I was HUGELY inspired by author visits when I was my readers' age. As a result, I've always wanted to be the kind of writer who does a lot of school, library and bookshop events - and I'm thrilled to find that this part of my job has turned out to be even more enjoyable and rewarding than I'd hoped!
Since the publication in Sept '06 of my debut novel The Black Tattoo I've been building up as much experience as I possibly can, talking to groups of all sizes, from two to two hundred. I'm always looking for more opportunities. My core audience is 11-15 year-olds, but I'm more than happy to discuss all aspects of writing and the publication process with audiences of any age [even (gasp!) Sixth Form]. Here's a slideshow with some pics of me in action, waving my arms about in an excitable manner as usual:
If you're interested in having me come and do my stuff at a school, bookshop or library you know, then just drop a line to this address for further details:
I look forward to hearing from you!
'A very big thank you for your visit, which all the staff and students appreciated immensely. Everyone is still raving about it! It was fantastic to see students engage with your presentations and become inspired by the readings you gave. As a department and school, we would all like to wish you every continuing success and wait with eager anticipation for Tim to make his appearance! Kind regards, Lorna Hughes. The Marsh Academy, Oct 2007'
'I found that you coming to visit our school is inspiring enough but what was really great was the fact you were so down to earth about what you were saying. ...Thank you for coming and sharing your tips. I found you a true inspiration.' Jasmine, 13. 2nd July 2007
STOP PRESS: My debut novel The Black Tattoo has just (May '07) been endorsed by UK Education Secretary Alan Johnson and the School Library Association as one of the top 170 "Must-Read Books for Teenage Boys" in their current Boys Into Books initiative. Hurrah!
'Pupils at Pilton Community College were enthralled with author Sam Enthoven's rendition of his new book The Black Tattoo. English teacher Sheryl Arnold said: "His ability to draw his readers in with his vivid descriptions and drag them through the pages of his adventure, coupled with his wild enthusiasm for life, his book and his readers, made this visit one to remember for a very long time."' The North Devon Gazette, 20th Sept 2006