School Visits Information

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I’ve updated my website to ensure you can now find everything you need to know about booking a school visit – including fees and content – in one place.

Told by a careers advisor that girls like me don’t become writers, my school visits focus on encouraging others to smash stereotypes and defy the limits put on them by adopting a BMX mindset. An Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Met University, Outreach Tutor for The Portico Library and Writer in Residence at Writing on the Wall, I have extensive experience of delivering both virtual and in-person events to children and adults.

To get a feel for what I offer, check out this photostream of my #BeMoreBMX assembly at St Oswald’s. I can’t guarantee a BMXer but I do promise flying teabags, bouncing eyeballs and lots of empowering fun! Interested? Then full details of my school visits can be found here.

***** And I still have limited availability around World Book Week ****

Free Princess BMX Event Marks Countdown to 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships

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With two years to go until the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships take place in Glasgow and across Scotland, I’m super excited to help mark the countdown, alongside two-time Olympic gold-medallist and Track Cycling World Champion Katie Archibald, with a free event hosted by Glasgow Life’s Aye Write and Wee Write book festivals.

Katie’s event was broadcast live on the 24 August and be available to watch on demand for three weeks.  To watch for free, please subscribe to the Glasgow Live Vimeo account.

My event, pitched at children 7+ will be available to watch from 10am on Monday 6 September until 10am on Monday 18 October 2021. You’ll find full details here but I’ve also pasted the blurb below!

As part of the celebrations over 2000 copies of Princess BMX will be given away for free and distributed throughout Glasgow Life’s libraries across the city. Books can be picked up from Monday 6 September from any open library.

But if you don’t live in Glasgow there’s good news for you too as Princess BMX will be back in stores very soon and I’ll be offering some free virtual Q and A sessions to schools along with the opportunity for children to buy signed books. More details soon!

#BeMoreBMX with Marie Basting

#BeMoreBMX with Marie Basting

Join Marie Basting, author of Princess BMX, in her quest to find the extreme sporting hero within all of us. 

With their resilience and team spirit, there is so much we can learn from BMXers. Marie talks about her own childhood and the limits others tried to put on her.  She will talk about how she came to write a book about a BMXing princess and why adopting an extreme sporting mindset is the key to achieving your ambitions.

Also get a chance to create your very own upside-down fairy-tale adventure, and lots of laughs, learn all about this world of bikes and radical adventures while discovering why you too need to #BeMoreBMX!! 

Suitable for: Ages 7+