Patron of Reading at Leighton Park School 2017 - 2020
Guest Speaker Cambridge Faculty of Education PGCE
Some feedback from SCHOOL VISITS...
" 'Exciting' and 'inspirational' were the words most often used in feedback from pupils following Julian's visit, and I'd certainly agree. The interactive aspects of the presentation really added a Wow factor, and pupils absolutely loved the finale."
Deborah Goodwin, Norwich School
"The whole school was buzzing after his visit. If you are looking for an author to invite into school, who can really deliver, then this is the one for you."
Anne Shaw, Learning Resource Centre Manager, Ely College
"Julian held the audience in the palm of his hand; we were all transported to the Spiegeltent for magic, mystery and adventure. The children were completely engaged throughout; a sword juggling author is a must for every school!"
Liz Wraith, Librarian, Norwich High School for Girls
and see foot of page for student feedback…!
SCHOOL AND FESTIVAL VISITS are available throughout the year. I hope to use school visits to inspire reading and writing of course, but also to lead to exploration of other cultures and some of the bigger questions of life, politics and society. Please use the contact form to reach me directly to discuss your requirements, fee, book stall and my technical needs.
My main talk - based on Ghosts of Shanghai, and the occasionally challenging twists and turns of my own life - is suitable for years/grade 7 - 9. And still comes with the same exciting - and hopefully inspiring, finale! A new talk based on my research and experiences in the Fukushima Disaster Zone, and the message of resilience and hope that carries, is available from September 2020.
I still have a one hour event structured around the world of The Mysterium, featuring influences, a trick or two, mild hypnosis and culminating in a display of sword juggling. (All delivered from my much travelled circus suitcase below…) Ideal for years/grade 6-8.
Various creative writing workshops are available for years 5 - 13. I enjoy working with writing and reading groups on character development, plotting, rewriting - and have been developing a very rewarding 'haiku blizzard' session, suitable for all ages and abilities.
For years 9 and upwards I have a graphic novel talk based around Orpheus Black and Dark Satanic Mills, and also can deliver screenwriting workshops.
Please let me know if you have a specific request for a type of event, no matter how large - or small...
Over 200 past visits include primary to sixth form, state to private, UK to China, including Norwich High School for Girls, Wellington School, Huili Shanghai, St Joseph's Primary Guildford, Sir Roger Manwood's Grammar, Norwich School, Leighton Park School, Brinswoth Comprehensive, The Oratory School, Netherhall Cambridge, Ely College - and a special commissioned piece of writing for Kings School Ely...
COVID era school visits CAN work!
I have been very fortunate to have the chance to deliver a number of task and workshops to schools in Shanghai, both during full lockdown, and return to the classroom. These were through Zoom sessions, and were surprisingly rewarding for all of us involved. From main talks to workshops detailed above it has been very interesting to see what is possible in the current ‘blended’ world of education.
The University of Cambridge PGCE course asked me to deliver a keynote talk to Mentors in June 2020 about my experiences, and I would be glad to share those learnings with any teachers or librarians who are interested. Past festival appearances include Edinburgh International, Hay, STREAM, Hoo Kids' Bookfest, Cambridge, Cheltenham.
Recent student feedback …
"I found the talk amazingly interesting. I loved all of the things about his childhood and the circus. I've never thought about what it's like being an author but it actually sounds fun."
"It was interesting and completely different to any other talk! The powerpoint was awesome as well."
"Best author I've ever heard from! Very enthusiastic, funny and got the audience involved! He didn't talk ALL the time which other authors do!"