Events & school visits
Want to book an inspirational author visit?
I visit schools, bookshops, libraries and festivals throughout the year to talk about my books and inspire children as readers and writers. My author events are entertaining, interactive and keep large audiences of hundreds of children enthralled. As a former teacher and education consultant who has worked with the Department of Education, Booktrust and the National Literacy Trust, I know the immense value that an author visit can bring and I’m also skilled at keeping things under control whenever the excitement levels threaten to boil over!
The events I offer include:
An author talk about The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, The Jamie Drake Equation, The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and The Longest Night of Charlie Noon. This event revolves around an interactive presentation about the books with quizzes, props, fun facts, arresting visuals, and even demonstrations of some of the real-life science behind the stories.
Creative writing workshops developing children’s skills as writers and storytellers. These workshops draw on my bestselling creative writing guides How to Write Your Best Story Ever! and How To Be A Young #Writer, helping children to beat their fear of the blank page and develop the writing skills required to create great stories. By the end of every workshop, all participants will have written the opening to their very own story. I have also led creative writing workshops for adults, aimed at aspiring children’s authors, and can provide INSET sessions to help teachers develop their skills as writing practitioners and recently appeared on the BBC 500 Words Live Lesson Extra to discuss the teaching of creative writing. You can watch this here.
For school visits, I charge fees in line with the Society of Authors’ recommended rates and am a member of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) with public liability insurance. For more information or to book a school visit, please use the contact page.
I have appeared at numerous literary festivals including the Hay Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Emirates Festival of Literature, Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Oxford Literary Festival, and have also given keynote speeches at events such as the NATE (National Association for the Teaching of English) conference and the Royal Institution. Visits to bookshops and festivals are organised through my publisher, and upcoming events are shown below.
Tuesday 21st May, 10.00am to 12.30pm, Leeds Book Awards, Pudsey Civic Hall, Leeds
Saturday 22nd June, 6.00pm to 7.15pm, The Longest Night of Charlie Noon at the Royal Institution, London: Book your tickets here
Saturdat 29th June, 2.30pm to 4.00pm, STEAM Children's Book Awards, UCLAN, Preston
The children have not stopped writing since your visit! Thank you for a fabulous session which inspired both our pupils and staff!Samantha Saville, Deputy Head, Stratton C of E Primary School
Christopher Edge brought tales of mystery and adventure to life through some really innovative activities. We'd definitely invite Christopher back for future events and look forward to working with him again.Ria Bartlett, Learning Programmes Manager at the British Library
Our students, from Year 5 to Year 8, thoroughly enjoyed Christopher’s visit to our school, as did the teachers. He certainly gave them inspiration for their writing.Librarian, The King John School, Northamptonshire