This is my virtual keynote before the Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils Conference of the Cheltenham Literary Festival – via Zoom, of course. The teachers attending had been reading my novel Bone Talk as part of the programme. I was very conscious of the fact that I was speaking to teachers, who know a lot more than I do about the art of seducing children into reading ... so I decided to focus on the PLEASURE in Reading for Pleasure. The video's 21 minutes, so get yourself a cuppa and put on some headphones!
TEACHERS, INVITE ME FOR
A VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISIT!
In response to Pandemic restrictions, I have made a video of my presentation available to rent for a fraction of the cost of a live author visit. It is energetic and full of rollicking insight into the Age of Exploration – how spices made Europeans search for sea routes to Asia, how new technology enabled ships to travel farther than they'd ever gone before, how maps reflect the culture of its period. There are a couple of quizzes too!