Library Services for Schools - Authors

Meeting a real live author has a positive impact with children and young people's reading skills, and their enjoyment and confidence in reading and writing. A report by the National Literacy Trust in 2019 found that pupils who had an author visit:

  • Were twice as likely to read above the expected level for their age (31% vs 17%)
  • Were more likely to enjoy reading (68% vs 47%) and writing (44% vs 32%)
  • Were more likely to be highly confident in their reading (37% vs 25%) and writing (22% vs 17%) 

Cumbria's Library Services for Schools has compiled a directory of recommended authors willing to visit schools in our county. Many of these authors are local to the area and it's fantastic to see that we have so much talent on our doorstep! 

We can support your school with author topic boxes where available - just get in touch. You may also find this link useful when planning your visit.

Book Trust - How to arrange an author visit

Sophie Anderson KS2

Author Sophie Anderson

Sophie Anderson profile

Sarah Dodd FS KS1 KS2

Sarah Dodd

Sarah Dodd profile

Fay Evans FS KS1

Fay Evans

Fay Evans profile

Liz Flanagan KS2

Liz Flanagan

Liz Flanagan profile

Katie Hale KS2

Katie Hale

Katie Hale profile

Gill Jepson KS1 KS2

Gill Jepson

Gill Jepson profile

Malcolm Judge KS2

Malcolm Judge

Malcolm Judge profile

Gabrielle Kent KS2

Gabrielle Kent profile

Tom Palmer KS2

Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer profile

Jenny Pearson KS2

Jenny Pearson

Jenny Pearson profile

Danny Rurlander KS2

Danny Rurlander

Danny Rurlander profile

Rachel Suddart EYFS KS1

Rachel Suddart

Rachel Suddart profile

Steve Weatherill FS KS1

Steve Weatherill

Steve Weatherill profile

Katherine Woodfine KS2

Katherine Woodfine

Katherine Woodfine profile