Metaphrog, ongoing patrons at Northfield Academy
Sarah Isaacs wrote her first poem at the age of 6 and hasn’t stopped writing since! She has visited schools since 2018 and before that, had over 20 years of experience working with children. Her first two bestselling picture books are Derek the Alien and the Orange Jelly Planet followed by Derek the Alien and the Raspberry Milkshake Sky. These are rhyming picture books about a friendly little alien who particularly loves jelly! Her latest book is A Bucket Full of Bogies (and other horrid rhymes) For Kids Who Hate Poetry. Sarah’s author visits are creative, interactive and inspiring. Working with schools across the country her passion is to promote reading and motivate children. After her first book was published, Sarah received a letter from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sending their best wishes after receiving a copy.
Steve Skidmore is in great demand across the world for his inspirational and high-energy performances and masterclasses. With writing partner, Steve Barlow, he has written over 230 titles and as an ex-teacher understands what schools need to make the Patron of Reading scheme successful. He is willing to travel anywhere to engage and enthuse students and staff and promote the love and importance of reading.
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Jack Meggitt-Phillips is the bestselling author of The Beast and the Bethany – a children’s book about a young 500-year-old, a carnivorous beast, and a child who’s going to be eaten. He is often found lurking in people’s attics, wearing questionable waistcoats, and wailing about the villainy of the beast. He lives in London and has received a lifetime ban from Wintloria Island. As a Patron of Reading, Jack organises visits, exchanges letters with classes, and helps foster a lifelong love for reading by working closely with schools.
Jo Franklin was born reading sometime in the last century. As a child, she loved making up stories. Unfortunately no one could read her writing, so she couldn’t become an internationally published author until she got a computer. Jo writes funny, feel good stories for 7-11 year-olds. She likes to write about children who are not normally centre-stage like tomboys, geeks and misfits. Her first book to be published in the UK is Help I’m an Alien and there are two more titles in the series to follow. She would love to be a patron in London or the South East as she loves to meet her readers to talk about aliens, brains and what it is like to have two best friends.
Emma Trevayne is the author of several science fiction and fantasy novels for children and teens, including Coda and The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden. She is also co-author of The Cabinet of Curiosities, 36 Tales Brief and Sinister, an anthology of short, shiver-inducing adventures. She has visited schools across the US and the UK, where her talks and workshops often focus on writing short stories. She would love to be a Patron of Reading at a school anywhere in London.
Jan Dean is a poet who has also written fiction for children and teenagers and plays for puppet theatre. She is a poet-in-schools and a National Poetry Day Ambassador. Not only does she love reading books (and writing them), she also enjoys making them and is happy to share the simpler book making skills with children and teachers. She lives in East Devon, so a school in East Devon or West Dorset would be brilliant.
Lea Taylor is a storyteller and writer. Her inputs are fun, imaginative, energetic, engaging, often participatory, but never, never, dull. With ten years freelance storytelling (the last 2 years focusing on school residencies), she brings a wealth of skills to any session or project. Lea would love to be a patron in Midlothian, Edinburgh or East Lothian.
John Rice is a
poet, storyteller whose 13 books include Bears Don’t Like Bananas for
children, an anthology of Scottish poems for secondary students and The
Dream of Night Fishers for adults. John works in primary, secondary and
special schools teaching creative writing and performance. John is very happy to be a patron in Scotland or the North West of England.
A Huw Powell session at Writhlington School