John at Sweyne School

Visiting schools, libraries, prisons, festivals and conferences is a great part of the job.
I do all manner of presentations, workshops, literacy projects and performances about writing or some of the bizarre subjects I’ve researched.

Teachers and Librarians – read on if you want to book me!

School visits

Just some of the themes on offer...

Worth knowing...

  • As well as plenty of 'speaking and listening', pupils can engage in a variety of activities to extend their knowledge and writing skills. Workshops include   researching, processing information, summarising, editing, teamwork, meeting deadlines, telling true stories, designing and illustrating.
  • Available for day visits and extended placements. Also writing residency.
  • Experienced at working with children of all abilities, including SEN and G&T.
  • Workshops suitable for transition events (Y6 to Y7).
  • Public liability insurance for work in schools
  • Ex teacher, Senco and Literacy Co-ordinator (B.Ed., MA).

For more details see my contact an author page or A
NB Fees can be negotiated according to requirements
You can contact me directly, on john@johntownsend.co.uk.

‘I enjoyed having John Townsend in because he had lots of funny accents. He writes very exciting and adventurous books. They were short and snappy. The things he brought along with him were hilarious’.

Callum, Gloucestershire

‘I would definitely recommend JohnTownsend to another school. I enjoyed his presentation very much and I would very much enjoy another opportunity to meet him’.

Rebecca,  Year 7

‘John is brilliant with primary & secondary children alike & the boys especially loved meeting him & listening to all his funny stories. At the end of our last literacy project we held a celebration event & gave each boy a "goodie bag" which included a copy of one of John's books. I couldn't believe their reaction to his books, they literally fell on them & immediately started reading. It really did show how introducing the right author into a classroom can change boys' attitude to books & turn them into enthusiastic readers’.

Ceri Roberts (Youth Services Librarian Rhondda-Cynon-Taf)