Now celebrating over 30 years of a varied carrer in the arts, the charismatic author and illustrator Nicholas Halliday loves to bring his experience and enthusiasm to schools, book fairs, events and libraries. His greatest pleasure is reading from his books and inspiring children to new ways of thinking about character development and storylines. Motivational speaking is also a passion for Nick who draws on a life rich of texture to inspire the hearts and minds of young people.
Please take a moment to read the outlines below and then, when you're ready, please make contact. We're always open to discussing your plans, and you can book the popular full day or a half day, morning or afternoon, seven days a week.
JUST WANTED TO EXTEND A HUGE THANK YOU FROM ALL THE STAFF AT LITTLE CHALFONT PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR VISITING US. THE FEEDBACK FROM BOTH STAFF AND CHILDREN WAS SO POSITIVE PARTICULARLY YEARS 5 AND 6 WHO WERE THRILLED WITH THE OUTCOMES OF THEIR WRITING. THE DAY WAS A DELIGHTFUL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL AND EVERYONE HAS BEEN INSPIRED!
Sara West, 2018
Nick is very flexible with what he does during a visit and we are happy to discuss your events, budgets and timings.
For schools, he will usually attend each classroom in turn and, depending on the age of the children, spend between 20 minutes to an hour in each. Nick reads from his books, with each child receiving readers copies so as to fully appreciate the stunning illustrations. Children can then have a brief Q&A session which, when time allows, Nick follows with his inspirational writing and illustration workshops where he likes to engage each child one-to-one. For younger children, Nick carries plush toys and finger puppets to help in telling the stories.
Depending on how the day is planned, Nick can also speak during an assembly, when he may have a Q&A session with the whole school. This is often useful in larger schools where only some of the children are given classroom visits. However, due to the intimate nature of Nick's stories and illustrations he tries to avoid presenting and reading in assembly, preferring to reserve this for the classroom.
Once a booking is confirmed we can discuss a timetable for Nick's visit. While our booking forms allocate six hours for a full school day and three hours for a half day, Nick often agrees to make adjustments to accommodate your event prior to the visit. Please make contact to discuss events which fall outside our booking form limits.
Nicholas Halliday has worked as an independent author, illustrator, publisher and designer for over 30 years. His motivational speaking draws on his sucess in the arts and business and reflections on a childhood marked by bulying, dyxlexia and grief.
Nick's unique mix of humour and honesty and open minded appraoch to life is truely motivating and inspirational to young minds. Pleasemake contact to discuss availability and costs.
Nick will sign books during any event and we can also arrange an after-school signing and/or supply a PDF book order form which can go out with children following the visit at your school's discretion.
When order forms are sent out from a school, we suggest allowing one full week for these to be returned to your office. Order forms and payment are then either posted to us or we arrange collection. Nick signs and dedicates every edition where instructed and books are delivered to the school office normally within six working days.
THANK YOU TO NICHOLAS HALLIDAY FOR VISITING OUR SCHOOL YESTERDAY TO SHARE HIS BOOK, ‘THE LONELY TREE.’ IT WAS FASCINATING TO LEARN HOW THE FILMIC ILLUSTRATIONS WERE CREATED AND TO FOCUS ON SUCH AN EMPATHETIC STORY WITH THE CHILDREN.
Victoria Mersh, 2018
The Lonely Tree Life Cycle Activity Pack
The Lonely Tree Life Cycle Activity Pack has been specially developed to work with Nick's best selling title The Lonely Tree. It's a great FREE resource for your children following a visit and covers 40 pages of lesson plans, activities, guidance notes, creative writing and illustration workshops, print-and-colour line drawings of the characters and a 50% off voucher for The Lonely Tree hardback children's book, plus links to additional resources. The discount voucher is designed for use in our online shop.
This fun and the educational pack is available here and totally FREE to download, print, copy and use. It's the perfect partner for your event, book fair and school visit or for parents and kids at home or any library or learning environment.