Rebecca Colby is a children’s picture book author and poet. She is also a former librarian and a qualified primary teacher with experience of speaking to large groups of children. A list of her standard workshops follow, however, she is always willing to work with a school to provide a visit that is best-suited to their needs.


ASSEMBLY & AUTHOR TALK – 45 minutes (max. 250 students; FS, KS1 and KS2) An interactive reading of one of my books, followed by a discussion about my writing process and a Q & A session about being an author. 

GAMES POETS PLAY – 1 hour (max. 35 students; KS2 or Year 2) This workshop involves lots of fun and games—literally— as children are given the opportunity to play typical word games that poets play when creating poems. 

FAIRY TALE WRITING WORKSHOP – 1 hour (max. 30 students; KS1) I dress up as a Fairy Godmother and discuss the basic elements of a fairy tale. The students are then guided in creating their own fairy tale characters, and in choosing magical elements and endowing them with magical properties through playful exercises. Then, with the aid of visual prompts, the students have the opportunity to create their own fairy tales. 

STORYTELLING AND CRAFT SESSION – 45 minutes (max. 30 students; FS1 and FS2) An interactive reading of either of my books, followed by a related craft activity. (NB: If preferred, the craft activity can be removed, reducing the session to 30 minutes so as to accommodate more children by allowing for two storytelling sessions over an hour.) 


Early Years Age 3-5, KS1 Age 5-7, KS2 Age 7-11


North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

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