Author visits and events

Author visits

I offer school visits for KS2 and KS3 (Yr6, Yr7, Yr8), tailored to the age group. I’m happy talking to individual classes or hosting year group assemblies. My talks generally last 40 minutes, followed by time for questions. 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 (to a maximum of 3 sessions per day).

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 to help pupils plan their own novels, drawing on 20 years of experience working in publishing as an editor and author



“Ele came to our school to deliver a talk to our Year 7 cohort. The day consisted of a talk about her novel Boy 87, followed by two creative writing workshops of 32 pupils each. Both staff and pupils were wowed by Ele’s delivery. Her presentation in the morning had pupils on the edge of their seats. Similarly, staff loved the session as it gave them further insight into the context of the novel and how to teach it.

The two creative workshops that Ele delivered were equally superb. The sessions sparked pupils’ interest in writing and were delivered in a way that enabled all pupils to participate and engage with the learning. Pupils were so excited to plan their own novels with the help of a ‘real’ author. Ele’s session helped to ignite a passion for reading and writing in some of our pupils who had lost their love of books, which in this day and age, is some feat.”

Bitterne Park Secondary School


“Students listened intently to extracts from Boy 87, which lead on to a lively discussion with Ele about what it means to be a refugee and how the media shapes perceptions.
After the talk, two consecutive groups of students took part in creative writing workshops, where Ele encouraged them to take part in a variety of writing tasks. The creativity resulting from these activities was astonishing and staff from the English department were extremely impressed by the range of ideas and the originality of the storylines.”

Liane Webber – School Librarian, Hanley Castle High School


“Ele came to the Migration Museum to run workshops with a range of Primary School students as part of our Refugee Week activities. 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