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What could Alan do in your school?

I live in Ayrshire and usually do visits in Central Scotland.  
 
A later start, means I can go a greater distance.  
 
Always worth having a chat with me.
As a much published children’s author, Alan is experienced at leading events in schools and libraries.  
 
Sessions are based on themes from his six book Porridge the Tartan Cat series with the focus on making literacy fun.  
 
Alan’s events are suitable for 6 to 9 year olds and last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Each session can be adapted for length and age suitability on request.
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More about Alan’s author sessions

  • Varied and interactive sessions will introduce pupils to story writing and character development. Giving them the purr-fect chance to stretch their imaginations.
  • Sessions are structured around the Curriculum for Excellence to: encourage communication and team work, utilise thinking skills, develop tools for writing and create texts through creative writing exercises.  As well as his school assembly style visits (for 2 classes, e.g., primary 4/5 or p5/6) Alan offers 1 hour writing workshops (max 35 people) - or a longer 2 hour session with a combination of chat, stories, and interactive writing tasks.
  • Within the imaginative world of stories, outcomes including language, style and tone are presented in a fun and engaging way
  • INCREDIBLE CHARACTERS: Alan’s Tartan Cat books are full of funny individuals, such as Porridge, Gadget Grandad, Groovy Gran and Fergus Mc Fungus. Using entertaining activities and a-mew-sing excerpts from his books, he explores what makes them fly off the page. Or in Porridge’s case, curl up on it.
 
  • PACY PLOTS:  We go on a heroic journey through Thyme and Space, on the trail of Fergus and his giant Clootie Dumpling of Doom.  Then discover what it takes for Groovy Gran to reunite her band and put on a Big Gig.
 
  • BRAWSOME WORD-PLAY:  Drawing from his books – and his trusty tripewriter -  Alan and the audience have fun with puns, jokes and terrifically tongue-twisting wordplay. Me-wow.
  • Alan’s interactive sessions encourage the audience to ask, and respond to, questions. LIT 1-07a
  • A former teacher, he uses a greater range of question types with older children. LIT 2-07a
  • During sessions, Alan refers to life as a professional writer, and explores how his own experiences influence his books. HWB 0-20a / HWB 1-20a
thumbnail porridge tartan cat wordsearch click to download
thumbnail porridge tartan cat wordsearch click to download
thumbnail porridge tartan cat wordsearch click to download

Why not team up with another school to maximise the day? If I have enough notice I can do two 1 hour sessions, one in the morning and the other after lunch. I can visit Schools, Libraries, Literature Festivals, Community Groups, Bookshops, Writing Retreats, etc.

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You’ll also find details on fees & costs, handy downloadable forms, etc.

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