As a teacher currently running Y6 Book Clubs and Creative Writing Courses, I am very familiar with the workings of primary schools.
Option One: The Runaway Children of Chennai will be published at the end of May. The middle-grade novel was inspired by Railway Children, a charity supporting street children in India and written in
collaboration with a group of Y6 children at Cherry Tree Primary School, Watford.
This option looks at the stories behind the charity, the process for writing the book and finally
introduces an exciting creative writing competition. The winning short stories (with a theme of
hope) will be published in a special book in 2024.
Option Two: My middle grade book, It’s Raining in Moscow and I Forgot my Umbrella was written as an adventure story but has the unusual twist of being set on the dementia floor of a care home. The idea was to introduce children to a more positive view of dementia than we usually see.
The presentation, however, is not so much about the content of the book, rather the
process an author goes through to publish a book. Children have been fascinated to hear
about the journey from the author’s first idea to the published book on the shelf, a world
not seen by most readers. A valuable insight.
Author Visit £50/class (min 2 classes)
(Appropriate for Y4-8)
Each session lasts between forty to fifty minutes (this can be adjusted to suit the timetable), and to make the most of the visit I would suggest one class at a time in their own classroom. My visits usually take place on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday afternoons, but I can be flexible.
I am passionate about encouraging children both to read and to write, so I am trying
to keep my costs down to £50 per class (this includes my own travel costs). I would,
however, appreciate a purchase of two signed books for the school library, and for the
school to encourage the children to buy their own copies.
I hope to see you soon!
Rish (11) Cherry Tree Primary
Book Club with Mrs Boxall changed my whole life (in a good way). I used to hate writing and English, but now I love it. Book Club has made me more confident.
Christ Church, Chorleywood
Thank you so much - the children were delighted to get feedback from a published author.
Amazing to have author Caroline Boxall visit us today, inspiring our budding authors!