Children’s Book Week: November

Children’s Book Week 2017 ran between 13th – 17th November.

This inspirational week was devised and is overseen by the literacy charity ‘Booktrust.’

Every year, Booktrust joins up with schools, libraries, children, parents and carers to celebrate books and reading for pleasure. On their website you can find reading tips, book suggestions and lots of other fun ideas for the classroom.

Booktrust also produces their Great Books Guide, , which showcases their favourite reads of the year, broken down into 5 different age categories.

Congratulations are in order for our authors Will Mabbitt, Kiran Millwood-Hargrave and A F Harrold who all made the 2017 Great Books Guide.

If you would like to arrange for one of the above authors to visit, or any other author or illustrator on our site please get in touch with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

National Short Story Week: November

National Short Story Week ran between 13th – 19th November 2017 to great success.

Visit the official website to read previous winners, look at the events that ran, as well as the opportunity to read and listen to short stories.

Get inspired for next years event and start planning your involvement now!

All of our authors can write well and in various formats but we do have some who have specialised in short stories:

Nik Perring, Adam Bushnell and Alan Gibbons.



If you would like to organise for an author to visit your school, your library, your writing group or your reading group please get in touch with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

November is National Novel Writing Month

Up for the challenge of writing a novel in a month? Do you have a writing group who want to take part or want to challenge your students to see what they can produce?

Then take part in National Novel Writing Month.

Official Website:

The overwhelming majority of our authors run writing workshops as part of their school visits so can visit your setting to deliver a writing workshop and tips.

Below are a few suggestions of those who would really help you embark on this challenge:

Sara Grant, Stephen Davies, G.P Taylor and Tanya Landman.



If you would like to arrange for an author visit please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

National Poetry Day Thursday 4th October 2018

The next National Poetry Day will fall on Thursday 4th October 2018.


More information can be found out about this national day on the website:


About National Poetry Day

World Book Day Thursday 1st March 2018

The next World Book Day falls on Thursday 1st March.

Make sure you register with the official World Book Day website: to register for you £1 book tokens and get some inspiration for activities.

If you would like an author visit for that day to help motivate and inspire students please get in touch with Trevor Wilson asap – many of our authors and poets book up a year in advance for this popular day and the surrounding week.


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

Anti-bullying Week November 2018

Anti-bullying week takes place in November every year. Entering its 9th year, this week aims to ensure young people respect others and are equipped to deal with bullying.

Useful links: Anti-bullying week website

Child Line Bullying Page

Bullying is sadly still too common an occurrence in schools. Anti-bullying week is working to combat the prevalence and impact of bullying with resources available for teachers to download and competitions frequently run.

An author visit can help with instilling confidence in students, bringing together a sense of community for students and some of our authors have workshops specifically on this theme;

Mark Robson uses his ‘Warrior Kids’ books to run anti-bullying workshops in primary school.

Kathryn Evans can deliver talks on resilience and never giving up to secondary school students.

Rapper Donavan gives workshops on respect, ‘RAP = Respect All People’.

Both Roger Stevens and Matt Goodfellow featured in the anthology of poems ‘The Same Inside’ a sweet and thoughtful collection of poems about friendship, empathy and respect.

If you would like to arrange for any of the above to visit, or for any other author or poet please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

The next Summer Reading Challenge, an annual scheme organised by the Reading Agency since 1999 to keep children reading during the summer holidays, will follow the theme of the ‘Beano’.


This theme means that the challenge will focus on mischief and pranks, as inspired by the much-loved comic, which turns 80 that year.


Want to send your children off to summer all eager to enrol? Authors Abroad have many authors and illustrators ideal for getting children excited about their six book challenge for the Summer Reading Challenge in their local public library.

Some of our authors have even had their work feature in the Beano, including Kev Sutherland and Jonathan Meres.

Pranks and laughter abound  with Ciaran Murtagh and Poetricks.

Fantastic illustrators include Chris White,  Liz Million and Dave Shelton.



To organise an author or illustrator visit to your school please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

World Poetry Day 21st March 2018

World Poetry Day is held annually on the 21st March.

Details of its formation are detailed on the UN website:

“Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.

UNESCO first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.

World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media.  As poetry continues to bring people together across continents, all are invited to join in.”

We have almost 50 poets to choose from, including children’s poets, rappers, performance rhymers and world slam poetry winners with names including Karl Nova, Andy Craven-Griffiths, Coral Rumble, Christina Gabbitas, Terry Caffrey, Harry Baker, Sara Hirsch, Inua Ellams and the Manchester poet Tony Walsh who spoke to the crowds after the tragic event at the MEN arena.


If you would like to arrange for a poet to visit to take part in this celebration please get in touch with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

National Storytelling Week 27th January – 3rd February 2018

National storytelling week begins on the 27th January 2018.

This will be the 18th National Storytelling Week, founded and still run by the Society for Storytelling.

Please visit the official website for some inspiration and resources:

We have a wonderful selection of gifted storytellers we are able to offer to schools and events, including John Row, Nick Toczek, Cat Weatherill, Cassandra Wye, Rob Parkinson and Clive Pig. Please see their page on the Author details section of the Authors Abroad website for details of what the storytellers can offer.



If you would like to organise a storytelling visit of your own please get in touch with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at