Damian Harvey


Children's author, Poet

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
Commission


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

Contact: Email me at
Call me on 07585 733 907.

Audiences:
Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 6th Form and college


Details

 

Hi, I'm Damian - thank you for taking the time to look at my profile...

I've written over 80 books for Primary School aged children (including some Project X books) and I love visiting schools so that I can share my passion for stories, reading and writing. I've visited hundreds of schools in Great Britain (and abroad) so it doesn't matter how near or how far away you are... I will be delighted to come along.

I'm also willing to visit two schools in one day if it helps you to spread the cost of travel and fees with another school that's close to you.

I'm very flexible with what I do in school and am more than happy to work with you to fit in with your school's needs and what you want to achieve. As a rough guide though, I generally offer two types of session. These are flexible and can be combined throughout the day...

 

Session type 1 - Performance 

A lively mixture of storytelling and chat, suitable for children from Nursery to year 6. 

These sessions work equally well with single classes and much larger groups.

As well as sharing stories and poems, I talk about different aspects of writing; from getting ideas to what it's like being a writer. Audiences get the chance to see books and stories in progress and get an idea of the sorts of things that go into making a children's book - getting an idea, drafting, editing, reworking and even the illustrations and layout.

Although structured, these sessions are not rigidly planned so it allows each one to be unique to the group I'm working with and ensures that the children get as much from the sessions as possible. Children (and adults) always have lots of questions to ask and I'm happy to answer any and all that I can as the session goes along. I have found that this helps to make every session different and interesting to each individual.

Length of session - 20/30 minutes for Nursery, 30/45 minutes for Reception, 45/60 minutes (or more) for other year groups.

Number of children - From a single class to a very large group. 

Location - A suitable classroom, library, or hall.

Materials - A table for my books etc.


Session type 2 - Writing Workshops

Writing workshops are a lot of fun and I really enjoy working with a class to create characters and build up a story together. These sessions are suitable for children from Reception to Year 6. 

In these sessions I would generally start with a blank sheet so that the children can see the whole story writing process - from getting the initial idea to writing and editing etc. I am, however, more than happy to work on a specific area of writing or on a topic or theme if it fits in with what you are doing.

Length of session - 1 hour minimum (the maximum time is completely up to you).

Number of children - preferably a single class though I am flexible and can work with more.

Materials - Ideally and interactive white board that I can write on with the interactive pen. This means that whatever I do can be saved so you can continue to work on it later if you like. (Alternatively, a flipchart with paper and pens.)

Location - A suitable classroom. 


What people have said...

"Thank you very much for a fantastic day in school. We have received a huge amount of positive feedback from children, staff and parents. Everyone enjoyed the high energy delivery of the workshops. Your input on the day was the best possible way to promote the opening of our new school library and stimulate reading in school."   Mr P Mansfield - High Oakham Primary. 


"We have never laughed so much! you were fun, a fantastic storyteller, and amazingly grabbed everyone's attention from Reception to Year Six. The children were excited, inspired amd thrilled by your stories. Your enthusiasm as an author certainly rubbed off on them. Everyone was delighted with your author sessions and your great talent for storytelling and sharing anecdotes. in a comical way that made everyone double up with laughter. This is certainly a visit that will be hard to forget. Once again, and enormous thank you for visiting our school."      Gail Courtney - Primary Coordinator, Haut-Lac Internation Bilingual School, Switzerland.


"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the inspiring workshops that you presented to the children at Unicorn. A fun time was had by all and I know that we will be very happy to recommend you to other schools."       Natalie Crowe - Unicorn Primary School, Bromley.


I have public liability insurance - £10 million

I also have a current Enhanced DBS Certificate 


Books
I've written over 80 books for Primary School aged children from Nursery age to Year 6...
The Awful Astronaut (isbn:9781445149882)
Sam Jomes has always wanted to be an astronaut but it's not as easy as he thought...
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The Disastrous Dentist (isbn:9781445150000)
Oliver Payne has a real talent for fixing teeth and soon finds himself in great demand with celebrities and their pampered pets. What could possibly go wrong?
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Farmer Finn's Silly Sheep (isbn:9781445145747)
It's a wet and windy day on the farm and Farmer Finn would like nothing more than to stay nice and warm by the fire - but his silly sheep have gone missing. Where on Earth could they be?
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History Heroes - Christopher Columbus (isbn:978-1445132938)
Christopher Columbus sailed the seas in search of the perfect trade route - find out how his life and explorations helped to change the world!
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History Heroes Neil Armstrong (isbn:978-1445132976)
Neil Armstrong was involved in one of the most memorable events of the twentieth century - the moon landing!
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Smelly Socks and Terrible Tangles (isbn:978-0198391876)
In Smelly Socks and Terrible Tangles, Yan meets a mysterious sock-eater and Nelly gets a bird's-eye view of hair care. Find out where all the missing socks go and what happens if you never brush your hair.
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Meerkat's Marathon (isbn:978 1445147734)
A fun Olympic Animal tale for young readers
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Organisations:
The Federation of Children's Book Groups
The Society of Authors
NAWE - The National Association of Writers in Education
Artscape
Literature Wales - The Welsh Academy
Yr Academi Gymreig

Other search criteria:

Genres:
History and Biography, Humour, Poetry, Sci-fi and Fantasy

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

Keywords:
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