recent appearance on BBC Countryfile you can watch it below. available on i-play until 28th November 2017.



Chrissie was discussing her book

‘Adder, Bluebell and Lobster’

If you add an adder to an adder they are prone to have a dance, they writhe around each other till the strongest gets a chance to PUSH the other down. Watch out for bossy Beetroot! Be enchanted by a Bluebell witch’s thimble and spot a dive-bombing Lark or a cute Great-Crested Newt. From Adder to Wren, forty fantastic poems celebrate forty amazing animals, birds and plants and their beautiful names – which YOU can help poet Chrissie Gittins save from EXTINCTION. This is nature close up, exciting – and WILD.


If you would like to find out more about Chrissie please visit her page on our website.

Chrissie Gittins


If you would like to arrange for Chrissie to visit your school please contact Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at


Martin Chatterton’s illustrations feature in LOLLIE nominated book

Congratulations to Jon Blake for his LOLLIE shortlist for his book ‘Thimble Monkey Superstar’ illustrated by our very own Martin Chatterton.

The LOLLIES are the ‘Laugh out Loud’ Awards run by Scholastic and judged by the public. Thimble Monkey Superstar has made the shortlist for the 2017 awards in the category for 6-8 year olds.

Fingers crossed for Jon and Martin!


If you would like to arrange for Martin to visit your school, or would like more information on him and his work please see his page on our website –

Martin Ed Chatterton

or contact Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

Another successful visit for Spoz

Well done Spoz for a newsworthy successful school visit!

If you would like to arrange for Spoz to visit your school or library to inspire students please contact Yvonne –

Andrew Lane visits Greece

Andrew Lane has just returned from five days meeting his fans and visiting a school in Greece. Andrew’s books are extremely popular in Greece, and he had the chance to meet his Greek translator and compare notes…

We’re glad the trip went well Andrew.

Andrew Lane

Alan Gibbons receives another Carnegie nomination

Congratulations to Alan Gibbons for his book ‘The Trap’ being nominated for the Carnegie Medal.



Good luck Alan!


Kathryn White’s latest picture book ‘The Tickle Test’ goes down a storm in Waterstones

Local primary school children attended Waterstones to hear Kathryn read from her latest picture book, ‘The Tickle Test’.

Children were delighted with the fun story and the chance to hear it read by the author.


The Tickle Test Book

Could you pass the test to join the Tickle Squad? One brave mouse is willing to give it a go! It’s easy to tickle a giraffe and fun to tickle a bear. An octopus is trickier (underwater with all those arms) but tickling a crocodile is the hardest one – with those sharp teeth! This is a ticklish tale that children will love.


Kathryn at Waterstones


Kathryn reading to some of the attending children.


Arranging for Kathryn to visit your school

If you would like further information on Kathryn, please visit her page on our website.

If you would like to arrange for Kathryn to visit your school or library event please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

Celebrating 21 years of World Book Day!

5th July 2017

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As many of you may know, World Book Day is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate it’s 21st year than booking an exclusive Author visit for your school!

We have a whole range of different authors and styles to choose from. Fiction to non-fiction, action and adventure to crime and drama, you’re spoilt for choice.

With World Book Day being on Thursday 1st March 2018, we want to ensure your school doesn’t miss out on such an exciting opportunity. Children will gain valuable reading and writing skills, whilst also allowing them to meet a favourite author of theirs in person. It gives them the chance buy a signed copy of one of their books. Author visits can also fit into the national curriculum and can be shaped to work around your schools needs, depending on what you are expecting from the day and what age range you would like the author to work with.

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about any of the authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

The Tickle Test

15th May 2017

Congratulations to Kathryn White on the publication of her new book ‘The Tickle Test’.

The Tickle Test

Nicky Singer wins North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award

14th November 2016


Island by Nicky Singer won the ‘Moving On’ category in the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award 2016.

To purchase a copy of Island, click here.



Ciaran Murtagh wowing audiences in Vietnam

12th October 2016


“Dear Ciaran, On behalf of all the students, teachers and parents of the An Phu Primary Campus, may I say a huge thank you for a wonderful 3 days in our school. In a large school of over 40 nationalities and levels of spoken English ranging from beginner to first language speakers, it can often be difficult to pitch assemblies and workshops accurately. Having been in your assemblies and workshops, I can confidently say that you appealed to all age ranges and abilities and inspired even the most reluctant writers to pick up a pen and have a go. The feedback from the teachers and students in the last few days has been excellent. The mix of humour in the assemblies with more structured workshops meant that all children were engaged and challenged throughout their sessions with you. I hope the rest of your time in Vietnam is enjoyable and I am sure you will continue to delight and challenge the children in Hanoi too. Warm regards” Deirdre Grimshaw Deputy Headteacher, An Phu Primary Campus