Author visits and workshops for schools, libraries, and book festivals from author and illustrator Moira Munro.

Mainly in Scotland.

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Unfortunately I'm not available for visits in 2017


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From an author visit to St Aloysius school, Glasgow

Children in St Aloysius school created stories inspired by "Hamish"

 

I'm delighted that you're considering inviting me. Please would you check out my books to see if I'm suitable for your audience. For school visits, are you happy to invest some time preparing the children in order to reap the most benefit from the visit?

You can see examples of what I've done for different age groups: this page for children and this page for adults. I'm flexible and would love to hear what you're wanting to achieve, so do phone me and we can work out the best format for you. I can do two sessions in a day (each lasting an 1 hour) - very occasionally three. Note that although splitting a one-hour session into several shorter ones might seem like a great idea in theory, in practice it doesn't work for me. I like having an hour to build up a session that really engages.

Mostly in Scotland's central belt

I'm happy to do author visits within an hour or so from Glasgow, and occasionally further afield for several, intense days. If my journey time is over one hour (e.g. Edinburgh), I'd ask you to offer me several sessions to do in the same area, if necessary by linking up with another school nearby.

Author visit fees, and schemes

In Scotland: Live Literature Scotland scheme
St Aloysius school welcome for Moira Munro's author visit

A lovely welcome and some very ready pupils at St Aloysius PS, Glasgow

If you're in Scotland, it's nice and simple, as I'm on the Scottish Book Trust's 'Live Literature Funding' scheme, which subsidises author visits. Any Scottish school or institution can apply. That way, all you pay is £75 per session. Scottish Book Trust pay me the rest, including my expenses. Find more information and download a simple application form on their website. They have two funding deadlines a year, so you do need to plan ahead.

If you can't have Live Literature Scotland funding

My normal fee is £175 per session plus travel (45p/mile or rail) and subsistence. When you get in touch I can give you a precise cost. I've also been recommended on the Reading is Fundamental scheme, whereby bookshops host an event for your school and give the children free books. More information on their website. Here's a tip for teachers who can't get the funding for a visit: ask your local library or bookshop to host the event. You'll get me for free!

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Prepare your class for an author visit

I get my kicks from knowing the kids get lots out of my visit, and a little preparation by teachers is the key. So I ask schools to read at least one of my stories ahead of my visit, and I can support you by sending you a link with information, suggestions, and pictures. Any other resources you might want, just ask.

Buying books

I really hope you value what I'm bringing to the children and will want to - in the words of school librarian "The Bookette" - harness all the enthusiasm generated by making my books available to them.

How do you know it's going to be fantastic?

Have a look at the Feedback page to read comments from children or grown-ups whom I've visited. I didn't make them all up, honest. I'm also happy to put you in touch with teachers or librarians who can speak directly to you.

If you're new to this

A school librarian's account of planning a book week

This might be helpful to you. Any class, and any author, would be very lucky to have someone as organised, enthusiastic and considerate as The Bookette.

What would a perfect visit look like?

teddy bear book signing illustration

How could I just sign a book. I'm an illustrator!

I am overjoyed when a bunch of children and teachers get maximum delight and lasting stimulation from a visit. Here's a blend of the best elements I've encountered in a school or nursery visit.

The Head calls me some weeks ahead of time, so we both know what's needed on the big day. Literacy is high on her priorities, so my visit will also be a Christmas celebration, where parents will be invited. We hope that this may give some mums and dads a boost so they enjoy sharing books with their children over the holidays. Some weeks before my visit, the teachers start reading my Hamish books to the children, and integrate the theme of teddy bear picnics into other aspects of their work. They build up the excitement by preparing a display of their artwork and bear stories before my arrival.

The Head, meanwhile, places an order for each child to have a Hamish book to take home: this will replace the usual, more random gifts they give at the end of this term. Back home, I spend far too long dedicating each book to a child, with an individual drawing, but it gives me a thrill to think this book may become a treasured focus for some 'together time' within a family.

On my arrival, the children, who've all brought teddy bears, are excited to meet me, and proudly show me their 'Welcome' display. They sit all around me (the Powerpoint equipment is, thankfully, ready and working), and there's a lot of shouting and laughing as I do silly (but deeply educational) things. The teachers, who are sitting among the kids, join in enthusiastically (I take it for granted that kids will enjoy themselves, but it's great for me when I see teachers engaging too). If they're worried that things will get out of hand, they're not showing it. I notice one taking an agitated-looking boy on her knee. Then everyone goes very quiet as the story unfolds. There's no difficulty keeping these young children's attention, because Hamish is a household name for them by now, and they're keen to hear all about him.

The parents grin proudly as their children sing along or volunteer answers. The Head picks up on some of my suggestions for further activities: when the children return next term, the boys and girls will definitely write some special stories and send them to me. As I tidy up my materials, two teachers enthuse about how well little Kyle engaged in the session. A parent comes over to tell me they're going to try one of my tricks back home. A little girl reaches up to give one of my bears a hug.

As I leave, I see the kids sauntering home with their parents, clutching one of my books.

Can you see why I love doing visits?

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