Meet an author


We have some very special children’s authors lined up to share their writing hints and tips

Meet Helen Rutter

The Nystagmus Network invites children aged 7 years and up to a FREE interactive workshop with Helen Rutter, author of The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh. Helen will share her passion for writing, her inspiration and what she plans to write about next. You can send your questions for Helen in advance to raindrops@nystagmusnet.org

Tuesday 20 April: 4:30 to 5:30pm

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh and author Helen Rutter

Helen Rutter lives in the countryside just outside Sheffield with her comedian husband, two children and two dogs, Ronnie and Billy Whizz. Before writing her first novel, Helen wrote and performed her work on the stage. She has even done some stand up comedy – some of the inspiration for The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh! Before that she was a jobbing actress. Her very first role was playing Ruby in Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act, so maybe she was always destined to be involved with children’s books! Helen now much prefers to write the stories than be in them!

Book the Zoom workshop with Helen here

Order Helen’s book on Amazon Smile here

Meet Tim Pearce

Children aged 7 years and up are invited to join a FREE interactive workshop with Tim Pearce, author of Secret Agent Striker. Tim will share his passion for writing, his inspiration and what he plans to write about next. You can send your questions for Tim in advance to raindrops@nystagmusnet.org

Monday 10 May: 4:30 to 5:30pm

The front cover of Tim Pearce's book - Secret Agent Striker

Tim is a Sunday Times best selling author … in his dreams, described by many as creative, passionate and short.  In his spare time when not writing Tim is a football coach at Camberley Town Youth Football Club which has provided much inspiration to his books. Tim’s mission is to create stories that keep children’s attention with enough mystery to leave them wanting to read more, encouraging them to put away technology and use their imagination whilst hopefully finding a new love for reading. 

Book the Zoom workshop with Tim here

Order Tim’s book on amazon Smile here

Meet Claire Alexander

The Nystagmus Network welcomes children aged 7 years and up to a FREE interactive online workshop with Claire Alexander, author of A Little Bit Different and her new book A Little Bit of Courage. Claire will share her passion for writing and illustration her inspiration and what she plans to write about next. You can send your questions for Claire in advance to raindrops@nystagmusnet.org

Thursday 17 June: 4:30 to 5:30pm

Claire Alexander lives in London and is a picture book author and illustrator. She runs courses on creating picture books as they are her passion. As a child she pored over illustrations in picture books and loved drawing from an early age. She remembers being asked by friends to draw rabbits for them, but found reading very difficult. She only learned she was dyslexic and dysgraphic much later on in life. That explained her frustration and humiliation in the classroom and on the scrabble board. She wrote her book Back to Front and Upside Down based on her experiences, to help children overcome the shame of asking for help.

Book the Zoom workshop with Claire here

Order Claire’s books on Amazon Smile here and here