School Visits


I love to encourage adults and children to write so am happy to visit libraries, schools and writing groups to talk about my work. 

I also run story writing and storyboarding sessions for KS1&2 children, either half or full day.

Ideas for stories are everywhere and my aim is to encourage children to use their imagination and see the potential for stories in the world about them, to help them to flesh out their initial ideas into something tangible then guide them into transferring these thoughts onto paper. The sessions are usually a mixture of talking about writing, building up stories as a group then encouraging the children to write their own story.

I prefer to work with one class at a time so I can gear the lesson for their age groups and skills, but am happy to talk about my work to larger, mixed groups. 

To see some of the work done by children on my school visits click here:

  


 

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KAT Workshops

KAT stands for Kids and Authors Together - or Karen and Ann together - as multi-published author Ann Evans (www.annevansbooks.co.uk) and I have joined forces for our KAT school visits. Between us, we are able to work with every year in school. Our talks and workshops incorporate the skills of writing and provide inspiration to encourage children to write creatively. We are both DBS checked and have vast experience of running workshops in schools. 

You can find out more about our KAT visits here.

 


 

Some Schools I've Visited

I was honoured to be asked to officially open the new library at Cherry Orchard Primary School, Worcester on 11 November 2016. At a time when libraries are closing, and many school don't have a school library it is a pleasure to see a new one opening. As a children's author, and Patron of Reading, encouraging children to read is close to my heart. Books are so important and we should all do our best to ensure that all children have access to them both at home and school.

 

 

 

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World Book Week 2016

I visited three schools this week and really enjoyed working with the children. They were all fantastic. Here I am signing some books for two pupils,  Erin Rooney age 5 and Jennifer Barratt age 8 , from Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School in Redditch.

 

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I read Silly Moo! to the Reception children then they coloured in a picture of a cow. Here are some of the pictures. Aren't they lovely?

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I talked about Superheroes with the YR children, we made profiles of Superheroes and the children made up stories about them later that week. Here are the first pages of some of the stories. Aren't they fantastic?

 

 

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I've visited several secondary schools this year to talk about my YA, Perfect Summer. Here's a photo of me with some of the children from Tudor Grange Academy, Redditch  which I visited on June 18th.

 

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 Their names are Chloe Clarke, Chloe Alcock, Brooke Argyle, Sophie Bailey, Shannon Michel, Paige Watts and Charlotte Hardy.

 

You can see some story beginnings from this session on the Kid's Work page.

 


 

On January 15th 2013 I visited Blessed Edward Oldcorne School in Worcester to talk to Yrs 7&8  about my YA book, Perfect Summer.We discussed society's obsession with the 'body beautiful' and the pressures it puts on individuals. An interesting session!


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Here's a photo of me with some of the pupils from Parkfield School,Saltley. We had lots of fun creating secret messages for our detective workshop.

 

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 Here are some photos of a storytelling session with the children of Straits Primary School, Dudley.

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From 3-6th May 2011 I had the pleasure of working on a project called Dreams and Wishes as part of the Stratford Literary Festival which culminated with a performance on Friday 6 May at Stratford High School. I worked with the Year 3 children at Alveston CofE Primary School, Stratford. We made up a story together, turned it into a play then performed it. The childen were brilliant!


Here is a display of their work, some of the children rehearsing with their teacher and some of the masks they made.

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        Reading to the children at the opening of Shining Stars Nursery,

Marine Academy Plymouth, January 2011.

 

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                       Visit to Bishop Perowne School,Worcester, 8th October 2010.

 

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 Feedback:

Secondary schools

"Karen King came into King Charles 1 School in Kidderminster to run two workshops with our year 7 pupils. The pupils were thoroughly entertained for an hour. They enjoyed hearing about Karen’s career and listening to her read from her book ‘Perfect Summer’. They then enthusiastically wrote the first paragraph for their own story and wanted to continue with these at home. I would definitely recommend Karen to other schools.” Katie Edwards, King Charles 1 School, Kidderminster.

 


Thank you Karen for the session on Perfect Summer, which you ran with some of our Year 9 students. Motivating pupils can be challenging, but you enthused and encouraged them as they developed their own ideas. We can't wait for you to come back!  Naomi Flanagan, Librarian & Literacy Coordinator, Pershore High School.

 


'I wanted to say a huge thank you for coming and speaking to our Year 8 students on Thursday. I think it was a really good experience for the students and some have already been and asked for a copy of the writing guidelines that you left with us. We do it find it difficult to keep our young people reading for pleasure these days and I think your presentation was really motivating in that sense.' John Plant, Assistant Head Teacher, Bishop Perowne College, Worcester.

 


'Our students thoroughly enjoyed your session and found the event to be both formative and inspiring, so thank you.' Catherine Hall, Perry Beeches, The Academy, Great Barr.


I was delighted to invite, author Karen King into our school to talk to the students in year 9 about her new Young Adult novel, Perfect Summer. Karen read an extract from the book, and then invited the students to comment and ask questions.  The subject matter was a very interesting one for the students, who are at the age where appearance does matter to them, and they are bombarded with body beautiful of celebrities everywhere. The students enjoyed the session with Karen, and enjoyed the debate, over a sensitive subject. The teachers, who also attended, thought it was wonderful to have Karen in school, and talking openly to students about her book and the issues that arose from it. Linda Bromyard, Librarian, Blessed Edward Oldcorne CofE College, Worcester.

 


 

 Primary Schools


World Book Week 2016

Thank you again for your visit, the staff and children were all enthused and inspired by your tailor-made workshops. Thank you for responding to our request to plan each session around a topic theme that year groups were working on. You really gave us food for thought and started our world book day 2016 celebrations off with a bang! You were bubbly and enthusiastic which was infectious. We hope to get the opportunity to work with you again soon.

Anna-Marie Rooney, literacy Leader and year 1 class teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School Academy, Redditch. 

 


 

'The children enjoyed meeting you and particularly enjoyed the secret messages. All your books I bought for the school library have now been borrowed.' Winnie Quinn, Learning Resources Manager, Parrkfield Community School, Saltley.


 'Thank you for your recent visit to St Joseph and St Theresa in Chasetown, the children really enjoyed listening to your books and completing activities on these. Sarah Evans, Literacy Co-ordinator.


 'We all enjoyed working with you and the children have created a display of the work we did with you!" Maggie Gourlay, YR5 teacher, St Gregory's School, Stratford On Avon.

 


 

'Thanks for today. Lots of positive feedback. Children really responded well and are keen to use their ideas to create their stories. It made it a very special day to meet a 'real' author. Again, many thanks.' Pam Harvey, Literacy Leader, Straits School, Dudley.

 


 

'Thank you for working with us last week - it was a wonderful journey of creativity and of building confidences in ALL the children. We were so proud of their performances on Friday night - every single child benefitted enormously from the opportunities they were given throughout the week. The childrens' feedback on the whole event was brilliant, ranging from not being afraid of making mistakes to how team work made the difference on the night.' Julie Fielding (teacher, Yr 3 Alveston CofE Primary School)

 


 

'Thank you so much for visiting Greswold Primary School as part of our Literacy Week. We enjoyed your input and finding out more about what it is like to be an author. The children found it interesting and did some lovely writing as a result. Thank you.' Heather Day, Greswold Primary School.

 


 

'Thank you for an inspirational and fun morning of story making. The children certainly got into their space travellers and alien characters after listening to your stories. It is wonderful to see children picking up on story ideas and taking them in new directions.
The morning really helped to reinforce everything we have been teaching the children about characters, setting and plot.
Thank you.' Stuart Boydell KES Pre-Prep

 


 

'Karen visited our Key Stage 1 classes on the morning of World Book 2010 and the children were very excited about being able to meet a 'real author'! We had two storybox sessions where Karen planned a story with the children based around some toys from our 'toybox'. The children then eagerly wrote stories and drew pictures for Karen about the toy characters. All the children were very enthused by Karen's visit and have since enjoyed reading some of her story books we now have in our school. She engaged well with the children, and showed enthusiasm for their work and even diligently answered all their questions about life as an author! A great addition to our World Book Day activities.' Claire Hale, Class teacher Manor Primary School, Sutton Coldfield.

 


 

'Karen visited us during the week of World Book Day. She spent considerable time and thought in liaising with us beforehand. She differentiated her activities well for the YR-Y6 age range, and managed to make her activities relevant to her work eg. storyboarding with Y5&6, relating it to her picture strip fiction writing. With younger children she demonstarted how she builds a story and enabled them to have a go too. She related well to the children, enabling them to contribute ideas with confidence. The children felt she had given them some real pointers in improving their storywriting skills. We would invite her back to school.'
Headteacher St Mellion School, Cornwall.