When not writing, Dan enjoys visiting schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals to meet with young readers and talk about his books.
His appearances are usually aimed at children aged 8-12 and can be tailored to various group sizes or levels of ability, be it avid bookworms or reluctant young readers - all to encourage a love of reading and to inspire future writers. Dan currently offers:
As part of this visit Dan talks about his journey to becoming an author and his inspirations for writing books. The talk consists of:
An interactive presentation, 45-60 minutes
A short reading of one of his books (optional)
A Q&A session (optional)
A book signing (optional)
During his presentation, Dan talks about his childhood growing up in the 1980s, hobbies, his passion for computer games, films and books, his time working in libraries and bookshops, how he came to start writing stories, inspiration for Sky Thieves and The Light Hunters, and his journey to becoming a published author. Dan's talk is humorous and interactive, with lots of back and forth between the author and the children. At the end, Dan ties it all together with a message on hard-work and resilience.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Can be booked as a standalone workshop or combined with an author talk.
The aim of this workshop is to inspire young writers and boost creative writing skills. Dan focuses his session on the benefits of reading and how to structure a story with lots of fun activities and back and forth with the author. Run in a group-based setting (usually 30-60 children) this workshop takes up to 60-75 minutes and can be tailored to different ability levels.
Fun and informative, pupils will leave Dan's creative writing workshop raring to read more books and write their own stories.
If you would like to contact Dan about appearances in schools, libraries, bookstores or festivals, please use the contact page.
There are lots of free materials available to aid further learning, reading and writing. Check out Sky Thieves Activity Pack for fun activities which you can run in your class or a reading group before or after the author visit.
For the full list of resources, go to the Resources page.
"Dan's performance was extremely inspiring. He prepared and presented the session to a high standard and the children were very engaged. It was useful for them to understand the journey and process of becoming a writer and how important it is to pursue your heart's desire."
Coppice Primary School
"It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Dan to our store! It's a special treat for children to be able to meet one of their authors, and Dan proved to be especially popular with the kids in Chesterfield as we completely sold out of his book, Sky Thieves, on the day. We have already invited Dan back for another signing when his next novel comes out, and we can't wait to introduce more children to this exciting new talent!"
"Dan gave an entertaining and interactive talk to our Year 7 students who enjoyed hearing about his journey towards becoming a published author. Dan relates well to young people, and engages with individuals about their interests. He is an inspiration!"
The Kimberley School
"We were lucky enough to host visits to two local primary schools where Dan spoke to years 5 and 6. The children were engaged throughout as Dan talked about his journey to becoming a published author and the inspiration for his stories. We had lovely feedback from staff and children at both schools who enjoyed the talk and appreciated the time that Dan spent chatting as he signed books for the children."
The Bookcase Book Shop
"Thanks for coming to our library. It was a great morning and the children obviously really enjoyed your presentation. I thought you were very engaging and related really well to the age group who came."