As you can see from the photos, I love doing school visits! In fact, the best thing about being a children’s author is meeting readers.

I am available for in-person & virtual school visits for P3-P7 (Scotland), KS2 years 3-6 (England & Wales).

My visits:

Haarville web imageSecrets, seaweed & scoundrels! 

For ages 9+  

In this visit we’ll learn how & why I became a children’s author and take a peek into my author’s toolkit. Then we’ll look at some of the ways I created the murky, misty world of my new book, Haarville, drawing on all of the senses. Along with a reading from the book and a Q&A, there’ll be a chance to create your very own fishy, sea-weedy menu inspired by the foraging skiIls of Haarville’s townsfolk.

Book cover hi res    Image 6

Monsters, mysteries & mayhem!

For ages 7+

In this visit we’ll learn how & why I became a children’s author and then delve into my author’s toolkit. We’ll also find out why writing funny stories is the best job in the world. I’ll read from one – or maybe even both – of my hilarious monster stories and answer your questions in a Q&A. There’ll also be time for an interactive game of ‘Monster Top Trumps’ or perhaps a wild ‘Werewolf Howl-Off’!

I also offer classroom-based workshops, either in addition to one of the above talks as part of a longer school visit, or as a stand-alone session. Examples of a workshop could include looking at creating characters, or building story settings.

If there are particular parts of the curriculum that you would like my visit to focus on to link in with your class activities (history, geography, poetry etc) then please just ask.

  • A typical school visit lasts for an hour.
  • My fees are in line with the Scottish Book Trust rate for an author school visit which is £175 plus expenses for a single session up to 90 minutes.
  • Book sales and signings can also be arranged.

Virtual School Visits 

My virtual school visits are extremely popular. In fact, they enable me to visit schools anywhere in the UK and beyond! A virtual visit can be as long or as short as you like. They are also an affordable way to bring a real-life children’s author into your classroom! 

  • My fee for a one hour virtual visit is £100.
  • Shorter sessions can also be arranged.
  • I can offer a variety of sessions for different year groups.
  • I have Zoom Pro – no cutting sessions short after 40 minutes!
  • Contact me to discuss details.


For Scottish Schools: I am on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature database; if you have access to their Live Literature funding, please book me via their website:

What they’re saying about me!

Justin really engaged the pupils. There were lots of laughs and he really sparked their imagination to read.’ Teacher, Lawhead PS, St Andrews.

What a super opportunity for the children to meet such an engaging author. Fostering a love of books early in a child’s life is such an important thing and Justin really hit the mark today.’ Teacher, Lawhead PS, St Andrews.

It was fun and amazing, he’s really inspired me to be a writer and to make books at home.‘ Pupil, Lundin Mill PS, Fife.

I enjoyed the visit because Justin was nice and told us things about writing that I didn’t know. The story was really good.’ Pupil, Lundin mill PS, Fife.

You have inspired me to be an author when I am older. Since you visited our school I have
been reading twice a day!‘ Isla, Year 4, Gorseybrigg Primary School, Derbyshire.

Since you visited our school, you have inspired me to become an author when I am older. I am now reading twice every day.‘ Finley, Year 4, Gorseybrigg Primary School, Derbyshire.

And here’s a fabulous book review from a pupil at St George’s School, Edinburgh: