Organising author events

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Have you been asked to organise an author event and don’t know where to start?  Take a look at the Booktrust site where they have put together some advice on arranging an author visit to your school. You can also visit the links below to see the range of authors and illustrators available. If you don’t have the resources to arrange an author in person, there are plenty of virtual options available that I have also listed for you below. The World Book Day website also has short videos of authors and illustrators talking about their craft.

In person

Authors Aloud UK

Authors Aloud UK specialise in arranging author, illustrator, poet and storyteller visits to schools and libraries and other venues both in the UK or abroad.

Contact an Author

UK directory of authors who do school visits. You can also search for those who are willing to use Skype.

ReadingZone – Author Visits

Provides contact details for authors and illustrators who visit schools and information about the kind of events they hold.

Virtual authors

Authors Live

Authors Live is a series of world class children’s authors and illustrator events funded by Creative Scotland brought directly to your classroom, library or home for free, live on the web.

Children’s Authors Live

Watch live author events for free on the Hachette publisher’s site, including Alex T. Smith and Cressida Cowell.

Puffin’s Virtually Live

A series of free interactive webcasts from Puffin’s bestselling authors including Jacqueline Wilson, Jeff Kinney and Rick Riordan.

Virtual Authors UK

A directory of children’s authors and illustrators who offer free Skype visits to UK schools and libraries.