Limited availability! Free 30-minute interactive sessions for inner city schools or schools in deprived areas. Please message me if your school is eligible.
Find a handy 50-page teaching resource on the Quicksmiths website - with a focus on critical thinking and playful learning (thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England).
Visit the Puzzles and Activities tab of the Quicksmiths website - you'll find riddles, origami videos, crosswords, word searches and more - all free and available to download.
"What a delight it was to receive a visit from Loris on World Book Day! The children at Morehall Primary School in Years 4, 5 and 6 were treated to an insight into the world of Kip and the mind of a truly child-centric author. Since Loris' visit, children have been 'chomping at the bit' to begin reading or listening to The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith. We're now sharing the book in episodes at the end of each day in Year 6 and the children are simply loving it!"
"I chose Loris Owen’s 'The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith' in the Year 6 into 7 sessions because it’s engaging, funny and paints great characters and I know it will appeal to a wide variety of students and inspire them to be creative. It has been a delight to work with Loris, to learn more about her book, her inspiration and her writing process."
"The children, myself and the Head Teacher thought your session was absolutely wonderful. Those who participated were so keen to encourage others to read and were inspired to continue writing after the session had finished."
I love doing events (especially if I can wear my flying squirrel onesie) - so please get in touch! I have public liability insurance and am DBS checked for volunteer work. These sessions are highly interactive with oodles of sideways thinking, wordplay and giggles.
Workshops incorporate the following in varying degrees:
- creative learning that breaks down the walls between science and the arts
- giving children the freedom of thought that allows them to change their world for the better
- inspiring confidence through sharing ideas, group activities and building on existing knowledge
Sessions with riddles additionally encourage imaginative problem-solving in the form of Sideways Thinking (i.e. looking at puzzles and creativity in a different way).
Read on to find out more about the different sessions.
Please use the contact form to get in touch.
30-minute session - The Real Science behind Quicksmiths
30-minute session - Puzzles and Games can make your Writing Better
30-minute session - Make-believe Animals in Literature
Each session is created around one of four themes:
Workshops are tailored for Years 5, 6 & 7. For Year 4, please see the shorter sessions above.
Tips and tricks for solving problems, keeping your mind flexible and finding new angles
Why Daydreaming is Good for You
Relaxed minds perform better
Escaping into invented worlds and imaginary journeys
Usually I only charge for travel costs and giveaways - please get in touch with your dates.
"Thanks Loris, it's been brilliant fun! Time bananas!"
"I think the Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith is an exciting book - even in the first chapter, there are lots of plot twists and lots of questions which need answering. I can't wait to find out who sent the golden coin!"
"I think it was really awesome to hear about a new book as I haven't heard about a book that interests me in a long time and this one did."
"I love that you can solve the riddles inside the book and send them to Loris to win a prize."
"The video that introduces Loris' story is entertaining; I like the way it was set out. And that's coming from someone who doesn't really like books!"