WIN A FREE VIRTUAL SCHOOL VISIT

Sadly, due to Covid19, I am not currently offering live events, but I’ve come up with some great ways for us to connect online. To celebrate, I’m running a competition over on Twitter where schools can win a free virtual author visit worth up to £75. You’ll find more details of my virtual author visits below but you’ll need to pop over to Twitter via the link below to enter.

All virtual visits include a free online book signing. Closing date 13th September.

VIRTUAL VISITS MENU

Skype /Zoom Chat

£50 for 30 minute session





Choose to watch an introductory video with a reading from Princess BMX in advance of the session or a reading can be incorporated. A range of Princess BMX resources are available to schools who wish to follow up the chat with Princess BMX inspired creative writing or BMX themed activities.  

Ideally this would be a class discussion though happy to chat if the school wants a bigger group.

#BeMoreBMX assembly style  presentation with reading and Q and A  

With themes of resilience, smashing stereotypes and developing a positive extreme sporting attitude, my assembly style presentation will leave children rearing to defy the limits others put on them and #BeMoreBMX. Includes a look at my writing journey and of course some extreme sporting video clips!  

£75 for 45 minute session




A range of Princess BMX resources are available to schools who wish to follow up with some writing or BMX themed activities.  

While no limit on numbers, given the event is streamed via your preferred platform, schools will need to be mindful of logistics and the specific needs of pupils.
Live Workshop  

Princess BMX Character Mash – using a Top Trumps style format, children will develop their own fairy tale character and send them off on an exciting adventure!

Through the Portal – travel through the portal and build your own fantasy world.  

£75 for 45 minute session  


Both workshops include drawing and writing exercises and are appropriately scaffolded so as to appeal to even the most reluctant writers.

Shorter workshop includes Q and A and more time to share the children’s work. Follow up activities will be provided so that the children can turn the activity into a short story.  



Maximum of 30 / One Class  

Session tailored to school requirements

£100 for 60 minute session
  Let’s chat about your requirements!  

WHY CHOOSE ME FOR YOUR EVENT?

Loved by BookTrust and recommended by the Gender Collective, Princess BMX is not only fun but offers a range of educational opportunities – see the Reading Guide for further information. Couple this with my extensive experience of school visits, delivering writing workshops and participating in other book related activities and you are assured a quality event that will engage and inspire your pupils.

An adaptable and professional learning practitioner, with an MA in Creative Writing, I have been commissioned to develop a wide range of schools outreach and enrichment work for organisations including Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), the Portico Library, Writing on the Wall, Connell Sixth Form College and Marsden Library. So you can be assured, your event is in safe hands.

Marie is such an outstanding writer and practitioner who is passionate about sharing her creativity with pupils of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including those who have EAL and SEN. Feedback from teachers and pupils has been overwhelmingly positive and is a testimony to Marie’s ability to engage and inspire the next generation of creative writers.
Claudia Conerney, Schools Liaison Coordinator, MMU.

You’ll find more details about my events on my school visits page. Or drop me a line at riewriting@gmail.com.

Photos courtesy of Martyn Ode, St Oswalds.

Princess BMX Competition – Teachers’ Guide

With writing prompts, discussion notes and a detailed synopsis and author notes, the Princess BMX reading guide contains everything you’ll need to enjoy Princess BMX in the classroom.

I hope you’ll find it useful. To help spread the word I’m running a competition where teachers can win a copy of Princess BMX and their very own Tyson. See below for details.


The short chapters and fast moving action make it an ideal class reader, especially if exploring other Princesses to compare and contrast with, or if your class has an interest in BMX. It would also be a great addition to a class bookshelf as it would appeal to all and the sparkly cover is very inviting! I really enjoyed this book.
Just Imagine


Princess BMX in the Classroom

Princess BMX was listed in the Gender Collective Best Books 2019 – a round up for the absolute best books for smashing stereotypes and is also recommended by BookTrust. Themes explored include:

• Fairy tales and fantasy stories
• Expectations & freedom of choice
• Biking, skating and extreme sports
• Feminism & rebellion
• Comedy & humour
• Friendship & teamwork
• Non-conformity & challenging stereotypes

Competition

To win a copy of Princess BMX and your very own Tyson complete with chair and bobble hat, head over to Twitter by clicking on the embedded Tweet below.

Competition ends 22nd September 2019 and is open to schools/teachers only.

More irrepressible fun runs through Princess BMX (Chicken House) by Marie Basting, illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino. In the fairytale land of Biscotti, Princess Ava already annoys her dad with her lack of regal decorum – when she finds a portal through to real-life Camden Lock and starts learning BMX stunts, what could possibly go wrong? Evil aunties and fairy godfathers called Nigel combine with a streak of feisty rebellion to create a daft and delicious fantasy.
The Guardian, August Children’s and teens roundup: the best new picture books and novel

Win a Free School Visit

To celebrate the launch of Princess BMX, I’m teaming up with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival to offer primary schools in the North West the chance to win a free author visit.

Open to schools within a twenty-five mile radius of Manchester, I’ll choose one winner at random to receive an assembly presentation, KS2 creative writing workshop and book signing session.

To enter all you need to do is e-mail me by the 15th July 2019 with a few details. Download the leaflet below for more information on the competition and Princess BMX school visits and events.

Tyson the tea bag who accompanies me on all my school visits.

Princess BMX Smashing Gender Stereotypes

In this age of equality, are princess books still relevant? I stared at my Messenger Inbox, face contorted in such horror it would make Stephen King cry. What had I done to incite my friend Susan Brownrigg? Had I not liked her Tweets enough? Or maybe she was holding a grudge over something I’d said in a critique group back in 2017? Critique can do strange things to the mind.

The Scream – Edvard Munch, 1893

But when I delved deeper, I realised Susan wasn’t spamming me at all. Rather, she was presenting me with an opportunity. A chance to join the Gender Equality Collective’s* Twitter debate on the relevance of the princess in today’s children’s books.

I won’t lie, I was a bit apprehensive joining in. My book wasn’t even published yet and, according to these guys, it was already potentially irrelevant. Plus, I’d just spent fifty quid on a Princess BMX banner which if I say so myself is totally swag. Was I now going to have to bin it along with the several thousand princess books my publisher Chicken House were holding in a warehouse?

Me posing in front of the swag banner

But my overactive writer mind had had me worrying for nothing. The Gender Collective guys didn’t make me cry once with their mean accusations. In fact, there were no accusations at all: no princess bashing, no debut author ambush or telling me to get on my bike, no drama whatsoever. (Which on some levels was slightly disappointing because – as you can tell – I’m currently digging the dramatic.) Instead, what did happen was rather awesome when these lovely peeps later listed Princess BMX in their Best Books List.

GEC Best Books 2019 – Princess Books Smashing Stereotypes

I’ll let the Gender Collective explain:

Welcome to GEC Best Books 2019, we’re glad you’re here. Compiled by our GEC Community of parents, teachers, authors (and kids!), here is our round up of the absolute best books out there for Smashing Stereotypes.

Turns out we were in agreement all along. While it’s most definitely time to move on from the traditional fairy tale trope of the helpless princess waiting for prince charming, there’s a new generation of princesses smashing stereotypes. And Princess BMX, the feisty funny girl who prefers to hang out on the half-pipe rather than go to the ball, is delighted to be among them.

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*The Gender Equality Collective is a community of change which seeks to tackle gender imbalance and smash harmful stereotypes. Find out more and join me in signing their Gender Charter here.