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 ****

Signed and Dedicated Copies of Princess BMX Available Now

It’s exactly one month until Christmas and we all know books make the best presents! Especially signed and personally dedicated copies of Princess BMX which you can now purchase from my local indie bookstore, Chorlton Bookshop.

Email, call or use the contact form on their website to order. Don’t forget to include details of who you’d like the book dedicated to and your delivery address. One of the lovely Chorlton booksellers will then be in touch to confirm postage and payment details.

Merry Christmas and an Extreme New Year!

VIRTUAL SCHOOL VISITS

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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. All virtual visits include a free online book signing.

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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  

Themes of resilience, defying stereotypes and developing a positive extreme sporting attitude. Includes a look at my writing journey and of course some extreme sporting video clips!  

£75 for 30-45 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 – develop your 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 30-45 minute session  




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!  

Please use the contact form or e-mail riewriting@gmail.com to discuss further.

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 Storytime

I’m starting to get the hang of this YouTube malarkey even if I do look like I’ve been tasered in every thumbnail. Here I am reading the opening to Princess BMX. Can you spot my ‘deliberate’ inside-outside mistake?

If you’ve enjoyed listening to this, Princess BMX is available via all good bookshops and some of the not so good ones.

You can order it online here:

Waterstones

Blackwells

Hive

Amazon

Or better still why not give your local indie bookshop a call? Lots of them are posting out books for a small fee.

Princess BMX FanArt Competition

My friend Louie Stowell, author of Dragon in the Library and The Monster in the Lake, recently surprised me with some Princess BMX fanart. This got me thinking about how wonderful it would be to launch my new YouTube channel with a competition to get you drawing too.

So get your pencils out and tag me with your Princess BMX inspired illustrations to win a signed copy of the book plus your very own Tyson the Teabag.

Full details in the video above.

Not read the book? Download the first chapter here for your FanArt inspiration: https://mariebasting.com/resources/

* Competition closes Monday 1st June 2020. The judge’s decision is final. UK entries only – although I’d still love to see your fanart if you live somewhere else!