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  1. School visits: bonus time

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    September 18, 2014 by Lydia Syson

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    There’s something particularly satisfying about reading creative work that’s been produced by students after a school visit.  Last summer I went to talk to a group of Year 9 girls at Streatham and Clapham High School, who were – most impressively – finding out about the Spanish Civil War in Spanish.  I thought it was such an imaginative approach to learning a language, and it was fantastic to meet students so engaged with the history and culture of Spain.  Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to give my talk in Spanish. Even better, the project led to some wonderful pieces of writing in English, the best of which – by Anna and Lulu – you can read below.  keep reading


  2. 28th February 2014: visit to Sydenham School, Lewisham

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    November 14, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    I’m looking forward to discussingThat Burning Summer, Britain’s Polish allies, the experience of invasion and much more with some of Sydenham School‘s keenest readers. NB This is not a public event, but you can book me for an event by contacting Authors Aloud on 01727 893992 or emailing  info@authorsalouduk.co.uk


  3. BOOKING SCHOOL VISITS and other events

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    September 14, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    PLEASE EMAIL ME TO DISCUSS AN EVENT OR MAKE A BOOKING: lydiasyson@gmail.com

    I love talking to audiences of all ages and sizes, and take a very flexible approach to school visits and other events for children, teenagers and adults.  You can hear and watch me talking about my books here and on Youtube.

    My illustrated, interactive talks are ideal for supporting literacy across the curriculum and all versions can be be booked with a creative writing workshop that makes use of primary sources. Events can be delivered with a focus on English, History, Spanish or French. As well as inspiring students to write historical fiction themselves, and encouraging them to see the history all around them, That Burning Summer events offer excellent support for KS3 work on the WW2 Home Front and GCSE History courses covering Britain at War (1939-45)  Talks can also be adapted to integrate history and literacy in Year 6 work on the WW2 Home Front. A World Between Us supports Spanish Civil War units in Highers and AS level history, but also gives invaluable background to the build up to WW2. Liberty’s Fire works particularly well for Year 12 historians who have studied the French Revolution, providing an overview of upheavals in France in the 19th Century, culminating in the Franco-Prussian War, Siege of Paris, and Paris Commune. All my areas of expertise are great topics for sixth-form enrichment, extra-curricular talks and EPQs.  I use vivid primary sources of all kinds, always include readings from the novels and plenty of discussion, and my books are an excellent demonstration of how the resources lurking in archives, libraries and museums can be brought to life. I also offer creative writing workshops for young people and adults.

    Download and print full event details here: Lydia Syson School Visit Information 

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