NEWS and EVENTS


If you're not brave enough to talk to a stranger how do you think they will become anything more then a stranger? 

Eden Griffith


 

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News

****NEWS KLAXON!!!****  I am beyond thrilled that VOYAGE OF THE SPARROWHAW has been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2020! This is such a wonderful time for children's books in the UK, it's an absolute honour to be on this list with the very talented Darren Charlton, Jenny Pearson and Meg Rosoff.  Here is a picture of the marvellous Dobby, the rescue chihuahua with whom the story all began...

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Talk and Workshop

Reading for pleasure can change lives, and creative expression is crucial to our emotional and mental well-being - never more so than in these strange new times. My talks and workshops celebrate the joy of reading, of creativity and connection.  I am available for work with all age groups, from Key Stage 2 upwards, both in person and virtually.   The format of all events can be adapted to the time available, to the ages of the participants and to the platform (in person or virtual). I am also available for panels, judging, festivals and other events.    TESTIMONIALS    "Natasha Farrant was engaging and inspiring. Her talk was well-structured and informative, and the workshops both entertaining and productive. The boys thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and were surprised by how many ideas they were able to dream up in a relatively short amount of time!" Teacher, Cothill House, Abingdon   "We liked Natasha.  We liked how she spoke to us.  She was friendly, but also professional when she commented on our work."  "Best double ever!"  Year 7 students from THE LATYMER SCHOOL, LONDON   "“Natasha was one of the best authors we have had the pleasure of meeting.  She really engaged with the girls and had them enthralled, sharing her experiences of family life and explaining how these influenced her writing.  Her workshop encouraged them to expand their creative writing skills and they found it exciting to share their ideas especially, as one pupil said, ‘with a real author.’  Librarian, OXFORD HIGH JUNIOR SCHOOL   “Natasha's visit was very well prepared.  She related well to the students.  Students enjoyed a Meet the Author and book signing session in the library.  They enjoyed talking to her, and asking her questions about her books.  I was delighted that the boys were also interested in the books, having heard Natasha talk in assembly.  We felt that the visit achieved exactly what we wanted as a celebration of stories and books, plus allowing students to develop confidence in their own writing in the workshops.  I'd highly recommend Natasha for an author visit." Librarian, THE LATYMER SCHOOL, LONDON   “The girls thoroughly enjoyed Natasha’s visit to our school.  They found her presentations engaging and funny; with many commenting on how surprised they were to find that her books were influenced by real life experiences.  The writing workshops that she conducted with our students were a fantastic success.  All girls who were lucky enough to work with Natasha in some way have come away smiling, inspired and confident.” Librarian, ST GEORGE'S ASCOT   “Natasha Farrant’s presentations and workshops were both entertaining and inspiring and ignited a genuine passion for reading and writing amongst the pupils lucky enough to take part in the event.   Students were emotionally engaged throughout the opening talk and then bubbled over with enthusiasm when given the opportunity to express their own creativity during the workshop; they were still buzzing about it days later!” Librarian, ST MARYLEBONE CE SCHOOL   Please contact me at natasha@natashafarrant.com, via Authors Aloud or via my publishers (Faber, Zephyr and Chicken House) for further details. Fees negotiable, but in line with Society of Authors guidelines.

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