Schools and Festivals

HelloOne of the best things about being an author is getting to meet my readers.  I would love to come to your school or festival. I offer single, double or triple visits including interactive assemblies (presentations) and workshops. I bring props, photos, fun activities and most importantly inspiration. Presentations and workshops  usually last an hour each and I am happy to sign books afterwards or in between sessions.

Presentations

The following author events are for children aged 8-13. The content varies depending on the age range.

Cat Burglar and Mission Gone Wild

I offer an interactive assembly where I talk about my journey to be a writer and the inspiration behind the books from The Scarlet Files Series. I explore spirit animals found in Aztec mythology and delve into the world of night vision goggles and grappling hooks. I use photos, props and dressing up, and together we create an exciting adventure. 

Stunt Double and Jungle Curse
This is an interactive assembly concentrating on my series, Stunt Double. I talk about the stages of writing, and share tips on how to create an enticing adventure story. We look at my research in Thailand, and delve into the world of movies and stunts. Using drama and our wild imaginations, we plan a trailer for a brand new film.
 
Cat Burglar and Stunt Double Mix
This is an interactive assembly where I offer tips on writing, using both Cat Burglar and Stunt Double. We talk about inspiration, research and imagination.  We delve into the world of spirit animals, cat burglars and thrilling stunts. I use props, dressing up and drama, and together we let our imaginations run wild.

 

Smaller Groups/Workshops for KS2 and KS3

If you would like a workshop approach, I can work with groups up to 30. Because of the content, I tend to focus on KS2 and KS3. My workshops can be adapted so they suit ages 8 to 13. There will be props, story telling and lots of fun.

Possible workshops include:

Cat Burglars Wanted for a Daring Heist!

But it wasn't me!

No, I can't transform now! 

Short Fun Writing Exercises: Deep in the woods

If you would like to contact me to discuss your individual requirements as well as my rates, please press the button below to head over to my contacts page.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Mosterton assembly

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Testimonials

Visiting Author Enthuses Students

Students in Years 5-8 were enthralled by their talk from author Tamsin Cooke.  Tamsin  focused on her novels ‘Stunt Double’ and Stunt Double: Jungle Curse’.  In a fast paced, interactive presentation, Tamsin gave top tips for improving your own writing and also explained the role of a stunt double.  Students had the chance to act out their own mini-film, complete with clapper board; ‘lights, camera, action!’  Even the teachers joined in the fun!  Tamsin ensured that all students were involved, found time to answer a number of questions, and also signed copies of her books.  This was an excellent presentation which held the interest of a very diverse group of students.  I think we were all sorry when it came to an end.

Kathryn Makepeace, Head of English (Kingsley School, Bideford)

Thank you so much for coming to our school and just being so fab. You definitely have the best outfit of any of our visitors. You totally captured the children’s imaginations and interest, and they have produced some great writing inspired by your books and workshops. It’s also so lovely to see so many children (both boys and girls) loving reading your books and enthusiastically discussing them. Thank you also for being so accommodating to our reporters - you made their day! 
 
Mrs Bujniewicz Trull, Church Of England Primary

'Tamsin led a truly wonderful assembly. She inspired the children with tales of what they could be; shared how to be accurate with ideas; took them to a world of 'good' cat burglars and fired imaginations with a potato. Amazing! We would definitely have her back.'

‘During a recent workshop, Tamsin Cooke worked enthusiastically with my class of 7-9 year olds. She was totally inspirational. Her charismatic, lively and animated personality motivated the children to produce some creative and imaginative ideas. Chatting to my class later, they were really excited and were bubbling with enthusiasm and thought that her visit was great. They also love her book!’

Norton Sub Hamdon Primary School

Thank you so much for your inspiring visit which really brought your book to life for the children.You have enthralled and captivated the pupils' imaginations and have inspired even reluctant writers to create their own adventure stories. Your interaction with the children and enthusiasm in bringing your characters to life has made a lasting impression, on teachers and pupils alike. Your book is a firm favourite in our library and we are looking forward to the next one!

Thornford Primary School

'Full of energy and enthusiasm, Tamsin had the children totally engaged and enthralled with her presentation.'

Whitchurch Primary School

Thank you for your visit, both the children and staff were thoroughly engaged during the assembly as well as their workshop. The children were taken on a dynamic adventure where they loved exploring and creating different characters. Its already had a positive effect on their creative writing and left them oozing with enthusiasm to write more!

Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School

The children of Horsington Church School had a really exciting morning with Tasmin. We explored what it is like to be an author. The children loved her enthusiasm and were very keen to share their ideas. The morning was pacey and drew on the children's own thoughts, whilst allowing them to share within teams. There is nothing like having a real, live author in your school to encourage children to read high quality books.

Horsington Church School 

Thank you for coming to our school. We had a brilliant time and loved acting out being cat burglars, using your specialist equipment.It was fun trying to grapple up the lost ancient temple in Mexico and think about how we could steal the Golden Jaguar. We're pleased we came up with an unusual ending. The experience has made us want to write some of our own Cat Burglar stories (which we will try and share with you) and we were inspired by your work. Thank you again for sharing with us what fun it can be being an author. We look forward to seeing some more of your books soon. P.S. we love your books!

Appledore Primary School Year 5

In 2017 Tamsin won Stockton Children’s Book of the Year with The Scarlet Files: Cat Burglar and since then we haven’t stopped inviting her back to visit us!

Tamsin’s sessions are engaging, interactive and very creative as she provides opportunities throughout for the children to be involved. This includes the children working together to develop their own stories that can then be acted out. The sessions are accessible for all children in a class, assembly setting or a public event through a mixture of presentation styles and interaction throughout. It is an entertaining and informative session that will leave children wanting to read and create their own stories.

Stockton Libraries would highly recommend Tamsin, as we feel that her books are fantastic for an 8 to 13 age group and the children agreed as they voted for her book to win in 2017! Tamsin also delivers a session that includes being in a costume and lots of items for the children to try on and experience as well which really brings it to life for them. Tamsin last visited us in July 2018 and I am sure we will be inviting her back again soon.

Lucy Carlton-Walker, Librarian (Stockton-On-Tees)

I was very lucky and got a chance to visit the school where I used to work. The children were amazing and wrote some fantastic testimonials after my event. 

'Go and book her! She will make everyone laugh and smile.'

'She is very fun and entertaining. We all loved the presentation she did; it was so exciting she even had children up out of their seats performing.'

'I 100% recommend booking Tamsin Cooke for an author visit. She was so entertaining and never got boring. You'll be amazed about how inspiring she is.'

'Let her inspire you to follow your dreams.'

William Barnes Primary School

We invited Tamsin to deliver an assembly to KS3 as well as three workshops for year 7 & 8 students. Tamsin was fantastic. In the assembly, she engaged all students with her enthusiastic engaging approach sharing her journey, inspiration for her novels and wonderful tales of bungling burglars. The workshops were interactive and motivated and enthused all students. They were buzzing with creative ideas and were full of praise:

“Tamsin is a lovely author and it was amazing to meet her” – Jess Flack, year 7
“A wonderful experience with a very inspirational author” – Scarlett Spiller, year 7
“A very interesting talk. She’s a very friendly author and I can’t wait to read her book” – Charlotte Collier, year 7

We would definitely recommend a visit from Tamsin as she is enthusiastic, engaging and inspiring.

                                                Cullompton College

'Tamsin was amazing! The children loved the workshops and flocked to buy the book to find out what happened to Scarlet.'

'Tamsin was lovely and the children seemed to enjoy it all. Hopefully we will reap the benefits in their Literacy, it has certainly upped enthusiasm for reading too!!'

Mosterton Primary School

We had Tamsin in to do an assembly and then workshops with our whole school and they loved every second! Tamsin arrived in full "cat burglar" costume complete with grappling hook and immediately the children were hooked!! She appealed to every age group, engaging all in her mini play involving children of all ages and then went onto working with the KS2 children in a wonderful workshop. The children have produced some great writing that seemed to have natural flow based on the skills she taught them. Highly recommended!

Powerstock Primary School