There is nothing like getting to meet the children, parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers who are kind enough to buy my books. So I am always happy to consider author events, book signings and visits to schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals.
My author visits usually consist of me reading one of my books – or reciting it if I’ve managed to learn it by heart! – followed by a Q & A and then a fun activity or workshop related to the book. At a Cat’s Ahoy! event, for example, the children get to make cat pirate masks, while for The Great Sheep Shenanigans we make sheep pom-poms out of wool, pipecleaners and felt. A session with a workshop or activity usually lasts about an hour, but I can tailor my events to fit the time available.
For further information about bookings and my rates, please contact me via Authors Aloud UK.
Above & top left: Arrrhh Jim Lad! In 2012 Jim Field and I took Cats Ahoy! to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in the author’s home village of Great Missenden. I recited the story and Jim showed how he created the illustrations, and after a Q&A we led a workshop making cat-pirate masks with the children (and parents!).
Left: Signing copies of The Great Dog Bottom Swap and The Great Sheep Shenanigans with Mei Matsuoka after our event at the Edinburgh Literature Festival, 2011. The beard is optional!
Some teacher feedback
“The kids learned so much about story telling and writing in the lead up to [Scottish Book Trust’s] visit, and then the wonderful morning with Peter Bently was a fantastic culmination of it all. The children were thrilled to meet him in person, and I know they will treasure the books he signed so personally for them. Since his visit we have made a display about Peter Bently’s Cats Ahoy! for the school library to share our learning with the wider school community. The children have become enthused by the idea of writing, and have enjoyed being allowed to let their imaginations loose. In particular they have enjoyed the rhythms and rhymes of the words, and they now look out and notice these aspects of writing in other books too.” Nicola Kingslake, St. Madoes Primary School.
“The children really enjoyed meeting Peter and really engaged with his story. We shared with you the books we had written for Book week. Peter was a great and energetic storyteller. We have talked about this when the children have been reading aloud this week and lots of expression has resulted!!!” Jenni Milroy, Milnathort Primary School.
(Feedback from my Scottish schools book tour, March 2013.)