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Past Bookings

Julia has visited over 130 schools since the first book in The Scar Gatherer series was published, and taught hundreds of workshops to thousands of children. There is a full list below, but to give you a flavour of her spring visiting season, between mid February and Easter of 2022, she ...

 

~ visited 20 schools 

~ taught 76 workshops
~ sold (and signed!) 941 books
~ drove 2700 miles
~ and spoke to over 2500 children aged from 4 to 18!

Here is a list of the main school visits and events Julia has done:

2023

St. Mary's Junior Academy, Long Stratton

Newton Flotman Primary School

Hillside Avenue Primary School, Thorpe - repeat visit

Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, Great Yarmouth - repeat visit

Toftwood Junior School - two full days - the fourth year Julia has visited this school

​2022

St. Luke's Primary School, Kingston - repeat *virtual visit*

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, York

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Leeds

Adel St. John the Baptist's Primary School, Leeds

Bubwith Community Primary School, East Riding

Ninelands Primary School, Leeds

Nelson Academy, Downham Market - repeat visit

Toftwood Junior School, Dereham - repeat visit

North Denes Primary School, Great Yarmouth - repeat visit

Caister Junior School - repeat visit

Belfry Primary School, Overstrand

Norwich Road Academy, Thetford

Ranby Primary School

Magdalene Gates Primary School, Norwich

Reepham Primary School

Northgate High School, Dereham - secondary and sixth form

Sprowston Junior School, Norwich

Iceni Academy, Hockwold

Croydon High School

Pocklington Junior School, East Riding

Clifford All Saints Primary School, Sheffield

North Newton Community Primary School

2021

St. Luke's Primary School, Kingston *virtual visit to children at home during school closure*

Cherry Burton Primary School, Beverley  *virtual visit*

Avondale Primary School, Darwen  *virtual visit*

Luck Lane Primary School, Huddersfield  *virtual visit*

Caerleon Lodge Hill Primary School, Newport  *virtual visit*

Pimperne Primary School - in person visit, yippee!

Fairfield Junior School, Buxton  *virtual visit*

​2020

St. John's Primary School, Warminster – Patron of Reading visit 2

Garvestone Primary School

Loddon Junior School - repeat visit

Toftwood Junior School, Dereham - repeat visit

Alpington & Bergh Apton Primary School

Hillside Avenue Primary School, Norwich

Little Plumstead Primary School

Castle Primary School, Stoke sub Hamdon

Buckland St. Mary Primary School

St. John's Catholic Primary School, Tiverton

Webber's Primary School

Burlescombe Primary School

Hamp Academy

St. John's Primary School, Warminster - World Book Week

Monkton Combe School - World Book Week

Wilton Primary School - World Book Week

Minerva Primary School - World Book Week

Heacham Junior School

St. Martin at Shouldham Primary Academy

All Saints Academy, Kings Lynn

Valley Primary Academy, Norwich

Holly Meadows School, Norfolk

Wensum Junior School

Peterhouse Primary Academy

Nelson Academy

Byers Green Primary School *virtual visit*

2019

St. John's Primary School, Warminster – Patron of Reading visit 1

Bemerton St. John Primary School, Salisbury – Patron of Reading visit 4 & 5

Broad Chalke Primary School – Patron of Reading visit 4 & 5

The English School, Gothenburg, Sweden – 3 days of workshops

Sarum Academy, Salisbury - repeat visit

Bemerton St. John Primary School, Salisbury – Patron of Reading visit 3

Broad Chalke Primary School – Patron of Reading visit 3

Taverham Junior School

Caister Junior School

Stradbroke Primary Academy, Great Yarmouth

Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, Great Yarmouth

Little Melton Primary School

Redcastle Family School, Thetford - repeat visit

Broad Chalke Primary School – Patron of Reading visit 2

Alderbury Primary School

Dulwich College

Bemerton St. John Primary School, Salisbury – Patron of Reading visit 2

​​2018

Winterslow Primary School - repeat visit

Bemerton St. John Primary School, Salisbury – Patron of Reading visit 1

Broad Chalke Primary School – Patron of Reading visit 1

St. Andrew's Primary School, Salisbury – Patron of Reading visit 5 & 6

Old Sarum Primary School, Salisbury - repeat visit

Wyvern College, Salisbury

Clarendon Junior School – 2 days of workshops for Y5 and Y6

Whiteparish All Saints Primary School

Sarum Academy, Salisbury – The Big Write competition judging and award presentation speech

Winterbourne Earls Primary School - repeat visit

Bemerton St. John Primary School, Salisbury

Sarum Academy, Salisbury - repeat visit

Downton Primary School

Clarendon Junior School – 2 days of workshops for Y3 and Y4

St. Andrew's Primary School, Salisbury – Patron of Reading visit 3 & 4

Loddon Primary School

Redcastle Family School, Thetford

Toftwood Primary School, Dereham

Rockland St. Mary's Primary School

Surlingham Primary School

North Denes Primary School, Great Yarmouth

St. Mary's Primary School, Beetley

St. Andrew's Primary School, Salisbury – Patron of Reading visit 2

2017

Bartley Junior School - repeat visit

St. Andrew's Primary School, Salisbury – Patron of Reading visit 1

Sarum Academy, Salisbury – The Big Write competition judging and award presentation speech

Wilton and Barford Primary School – Patron of Reading visits 3, 4 & 5

Sarum Academy, Salisbury

Wilton and Barford Primary School – Patron of Reading visits 1 & 2

2016

St. Martin's Cranbrook Primary School

Lydeard St. Lawrence Primary School

St. Andrew's Primary School, Salisbury - repeat visit

Waterstones book launch for The Demon in the Embers

Winterbourne Earls Primary School – Patron of Reading visits 4, 5, & 6

Sarum Academy, Salisbury – The Big Write competition judging and award presentation speech

Exeter House School, Salisbury

Winterbourne Earls Primary School – Patron of Reading visits 2 & 3

2015

Winterbourne Earls Primary School – Patron of Reading visit 1

Winterslow Primary School

Winterbourne Earls Primary School

St. Andrew's Primary School, Salisbury - repeat visit

Opening of Winterslow Primary School fete, and competition judging

2014

Christ Church Primary School, Bradford on Avon – book festival

St Andrew's Primary School, Salisbury

Old Sarum Primary School, Salisbury – under the scrutiny of Ofsted!

Bartley Junior School

St. Nicholas' School, Idmiston

Christ Church Primary School, Bradford on Avon

Corsham Regis Primary Academy

Patron of Reading

Between 2015 and the advent of Covid, Julia worked in six different schools as their Patron of Reading.

The Patron of Reading scheme is an extended partnership between an author and a school, usually a school year, during which time the author visits the school several times, so that the children feel that he or she is 'their' author.

The goal of the scheme is to inspire the children in their reading, and along the way also teach them how to write better. Julia offers workshops on all aspects of writing, from how characters create their own stories, through to inference and editing.

As part of the scheme, Julia also offers the children the opportunity to follow the progress of whichever book she is currently writing, in real time, including research notes and early scribblings, drafting and editing, and the head-scratching task of coming up with a title.

Children at Julia's previous Patron of Reading schools enjoyed regular updates on the writing of the last four of the Scar Gatherer books, and they also had the chance to read and give feedback on the later drafts before publication. Almost all of their comments were incorporated in the final edit of the book, so they were a very real part of the process.

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World Book Day 2019: Julia as Helena Calvina from The Leopard in the Golden Cage, (complete with very Roman mobile phone!)

To find out more about the Patron of Reading scheme in general, please click here. If you think you might like Julia to work with your school as Patron of Reading in the future, please do get in touch.

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