The Magic of Reading
Ross’s unique show has children talking about books long after he finishes the fast-paced and funny one-hour. And not just the children – parents, librarians and teachers are inspired and amazed as Ross gallops through his entertaining talk. You’ll learn where this top-rated author gets the inspiration for his astonishing stories and embark on a madcap story-creation exercise (with prizes!), discovering the seldom-discussed secrets of successful writing.
As well as being terrifically educational, it’s all splendidly funny, with loads of audience participation and illustrated with slides, cartoons, sound effects plus a generous sprinkling of Ross’s spellbinding magic.
The Magic Of Reading – The inspiration behind Ross’s stories: making impossible things become real! Here you’ll learn how Ross comes up with startlingly original books, including some brilliant tips on creating stories of your own.
Lost & Found– the highlight of Ross’s presentation. A noisy and hilarious improvised story in which YOU come up with all the ideas, with prizes to be won for the best re-written story (no writing materials required – only your imagination!)
You won’t believe your eyes! Ross has performed magic all his life, and is a member of the prestigious Magic Circle. All presentations include funny and baffling book-related illusions involving members of the audience, from the eye-popping Time Travel Rope Magic to a stunning demonstration of mind-reading that leaves audiences gasping is astonishment.
Ages: Ross’s books are loved by children and adults from about the age of eight, with no upper limit. This talk is especially suitable for KS2 and KS3.
“Inspiring and hilarious…amazing!”
NLCS Junior School
“A brilliantly fun author event.”
Mrs SK, Librarian
“If anyone is looking to book an author event for KS2, book Ross – he’s awesome!”
SK, School Librarian
“Ross Welford was fantastic!”
Mr CT, Head teacher
“How to write an Awesome Opening” Workshop
A popular option matches Ross’s lively talk (above) with a writing workshop for smaller numbers, in which he teaches the elements of a great opening chapter. Students are given the tools to overcome “the fear of the blank page”, and to write a story opening that is exciting and engaging.
Along with visual clues on-screen, students are encouraged to consider creative written pieces as unfinished until they are re-written and given valuable encouragement and suggestions to achieve original, polished stories. (30-60 mins)
“After your workshop, the children cannot wait to get started on their stories!”
Mrs GW Year 6 teacher
Virtual School Visits
Ross has developed a special on-screen presentation that is perfect for schools that are unable to accommodate personal visits.
This combines the elements of his presentations that are best-adapted to the screen and includes live interaction with the children. Created during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, a “Virtual School Visit” is an excellent alternative to a live appearance.
Ross’s book talks and virtual visits are handled by the esteemed agency, Authors Aloud. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.