This section provides contact details for authors and illustrators who visit schools and information about the kind of events they hold.

Barbara Mitchelhill
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Barbara Mitchelhill

Main titles

Secret Suffragette
Run Rabbit Run
Billyís Blitz
No 1 Boy Detective (series)
Eric & the Striped Horror (series).

Age Ranges

7 -9 + 9 -13

Preferred Event

Y3 and 4: No 1 Boy Detective - Gruesome Ghosts. A reading from the book followed by children to dress up and take part in a short play based on an extract from the book, followed by Q+A

Y5 and 6: Secret Suffragette A brief PowerPoint presentation about the suffragettes, a reading from the book followed a parade when the children dress up as suffragettes (girls), banner carriers (boys) and led by a band (boys). (This is very noisy but great fun!)
Lots of exciting history in this event. Q+A to finish.

An extra: I think it's sad that the youngest children miss out when an author visits. If the school would like me to, Iím always happy to drop into the infant classes and introduce myself and explain what I do. If there's time, I can read from one of my early readers books

Number of Sessions

Maximum of three

Size of Audience

I'm happy to talk to class sizes or large audiences

Home area


Regions Covered

60 miles of Stafford




Contact Details

Author's Comments

TYPES OF EVENTS I HAVE DONE: Literary Festivals, school visits, libraries, workshops

SCHOOL'S PREPARATION: After a discussion with the school about how they would like the day to go and what they would like the pupils to get from the event, I would like teachers to introduce one of my books and perhaps look at my website.

MY PREPARATION: My events are always very interactive and I enjoy bringing clothes, relevant to the book I'm talking about so that the children can dress up. This is always great fun.