Tim Walker

Children's author

Available for:

Contact: Telephone: 01732 833 947

8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 6th Form and college


I am the author of The Fizzle Trilogy, a series of children's novels published by Faber & Faber, which follows the exploits of Polly and Tom as they seek to unravel the mystery of a special, seemingly magical water known as the Fizzle. Their action-packed adventures, set first in Shipley Manor - the ship-shaped country house in which Polly lives - then in the Caribbean and finally the Arctic, see them overcome a host of evil villains and deadly perils as they draw ever closer to meeting the Fizzle's creator, and discovering its true purpose.

Amid all the action the books provide 8-12 year olds with food for thought on everything from greed and corruption to discrimination, nature conservation, self-sufficiency and climate change. Of course, good intentions alone cannot make children enjoy reading a book and learning from it. The following reviews should help assure you that The Fizzle Trilogy is entertaining and inspiring enough to achieve both.

...fantastical inventions and thrilling cliffhangers... Financial Times
...a magical story... sharp and funny...Irish Times
...action-packed...should appeal to fans of Roald Dahl... Bertrams Books
...a fantastic read packed full of imagination... Write Away
...an impressively fluent debut... very good read aloud material...TES
...a pacey story full of laughs and excitement... Primary Times
...absolutely brilliant... The Bookfiends Kingdom

As a visiting author my talks offer an insight into how I generate ideas, write my books, and the publishing process - illustrated by exhibits such as working drawings and maps, manuscripts and other props. I also undertake live creative exercises to demonstrate idea-generating techniques, and can set live projects, working with individual pupils to help complete them. 

Age range: Year groups 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 benefit most from my visits, particularly if they are already familiar with the stories and characters, however much of my talk would be relevant to anyone interested in creative writing.

Cost: I charge the standard daily rate recommended by the Society of Authors, plus travelling expenses when visiting schools outside the area of Sevenoaks in Kent, and accommodation costs should distance require an overnight stay.

Above all, my aim is to entertain, engage and inspire the children I work with.

A few references:

Tim Walker, the author of the Shipley Manor series, has become a regular visitor to Amherst School. The children have been fascinated by his tales of how he was inspired to write his books and how he created his ideas, plots and characters. His books are very well written and ideally suited to the junior school age range. We thoroughly recommend him to any school interested. Derry Wiltshire, Head, Amherst Junior School

Tim has visited twice and the children really connected with him. In particular the visual learners found the idea that a professional author can plan an entire book based on drawings inspirational. Following his visit they have very successfully modelled his ideas to produce creative, well written stories. Tim has a wonderful, low key approach that makes children feel even they can write. Jackie Thomas, Teacher, Solefield School

The children are still talking about your visit; it really was lovely to have you in school with us and you have given us all some inspirational ideas. Tracy Burdett, Teacher, Tenterden Junior School

Many, many thanks for your excellent presentation last Tuesday at 'The Writer's Craft'seminar. It was absolutely right for the occasion and was both engaging and reflective. Heather Evernden, Lead Practitioner, Specialist Schools & Academies Trust

The Fizzle Trilogy comprises:
Shipley Manor (isbn:9780571232840)

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The Flying Fizzler (isbn:9780571233014)

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Rise of the Rattler (isbn:9780571233007)

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Member of the Society of Authors
Former Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers
Royal Literary Fund Fellow, University of Kent

Other search criteria:

Humour, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 8-13

children, magical, fantasy, action, adventure, seagoing, humour, environment