Saturday 14th July: The start of the Children’s Summer Reading Scheme. My local Library is hosting a special event with several authors, including me, in attendance to meet the children, their parents and anyone interested to answer any questions they may have about the publishing process as well as offer mini-workshops. For more information read my blog post here.
Thursdays 18th and 25th January: A new round of school visits is taking place at my local library again this year and I shall be reading ‘The Thirsty Flowers’ to a new audience. Both these groups are 4-5 year olds from the two Reception classes. I shall be joined by another local children’s writer, Ann Scantlebury, who will also be reading one of her stories.
It seems I am still being lax about adding to this page, though I do write about what I am up to on the blog page. Now that my new children’s story book “The Thirsty Flowers” is available things should start moving again. First up:
Thursday 9th March: I will be at my local library reading my new book “The Thirsty Flowers” to a group of Nursery class children from my local Primary School. There may also be time to read some poems from “Barking at Nothing.” This is the first of a series of three visits to the library over the coming weeks.
Further to the above the local school found it necessary to change the dates around, consequently I had a group of 6-7 year old to read to on this occasion and I read them my as yet unpublished story for 5-8 year olds called ‘Demolition Dan.’ The children have produced some wonderful pictures and I will be sharing some of them on the’School Visits’ page soon (although this is not strictly a school visit!)
Saturday 11th March: Official launch of “The Thirsty Flowers”. I will be signing copies of the book at my local children’s clothing store which currently stocks the book from 10.00am until 12.00 noon.
Thursday 16th March: The second of my three Library visits. This is in conjunction with the local Poetry Group, of which I am a member, and five of us will be going along to share poetry with a class of 9 year olds.
Thursday 4th May: My final visit for this series of three visits. This time it will be the Nursery Class. As noted above I will be reading “The Thirsty Flowers” to them and possibly some poems from “Barking at Nothing”.
Once again we have been slow to update this page. However there are some forthcoming events we would like to bring to your attention:
Saturday 15th September is the Stafford Arts Festival Local Authors Book Fair at the Shire Hall, Stafford. Elizabeth will be on hand to sign copies of her books and will also run a workshop for both children and adults on writing the Dutch ‘Elfje’. A web page with full information about this event has been set up HERE.
Wellington Literary Festival (29th September – 20th October) Wellington, Shropshire. Local authors will be available to sign books and talk about their work in Wellington Library each Saturday. Elizabeth will be found in the children’s section on the last day – October 20th. Visit the Official Festival website HERE for full details and to download a programme.
Kimberley Book-Worm Day, 6th October at Kimberley, Nr. Nottingham. This is the culmination of a programme of events to encourage schoolchildren with reading and writing. Various authors will be ‘mentoring’ local school children. Elizabeth will be mentoring the children of Mornington Primary School about poetry writing. Further details will be posted later.
On Friday 4th November 2011 Elizabeth will visit Church Eaton Primary School in Staffordshire to read from “Barking At Nothing” and run workshops on poetry with year group classes 3 and 4.
This has been a busy year and unfortunately this page has not been regularly updated. However most events have been reported in our Blog. Amongst our activities, earlier in the year we attended a Book Fair at Stafford Library. On September 17th we celebrated the Launch of “Collecting Cobwebs, Gathering Brambles”, Elizabeth’s new book of poems which includes a collection by her late uncle Jack Williamson at Stafford Arts Festival and Book Fayre and then on 8th October we attended a Book Festival and Fayre run by New Writers UK (www.newwritersuk.co.uk) in Nottingham. It is hoped to attend more events in the run up to Christmas.
Elizabeth will be signing copies of “Barking at Nothing ” at the above venue on Monday 6th, Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th December from 9.00am until 12.00 noon. The book will make an ideal Christmas present or stocking filler for any child. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like Elizabeth to sign books at your pre-Christmas event.
8th October 2010
Elizabeth will be signing copies of her children’s poetry book “Barking At Nothing” at a Musical Variety Evening being held by the Stafford branch of The Friends Of The Donna Louise Trust at the White Eagle Polish Club in Stafford. Tickets are £8 each.
More information will be added here when it becomes available.
18th September 2010
Stone Literary Festival – Children’s Book Fair. Elizabeth will be reading from and signing copies of “Barking At Nothing” at this event, which takes place all day in The Market Square and High Street in Stone, Staffordshire. For more information about this event see www.stonebookfestival.co.uk
26th June 2010
Eccleshall Festival Street Market, Staffordshire. Elizabeth will be signing copies of “Barking At Nothing” at this event along with fellow Eccleshall author R H Stewart who will be signing copies of his teen-fiction novel “The Devil’s Creature in the City of the Dead”. (www.thedevilscreature.co.uk) “Mission Scapula” will also be available to purchase at the event, which takes place all day. Look out for the Eccleshall Writers stall, near the Library, in support of the Donna Louise Trust.
3rd June 2010
Official Launch of “Barking At Nothing”, a new book of verse for children by Elizabeth Leaper, which will be sold in aid of The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust. There will be a hand-over of a presentation copy of the book to the Donna Louise Trust at their Hospice “Treetops”.
Signing Sessions will be held at the three shops which support the charity from 10.30am -12.30pm on the following dates:
Saturday 12th June – Stone
Saturday 19th June – Hanley
Saturday 3rd July – Leek
Elizabeth Leaper is a former Primary school teacher and is available for school visits. If you would like to have Elizabeth visit your school please email your request via our Contacts page.