Speaking

“Warm, engaging and enthralling speaker.” St Augustin’s High School

“… expansive and thought-provoking” Fountainbridge Library

“A captivating author, who engages young people from the second she starts talking.” Boroughmuir High School

“It was the first time I’ve seen pupils from younger years to be so silent and engaged throughout the whole presentation.” Sixth form pupil about S2 class.

New events

I live in Scotland and, in principle, I’m happy to travel anywhere to speak at festivals, schools and other events for young people (minimum age 11) and adults.  I’m also available via the Live Literature Programme at the Scottish Book Trust – please see my author profile.

Black Snow Falling explores cross-curricular themes for pupils age 11+. I offer:

  1. Interactive ‘Story of the Book’. A visual presentation with two interspersed readings from Black Snow Falling followed by Q&A. I pitch my talk and slides according to the age and stage of the pupils, supporting their engagement. Themes can include: early science as heresy, 16th century dynamics, sexism and prejudice, subverting masculine and feminine archetypal journeys, #HeForShe, fighting the ‘monsters’ of today, fantasy, Jung and the shadow self / does evil exist?
  2. Creative writing workshops inspired by the novel.

These are supported by inspiring activity suggestions. Please get in touch to discuss what would work best for you.

Past events

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018Feisty Fantasy with Alice Broadway, Coping with Change with Melvin Burgess and Steven Camden, and an Imprisoned Writers reading.

Golden Hare Books – Dramatised reading with actor Rupert Smith; Q&A.

Interesting Times Book Tour – Waterstone’s Argyle Street, Glasgow & Blackwell’s Edinburgh November 2 & 3 2018. Features Tracey Mathias (Night of the Party) and Rowena House (The Goose Road) and L.J. MacWhirter (Black Snow Falling). Dates for Spring ’19 tour dates coming soon.

Fountainbridge Library – Book Group (adult) 19 November 2018.  “Liz was effusive, engaging and energetic, making really interesting, expansive and thought-provoking comments.” Simon Brown, librarian.

Boroughmuir High School – Presentation on Creating Stories to 100 S3 pupils studying Creative Writing 21 November 2018. Watch the video of Q&A on my facebook page.

“A captivating author, who engages young people from the second she starts talking.” Fiona Aleksandrowicz, librarian, Boroughmuir High School.

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Tynecastle High School – ‘Story of the Book’ presentation to 40 S1 pupils (12 years old) 22 November 2018

St Augustin’s High School – ‘Story of the Book’ presentation to 30 S2 pupils (13 years old) 23 November 2018 “Warm, engaging, enthralling speaker. Liz treated children with respect and openness… a meaningful talk which made the audience think. It was like a proper conversation.” Mike Spells, Librarian, St Augustin’s High School.

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“Magical and memorable event, catching younger and older generations. Liz managed perfectly to get the attention of younger pupils, which is usually not expected, and they followed her across the whole presentation.” Sixth form pupil assisting the librarian at St Augustin’s School, Broomhouse, Edinburgh.