Patron of Reading

What is a Patron of Reading?

Well, a POR is an author, like me, who works with a school over a sustained period of time and is there to excite and encourage your students to enjoy reading and writing.

Storytelling is something everyone can enjoy, from children to adults and as a Patron of Reading, that's what I would aim to do with every visit.


What's involved?

Every school is different, but just as a taster, I can:

  • Run writing workshops
  • Run storytelling days
  • Work with specific groups of children to encourage reading and writing
  • Tweet and blog about your school before and after the visit
  • Hand out awards and certificates
  • Run writing competitions
  • Create quizzes to include age appropriate story questions
  • Question & Answer sessions

But I can do anything you want to help make my visits fun and exciting for the students.

I've visited many schools and colleges, and my visits change every time to suit the needs of the school and students - let's make this fun!


How much does it cost?

The Patron of Reading website says:

"We recommend costs should be met for a patron’s visits in the same way as for any author visit.  These include the author’s fee for the day, travel costs and overnight accommodation (including an evening meal, if necessary)."

And the Society of Authors suggest a day rate should range between £400 and £500 per day.

Here are my prices:

Per day: £300

Three visits over the school year: £800*

Six visits over the school year: £1700*

* The multiple-visit prices are solely for schools who take me on as their Patron of Reading

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Visiting schools is nothing new to me, below you'll find a testimonial from a happy school:

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"Our Key Stage 3 pupils had the opportunity to work with a local author to help develop their writing skills and see what it takes to write a good story. Matthew delivered a workshop that involved readings from his popular book, followed by interactive activities that explored the characterisation of the characters.

Pupils also looked at the power of the opening sentence of a story, and got the opportunity to create their own opening line to a story that would grab the reader’s attention."

Savio Salesian College (School)

Make me your Patron of Reading.

Would you like me to be your schools Patron of Reading?

If so, fill in the form below, send me a message and let's make this fun!


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