Author visits and events

Author talks

I offer school visits for KS2 and KS3, tailored to the age group. I’m happy talking to individual classes or hosting year group assemblies. My talks generally last 40 minutes for older groups, followed by time for questions, and 30 minutes for younger years (to a maximum of 3 talks per session). I also offer a creative writing workshop which lasts approximately 1 hour. Half-day or whole-day visits work well, depending on what’s required

For older groups

TALK: An interactive talk using Boy 87 as a framework to discuss refugees and forced migration, giving age-appropriate context to a big subject, followed by a look at the journey of a book from idea to bookshop, including an opportunity to see the original manuscript for Boy 87, page proofs, and editions published in different countries

WORKSHOP: A creative writing workshop using empathy as a focus for storytelling, drawing on 20 years of experience working in publishing as an editor and author

For younger groups

An interactive talk about how authors write stories, and how those stories become books, including the evolution of Boy 87 from idea to bookshop, touching on the theme of refugees



“Ele came to the Migration Museum to run workshops with a range of Primary School students as part of our Refugee Week activities in June 2018. She captivated students with her incredible story, Boy 87, interweaving the story with a comprehensive teaching of forced migration in a way that was digestible to young audiences. Ele managed to approach a sensitive topic with delicacy and was thoroughly engaging throughout her workshops” Liberty Melly, Migration Museum

“What a fantastic experience for our Year 2 children. Ele had our children thoroughly enthralled as she spoke about her life as an author, her inspirations and we even saw a picture of where she writes. The children were especially amazed by Ele’s ‘secret inside knowledge’, especially the story about someone who writes their stories on the bus! The assembly was pitched perfectly with a super combination of visitor chat and audience participation” Book Week assembly, Tavistock Infants school