I love taking part in literary events and festivals. I also visit schools, libraries and bookshops. I give readings, interactive talks and I run writing workshops. I live in the south and can visit you if I can travel to your organisation and back in a day. I'm happy to travel further afield if you will pay for my travelling expenses and any overnight accommodation.

Here are some of the sessions I hold. I'm flexible, so if you have something different in mind then please ask me about it.

Sharing Stories

  • Suitable for pre-school and reception.
  • Content - I read my books with the children and share story related artifacts.
  • I can also offer craft type sessions such as making tiger masks or pop-up cards


Interactive Talk

  • Suitable for all ages and tailored to suit the group.
  • Content – How I came to writing, how a book is made, where ideas come from, the writing process, the publisher’s role in creating the final product.
  • I use a power point presentation and end with a question and answer session.


Writing Workshops

Writing workshops are tailored to the age, ability and size of the group. A typical session could be spent writing a story together, creating characters, writing dialogue or planning a story that will keep the reader hooked from beginning to end.

For adults I can give tips on increasing your chance of getting your work accepted for publication.



How many children/adults will you talk to at each session?
I’ll talk to as many people as you want me to.  If I’m working in a school then a class at a time is ideal but I often speak to a whole year group. Writing workshops work best if the group sizes aren’t too large. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

Do you need a room to work in?
I prefer to stay in one place. I’m used to working in halls, libraries, music rooms, huts and spare classrooms.

Do you need any other resources?
A small table to put things on, a flip chart for writing workshops, a computer and screen. I’m always grateful of a cup of coffee at break time!

Will you bring copies of your books to sell?
I don’t sell books but will happily sign any books, (written by me), if children and staff want to bring them in when I visit. I’m also happy for you to organise book sales. Local bookshops can often provide books on a sale or return basis and some even offer a discount.

We have a book fair in school. Will you stay behind and sign books?
Yes, with pleasure.

How much will a visit cost?
My rates are in line with those recommended by the Society of Authors. http://www.societyofauthors.org/ There is no charge for events held at bookshops.

A visit can be a session, half a day or a whole day. Please e-mail, without obligation, for a quotation stating the school or organisation that you are representing. My email is author@juliesykes.co.uk

What people say

A very big Thank You from North Baddesley Infant School! The feedback from the teachers was excellent, and everyone really enjoyed the activities. Reception thought you were wonderful with the children and pitched it just right for their age range. We would love you to come back next year.

North Baddesley Infant School

…the response from the staff and children has been fantastic. I will definitely be recommending you when I go to the Literacy conference next term.

Deputy Head Teacher,
Marlow Church of England Infant School

…thank you so much for a fun day! The children have had a great day finding out more about you and I’m sure that you have inspired them to read more books.

Literacy Co-ordinator,
Downsend Leatherhead Lodge


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