Would you like me to visit your school or library in Scotland?

schoolvisitA few months ago, I signed up for the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Database. My profile is here. Applications for school visits have the following deadlines:

End of January- for visits to be made between 1st April and 30th November
End of September- for visits to be made between 1st December and 31st March

Basically, if approved, then this programme will fund half of my speaking fee and travel costs. So it’s a very good deal for places who don’t have a big budget for speaking fees, which is understandable with so many budget cuts.

I’d really like to do more school or library visits this year, so if you’re a librarian/teacher from a school anywhere in Scotland, please consider booking me through that website. If you’re a student or you know someone who might be interested in booking visits, please send them the link to this post or to that profile. Or, of course, book any other many fine authors on the database.

If you’d like to know more about past visits:

Hayward High School, Hayward, California, USA – 7 September 2012 (blog post)
MA Creative Writing, Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland – 22 February 2013 (blog post)
Dollar Academy, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland – 13 June 2013 (blog post)
Keith Grammar, Keith, Moray, Scotland – 19 June 2013 (blog post)
Gordonstoun School, Elgin, Moray, Scotland – 19 June 2013 (blog post)
California State University East Bay, Hayward, California, USA – 8 January 2014 (blog post)
Hayward High School, Hayward, California – 10 January 2014 (blog post)

I also have more information on my Visits & Events page.


“Laura did a Skype author visit to our Florida library, and despite being thousands of miles away, engaged our teen group with her reading and sharing of her experiences. She even listened to their work and gave valuable feedback! One of our best author visits to date.”

– Alexandra Phillips, SJCPL Librarian

“Laura spoke to my AP Literature classes at Hayward High in the fall and did an amazing job engaging a roomful of students and answering their questions. I had many students eagerly anticipating Pantomime’s release after her reading. Months later, several students informed me that they were not disappointed! We look forward to Ms. Lam returning next fall and connecting with even more students at Hayward High School. “

– Ms. Campbell, Hayward High School

“Laura spoke to a group of our Form 1 pupils and did a great job of engaging all the pupils and answering their questions. The visit was very popular and we’ll be sure to have Laura back to speak at the school again soon.”

– Tara Hepburn, Dollar Academy Librarian

“A fantastically well-written novel dealing with a sensitive subject in a uniquely creative way. Both my daughter and I can’t wait for the next book. We just need to know…”

– A Dollar Academy parent

“Laura was a guest speaker for our postgraduate creative writing programme, talking about the experience of writing her wonderful first novel, Pantomime. She was engaging, passionate and thoughtful – just like her prose. Highly recommended!”

– David Bishop, lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University


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