Susan Brownrigg is the author of the Gracie Fairshaw series, and Kintana and the Captain's Curse.
Susan offers both virtual and in person events.
Gracie Fairshaw mysteries
Susan will explain how a real Blackpool events and places inspires her Gracie books. She talks about why representation matters in children's books and how her family and working-class background influenced her writing. Susan reveals how she brought the 1930s to life by exploring Blackpool's seaside heritage in person, just like Gracie.
This presentation is particularly suitable for Key Stage 2 and can include a reading, Q&A & book signing.
Kintana and the Captain's Curse
Voyage back to Madagascar, 1733 and discover how two real life pirate Captain's influenced Susan's new adventure. Find out what life at sea was like for young pirates and how Kintana's island really was home to dozens of pirates. Learn how the wildlife of Madagascar influenced her plot including elephant birds, curious aye-ayes with long middle fingers and giant hissing cockroaches.
This presentation is particularly suitable for Key Stage 2 and can include a reading, Q&A & book signing. Susan can dress in pirate costume.
Susan is a Lancashire lass. She currently works as a library information assistant. She has worked in heritage and wildlife education for 12 years, including a summer season as an education assistant at Blackpool Zoo where she worked alongside ring-tailed lemurs, giant tortoises and Madagascan hissing cockroaches! Her most recent role was learning manager at Norton Priory Museum. Her first career, lasting ten years, was as a journalist and sub-editor for Liverpool Daily Post & Echo Weekly newspapers.
Susan has delivered EYFS, KS1 & KS2 school sessions onsite and as outreach. She has recently delivered a series of author talks + Q&As to North West primary and secondary schools in association with Beyond Books.
£30 25 minute talk + 35 minute Q&A via ZOOM or Microsoft Teams.
Writing workshops for KS2:
1) A postcard from Blackpool!
A fun hour-long workshop using maps and real postcards sent by visitors to Blackpool in the past.
2) Hold the Front Page!
A fun hour-long workshop using old newspapers and magazines.
Cost £100 + travel expenses per workshop.
Susan can also be booked for evening and weekend visits and talks at libraries, bookshops and group meetings in person or via ZOOM or Microsoft Teams.
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"We loved meeting our bookpenpals author Susan Brownrigg today. Thank you so much for telling us about your life as an author and answering all our questions and teaching us about Eccles Cakes! The children were so excited to meet a real author, and it will really inspire their reading and writing." Baguely Primary School, Wythenshaw.