R.D. Dikstra

Children's author

Available for:

Website: http://www.tigeropolis.co.uk

07850 896775

5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2)


"The children left inspired about tiger conservation."

I write the Tigeropolis series aimed at 7-11 year olds. My talks,like my books, are light-hearted, humorous and educational.

It's a fun story of a family of vegetarian tigers living in the foothills of the Himalayas that suddenly find themselves having to take charge of their very own tiger reserve if they are to save their beloved forest home. The books are loosley based on my long time involvement with conservation and were inspired by my first viewing of a tiger in the wild.

There are three themes to my talks :-

  • The inspiration behind the Tigeropolis story and why I came to write the series.
  • An introduction to my characters - tiger cubs Bittu and Matti, their mother Tala and their wise, old, Uncle Raj - followed by a short reading from one of the books.
  • Conservation - information about tigers in the wild and the threats they face.

My talks tend to draw out a lot of questions, so I am equally happy to work with individual classes or larger groups depending on the time available.

I am mainly based in London, but I also spend considerable time up in Glasgow, so am happy to consider events in and around either area. 

I am more than happy to sign and dedicate copies of my books and would expect that schools would actively promote the sale of books to parents ahead of the event.

My fees vary depending on what exactly I am asked to do and the time involved, but I am also very much aware of how tight budgets are. As a guide, in terms of schools visits, my charge for a half day is £150, plus VAT, and any expenses.  I have appropriate Public Liabiliy Insurance through the Society of Authors. 

Some recent reviews on my talks to schools and libraries :-

"The children really enjoyed the visit and fully engaged in the activities surrounding the book. The author was fantastic with the children and we would love to see him again.... I would highly recommend a visit." 

    Literacy Coodinator, Hounslow Town Primary School

"The children (and adults) left feeling inspired and passionate about tiger conservation. We hope to work with you again."                                    

 St Michaels & St Martins Primary

"Parents and children thoroughly enjoyed the session."

Harrow Libraries 

I have written two children' book series and I am currently writing the third instalment of Tigeropolis
Tigeropolis - Beyond the Deep Forest (isbn:978-0-9927462-1-6)
A family of vegetarian tigers have to take charge
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Tigeropolis - The Grand Opening (isbn:978-0-9927462-2-3)
The Tigeropolis story continues as the park reopens
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The Adventure of Captain Bobo - Bananas! (isbn:978-0-9927462-9-2)
Adventures of a West of Scotland Paddle Steamer Captain
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Society of Authors, British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), Royal Society of Arts, Royal Television Society.

Other search criteria:

Geography and Travel, History and Biography, Humour

Book Type:
Non fiction for adults, Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13

tigers, elephants, conservation, wildlife, India, fun, humour, travel, Asia, Scotland, River Clyde,