School Visits

I’m always happy to do events in person or on Skype. I work with students aged 13-18 years old in the UK, Ireland, and internationally.

Available talks:

‘My writing journey’ talk – follow my experience of writing my first book at the age of sixteen, from first draft to publication, with images of my original writing. Includes a reading from my latest novel and Q&A session. (1 hour)

Writing with STEM – A talk about my writing with a focus specifically on how I came to write science fiction after studying Chemistry and Physics at Masters level. I discuss how scientific research I’ve done which inspired events in my novels. I also show a presentation including examples of spreadsheets used to accurately calculate the figures involved in my writing, such as spaceship travel times and time travel figures. Includes discussion of Einstein’s theory of relativity, time dilation, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and more science, talked about in an enthusiastic, easy-to-understand way. Includes a reading from my latest novel and Q&A session. (1 hour)

‘World-building’ writing workshop – using senses to create atmosphere and setting, with examples taken from writing I did at the age of 18, which later became part of my debut novel. (1 hour)

School or library visits can be arranged by contacting me at laurenelizjames@gmail.com. 

Prices available on request, and follow the Society of Authors recommended rates for in-person visits, with a slight reduction for Skype talks. I send signed, personalised bookmarks for each student in advance of Skype talks.

Travel expenses by train are payable by the school, as well as accommodation costs if travel time is over 3 hours. I am local to the Midlands.

For other events, please contact my publicist at Walker Books, Rosi Crawley at Rosi.Crawley@walker.co.uk.

Photo by University of Nottingham

“Lauren speaks with humour and knowledge. I would recommend booking her for an event without hesitation.” – Emily Tristram – Kenilworth School Literacy Coordinator

“Lauren is a talented presenter and she connected really well with the audience at the event. She also happens to be a very lovely person and quick to respond to my emails about the event details. I’d definitely recommend her for running or taking part in other events.” – Anne Smart, Digital Communications Manager, The University of Nottingham

“Lauren talks so well and was definitely one of the best author visits that we have had at the library.” –  Sorrelle Clements, Coventry Libraries and Information Services 

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