Ellie Irving

Children's author

Available for:
After dinner speaking

Website: http://www.ellieirving.com


Alternatively, please contact Jodie Hodges at United Agents.

WINNER of the 2016 Stockton Book of the Year for THE MUTE BUTTON. It was also shortlisted for the 2015 East Sussex Children's Book Award. WINNER of the 2013 James Reckitt Hull Book Award for BILLIE TEMPLAR'S WAR. It was also shortlisted for the 2013 Sheffield Children's Book Award, the 2014 Calderdale Book Award and the 2014 UKLA Book Award.

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


I am an outgoing, London-based author, happy to travel. Currently working on my fifth novel, all of my stories are funny, quirky capers, about ordinary children who form extraordinary plans to achieve their goal.

The workshops, talks and school visits that I run are fun, engaging, interactive sessions that will appeal to both boys and girls. I have found that For the Record, my first book, being all about Guinness World Records, goes down well with boys in particular.

I talk about the challenges of being a writer, the books that inspired me, where ideas come from, how to create interesting characters, how to introduce conflict into your stories, and also engage pupils in writing exercises to get the creativity flowing.

I have experience of running workshops with groups small and large, and am happy to give talks in libraries, festivals, schools, assemblies, and, on one occasion, a packed-to-capacity 500-seater lecture theatre.

Praise for 'FOR THE RECORD':

'A feel good family drama with plenty of humour and a great cast of crazy characters. Warm and touching, with lots of heart.' The Bookseller

'A fun-filled read' National Geographic Kids


'Absolutely huge recommendation, a real must read; a complete gem of a book.' The Bookbag

'I thoroughly recommend this to anyone between eight and twelve. This is a very easy to read and enjoyable book, which is bang up to date in its themes. The Guardian

What critics say about 'THE MUTE BUTTON':

'Often downright hilarious and with moments of genuine pathos, this is a real class read.' The Book Zone.

'It is both hilarious and moving and has emotional issues that children can relate to.' The Guardian.


'If you want a comic book that will have you giggling from start to finish, this is it - and the feel-good factor lasts.' Parents in Touch.

Also in the media:


For The Record (isbn:978-0552563598)
When Luke's village is under threat of development, he embarks upon a crazy plan to save it - by getting all the villagers to break World Records!
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Billie Templar's War (isbn:978-0552563604)
Billie's Dad is a soldier, away fighting for Queen and Country. When one of his regiment is seriously injured, Billie hatches a daring plan to bring her Dad home.
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The Mute Button (isbn:978-0552568357)
Anthony Button loves his family, but their noise drives him crazy. So Ant starts a silent protest to try to get everyone's attention. But now he's pressed the mute button, will he ever find his voice again?
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Fleeced (isbn:978-0562568364)
When Charlie Rudge discovers a rare and valuable sheep on his farm, a comic caper ensues to stop everyone from trying to steal it!
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Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Educational books

Fun, engaging and interactive assemblies and workshops. Happy to use Skype