Author Visits!

STOP PRESS: Are you thinking of booking me for an author visit?

Download my NEW Author Events eBook, which tells you everything you need to know about my school and library visits – from organising the day to how to get my books for your pupils on sale or return, with free delivery!

Tommy Donbavand - author events

Click here to download your copy!

North Ormesby Primary School

Hello and welcome to the information to read before a visit from children’s author, Tommy Donbavand. You’re reading this page because you’ve either booked a visit by Tommy to your school; you’re thinking of booking Tommy for an event; or you’re such an outright fan that you’ll read just about anything with his name on the front. Actually, that last one’s a bit odd – so lets hope it’s not that.

On this page (and in my downloadable Author Events eBook), I’ll tell you exactly how you can make the visit run as smoothly as possible – for your pupils, your staff and for me, too. I’ll also include details of some of the worst events I’ve been booked to run and explain exactly what went wrong – although I’ll be sure to change the names of those involved to protect the innocent…

So, click ‘print’, boil the kettle (mine’s a tea, no sugar) and let’s prepare for a day your pupils will never forget…

Here are the sessions on offer…


Idea Busters (one hour, up to 40 pupils, suitable for years 3,4,5,6,7)
Writing a story is brilliant fun – if you can come up with an interesting idea to begin with!  In Idea Busters, I show your pupils three fast and fun ways to brainstorm ideas so exciting they’ll fight to put pen to paper!

This workshop is fast, fun and furious – and you won’t believe the range of ideas your pupils come away with.  Your pupils will require sheets of paper and pens or pencils.

Character Crazy (one hour, up to 40 pupils, suitable for years 3,4,5,6,7)
A story is nothing without compelling, three-dimensional characters – but they can be difficult to create.  In Character Crazy, I teach your pupils two tried and tested techniques for coming up with a cast for their stories.

You may be surprised to find that your pupils like their new characters so much that they invent new stories just to write about them!  Everyone will need paper and a pen.

Giant Crabs Ate My Brain! (one hour, any number of pupils – really!, suitable for years 3,4,5,6,7)
Have you ever wondered why a seemingly normal person would want to write about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night?  Well, in this session I tell all – and much, much more besides.

It all started on a Welsh camping trip that saw me destroy most of my family’s belongings (no, really!), and continued through episodes of kidnapping, lemonade bottle hurling and punching my baby brother in the face on Christmas morning.

Giant Crabs Ate My Brain! is an anarchic author talk in which I reveal a lot of secrets, invite pupils up to explore where stories come from, and answer as many questions as your school can throw at me.

Lots of laughter and guaranteed to cause queues in your library for my books!

More more detailed information, testimonials and prices, download my author events eBook here or email me at