Talks. Workshops. Virtual Visits
Once upon a time, Kathryn Evans was an actress. Now an award winning writer, she uses her performance skills at events, from major festivals to intimate library sessions, to give lively and inspiring talks, delivering a mix of honesty, insight and practical advice to years 7 to adult.
Last night’s brilliant performance – that is the only word for it – by Jo Cotterill and Kathryn Evans was really something.
BookWitch on Edinburgh Book Festival 2016
Resilience and Reading: A talk combining what it takes to succeed and how reading helps with whatever you choose to do. 40-60 minutes
Creativity: This dynamic opener talks about what creativity is, why it matters across the curriculum and how you can develop your own creativity. A small amount of preparation and tidying up after wards is required but it’s a lot of fun and guaranteed to engage the audience. This talk can be combined with either of the talks below for a longer session. 15 minutes
A Passion for Reading: A self-deprecating walk through Kathryn’s life with books. With a sprinkling of science, a look at Kathryn’s ridiculous wardrobe and a lot of good humour, this talk is designed to inspire the audience to pick up a book. 25-30 minutes
Down but Not Out: Kathryn is the poster girl for tenacity. It took her more than 15 years to get published so she knows a thing or two about picking herself up and trying again. She’s also a belly dancer and is training hard to earn a place in the British veteran fencing squad (yes, really!) If you want a talk about grit, determination and resilience – this is it! 25-30 minutes
All talks are usually followed by a reading and Q& A so can be completely flexible in terms of time – from 25 minutes to an hour.
“Kathryn’s style is clear, commanding and calm. The teaching was relevant and really made accessible to teenage boys!”
Colin P. Old Teacher, Chichester High School.
“My daughter attended your workshop at the library today and came home buzzing!”
Nichola Cox, Parent.
Workshops can be tailored to your timetable but usually fit within the time frame of 50 – 90 minutes.
- Character & Voice: Hands on practical session looking in detail at how to come up with ideas, how to understand and craft believable characters and how to free your own voice. 50 -70 minutes
- Ideas, Plot & Structure:Hands on practical session, looking at generating ideas, different types of plot and how to use structure for impact in your story. 50-70 minutes
- Magic Spark to Manuscript: An intense, not too detailed, look at generating ideas, creating believable characters and turning them into plot. 90 minutes
Or make a suggestion and Kathryn will see if she can tailor something to your needs (Within reason. She doesn’t bake. Or juggle. Or breath fire – oh wait, she has done that…)
“ A heartfelt and inspiring chat about a writer’s journey into the publishing world and learning about all the interesting subjects that spark her fantastic stories. Bath Library’s YA reading group are now hooked on ‘More of ME’ and can’t wait for future reading material!” Louise Judge, Bath Library
These are short, 30 minute Skype/Facetime visits in the form of a Q & A. They particularly suit book groups of up to 15 people. They require a bit of planning: Book groups will usually have read one of Kathryn’s books and will have prepared questions; the technology will have been pre-tested and you will be sent signed book plates for your group in advance of the talk so participants still get a signed book even without Kathryn physically being there.
Before the visit, you will be sent an extract of Kathryn’s latest book so that all students can get a flavour of her writing before the visit.
School visits usually consist of a talk tailored to the school’s time scale followed by a short reading, Q & A and book signing and workshops if booked.
There is no upper limit on audience numbers for talks but for workshops, the maximum size is 30.
Please do not leave Kathryn alone with pupils, it is a condition of her public liability insurance and she will not continue with her talk if left unattended. Thank you.
For virtual events see above.
For physical visits, see below:
Kathryn’s talks use powerpoint so she needs a screen, something to stick a usb into and someone who knows how to make it all work – please ensure this is checked before her visit.
Workshops require a white board or an A3 flipchart.
Please also provide a glass of water and, for book signing, a table and chair.
For workshops all students will need writing materials.
Please think about book sales. Kathryn would rather not bring her own books. Lots of school librarians have a relationship with a local bookseller and kindly organise books that way. Book sales are very important to an author – please talk to Kathryn if it’s a problem and she’ll help sort something out!
It is also useful if you notify the audience in advance that there will be books to buy, or, even better, ask them to pre-order them. Kathryn will send a letter to assist with this – and if you remind them, that helps too! A signed book is something most children will treasure.
“Kathryn’s talk was engaging and lively – it totally fulfilled the ‘passion for reading’ brief!”
“Flexible, funny and interesting, Kathryn is a great speaker who knows how to interact with her audience.”
Kate Angus, Chichester High School.
“Young adults can sometimes prove to be hard to engage and yet they were listening and laughing consistently throughout.”
“Extremely flexible, working around the college’s timings with enthusiasm and engagement.”
“The focus on creativity, publishing and aspirations met all of the targets for the talk. It was focused at the right level academically, with aspects of professional development and light in tone.”
“All students and staff spoke extremely highly of Kathryn’s passion, energy, humour and insight into writing and publishing. Very insightful and inspiring.”
Will Bowerman, Southdowns College
“Kathryn is very easy to work with and has an excellent way of interacting with children and young people.”
“The children were completely engaged and the talk was relevant to their age and interest.”
Kerry Brookes West Sussex Libraries.
“Kathryn’s relaxed manner really engaged the pupils straight away, her whole talk was really interesting and we sold lots of her books!”
“Great idea to have a bag of pre-prepared questions in case pupils lose their tongues!!”
Margaret Bone, Bishop Luffa School
“I’ve already recommended Kathryn to other schools because of emails I received from staff who saw her talk and nice comments from the girls (pupils)”
“Organisation and timing were excellent, we shared emails until the day of the event.”
Clara Fernandez, La Retraite School
“I was grateful you were flexible enough to start a bit early.”
“Our Year 9 boys were fully engaged in what you had to say, because of your use of humour and excellent IT.”
“It was an appealing talk that motivates pupils not only to read your book but fiction in general.”
Susan Mulkern, Chichester Boy’s High School
Fee’s are currently a little below Society of Author recommended rates as Kathryn wants to get out to as many schools and events as possible!
Schools & Colleges:
Bookings for Kathryn are handled by Authors Abroad, please contact them here.
If you looking for support for a public library, you can email her directly via the contacts page.
Festivals, Press, TV and radio
Either message below or contact Kathryn’s publicist:
or her agent:
Any other questions, send a message here: