School Visits

TOWNSENDI enjoy visiting schools offering talks about my books and about books in general. I can tailor these talks to any age group, but I prefer to work with Years 5 to 8.

I tailor my talks to the needs of individual schools, and can speak to individual classes or entire year groups, as preferred. In these illustrated PowerPoint talks I explain how I became a writer and talk about the books I’ve written, about the inspiration behind them and how I researched and wrote them. I talk about my experience as an author and how I go about planning, researching and writing my books. I also offer advice about plotting, character creation, dialogue, atmosphere and other tools that writers use. 

If you’d like to arrange a visit, contact me through the Get in Touch page on this website. My preferred geographical range is London and counties immediately north of there.


I am currently touring schools helping to turn the story creation process into a live event. I am doing this in partnership with Fiction Express – – a book platform that connects students with professional authors, encouraging reading for pleasure through the fun co-creation of stories. Every half-term three books are published on their website in weekly chapters. Each chapter ends in a cliffhanger with three options for how the story should continue. Pupils vote on their preferred option, and the author then writes the next chapter based on the winning vote. There’s an author forum where they can correspond with the author, and a comprehension quiz published with every chapter.

My workshops will involve a class reading of the latest chapter, a live vote, a comprehension quiz and a Q&A, concluding with personally signed book covers or print editions of my other Fiction Express titles. If you would like to hear further details, contact me through the Get in Touch page on this website.

Welland Park Primary
At Welldon Park Primary School.
Signing books at Marlborough School in Woodstock.
At Carshalton Boys Sports College.

At Highlands School in Enfield.