School workshops & author visits

I regularly visit secondary schools, giving author talks and running workshops based around my books. I was Head of Acting at one of the UK's leading performing arts colleges, and have facilitated workshops for East Side Educational Trust, Ambassador Theatre Group and the Young Vic. My sessions are fun, high energy, flexible and can be tailored to your needs. Get in touch for more info or to make a booking.

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Simon’s visit was fantastic! The pupils were in stitches during the year group talks and got so much out of the workshops. He is definitely the most popular author we’ve had in to date.
— Kate Kenward, LRC Manager, Cavendish School
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Author talk

This tackles all things writing, from inspiration, process and craft, to the key themes discussed in the books. It lasts for 1 hour and is suitable for any size of group, Year 8+

  • Interactive synopsis of Noah Can’t Even or Alex in Wonderland.

  • Why funny books are important and should be celebrated.

  • Why LGBTQ+ teens need funny books more than ever.

  • The journey of a book from first draft to publication.

  • Being an author as a career.

  • A reading, Q&A and book signing.

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Writing comedy workshop

This flexible session can run from 1 to 2 hours, and works best with up to 30 students, Year 7+

  • Discover my top tips for writing comedy.

  • 3 techniques to get a laugh.

  • Drama-based character techniques (in longer sessions).

  • Guided creative writing exercise exploring a range of comedy techniques, with class presentation of material.

  • Reading from the book, Q&A and signing.

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creating character workshop

A flexible session that can run from 1 to 2 hours, with up to 30 students, Year 7+

  • Fast-paced, drama-based exercises to create and develop character.

  • Learn how to get to know your characters by letting them ‘speak’ to you.

  • Ideal for students who are less confident with writing, or need to develop imagination skills.

  • Can include a writing exercise extension activity.

  • Requires a larger space, free from furniture.

... it takes an amazing author to capture the imagination of so many students that they want him back for a visit only months after the last.
— Laura Ferguson, Librarian, Wirral Grammar School for Girls
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Free stuff!

Once you’ve booked your session with me, I’ll send you a pack full of Noah and Alex branded goodies which you can use for displays, student prizes and giveaways! (Items subject to availability).

Simon’s engaging and entertaining writing style is equalled in his vibrant and enthralling presentation skills... several “hard to reach” students loved getting copies of his novels and have been avidly reading and telling their friends about the books and their experience meeting a real live author.
— Sally Baker, LRA Manager, Durrington High School
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Fees (2019-20)

Full day (up to 4 hours of talks & workshops) - £360

Half day (up to 2 hours of talks & workshops) - £260

Travel expenses and overnight accommodation (where required) are charged on top of the fee, but will be agreed with you beforehand.

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If you have further questions, want to check availability, or would like to make a booking, just drop me a line via my contact form.

Banana fun at Prenton High School for Girls!

Banana fun at Prenton High School for Girls!