Tamsin Cooke

Twitter: Tamsin Cooke

Website: www.tamsincooke.co.uk

I’ve always lived with my head in the clouds, daydreaming about adventures in Narnia or how I’d enjoy befriending a  vegetarian vampire. And now I feel like one of the luckiest people alive because I get to do the same thing as an adult. I can still live in the clouds, make up stories and go on imaginary adventures. Basically I have never grown up!

Born in Lancashire to a Polish mum and English dad, I spent some of the first twelve years of my life in different countries.  I learnt to walk in South Africa, roller-skate in Florida and synchronise swim in Hawaii. Dad was a scientist, studying tiny bugs found in the sea, and my mum, sister and I followed him from place to place. Then during my teenage years we stayed in Lancaster.

As we were no longer travelling, I was finally allowed a pet. I’ve always been passionate about animals and I begged and begged for a pet I could cuddle, teach tricks and take for walks. They gave me a stick insect!

After secondary school and a year as a nanny in America, I moved to Bristol and studied English literature and teacher training. I was a primary school teacher for a number of years, which was the ideal job for someone who didn’t want to grow up.

Now I write full time and live in Somerset with my adrenalin-junkie family, soppy dog and twelve fish. I work in my very own writing room where my desk is actually a sewing machine. I am definitely living my dream.

School Visits

One of the best things about being an author is getting to meet my readers. I would love to come to your school or festival. I offer single, double or triple visits including interactive assemblies (presentations) and workshops. I bring props, photos, fun activities and most importantly inspiration. Presentations and workshops usually last an hour each and I am happy to sign books afterwards or in between sessions.

Presentation for Primary Age

I offer an interactive assembly aimed at KS2 where I talk about my journey to be a writer, the inspiration behind the books from The Scarlet Files Series. I explore spirit animals found in Aztec mythology and delve into the world of night vision goggles and grappling hooks. There will be photos, props and dressing up, and together we create an exciting adventure. If you think your younger children can cope, I am more than happy for KS1 to join us. Sometimes an hour is too long for them, but you know your children. I have presented half hour assemblies too.

I now offer an interactive Stunt Double assembly too where I talk about my inspiration for the book. We delve into the world of thrilling stunts and movie making. We look at how a scene is created- replacing the actor with his/her double. There are photos and videos from a stunt academy and stunt woman, as well as props and dressing up. We design and act out a movie trailer using the children's creative ideas.

Presentation for KS3

I offer an interactive assembly aimed at KS3 where I talk about my journey to be a writer, the inspiration behind the books from The Scarlet Files Series. I explore spirit animals found in Aztec mythology and delve into the world of night vision goggles and grappling hooks. I tell funny stories about incompetent robbers, skilled cat burglars, and explain the moral compass. There will be photos, props and dressing up if your students wish to.

I now offer an interactive assembly about Stunt Double too. We talk about my journey to be a writer, the inspiration for the book and the importance of research. We delve into the world of thrilling stunts and movie making. We look at how a scene is created- replacing the actor with his/her double. There are photos and videos from a Stunt Academy and a stunt woman, along with a quiz to see if you've got what it takes to be a stunt performer.

Smaller Groups/Workshops for KS2 and KS3

If you would like a workshop approach, I can work with groups up to 30. Because of the content, I tend to focus on KS2 and KS3. My workshops can be adapted so they suit ages 8 to 13. There will be props, story telling and lots of fun.

Possible workshops include:

Intrepid Explorers Wanted

But it wasn't me!

No, I can't transform now!

The Accidental Superhero!

Cat Burglars Wanted For a Daring Heist!

Creating Fabulous Heroes and Terrifying Villains

Designing a trailer for a brand new film

If you would like to see more, please head over to my website: Tamsincooke.co.uk  From there, you can contact me to discuss your individual requirements as well as my rates. I look forward to hearing from you.