What happens during a Margaret Ryan visit?
FUN, that’s what happens!
The author arrives and is (hopefully) greeted with a cup of tea; just milk no sugar, please.
A large table is required to lay out all the author’s stuff; books, galley proofs, colouring in sheets/ bookmarks, book jackets , costumes to dress up the children. (And adults too sometimes, so be warned!)
Each session lasts about an hour and begins with…
Numbers of children in a session.
You may put in as many (supervised) children as the venue will reasonably hold. About sixty children is the norm, though in a workshop situation twenty is plenty.
If there is going to be a major staff room war if a class is excluded, then add that class in too. (I used to be a teacher remember, I know about these things!)
The Commercial Bit. (Sorry)
In Scotland - the usual Live Literature rates apply; fee, travel, overnight accommodation, where necessary.
The Rest of the World - By arrangement.
Margaret Ryan also talks to adult groups e.g. Writers’ clubs, WRI, Rotary, Probus, teachers’ groups etc (Anyone who will listen really!)