August 03, 2017

How to get an author to visit your school!

I recently had the opportunity to visit two small schools located in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. The staff and students from Wingello Primary, Penrose Primary and Bundanoon Primary Schools were so engaged, interested and appreciative of my visit and I would honestly consider these visits to be high points in my month.  The girls and I even rated a story in the local paper.

When I was growing up in semi rural Sydney, the idea of actually meeting one of my favourite authors was something that I could never have dreamed of – I always imagined they were locked up in quaint little English country cottages, hunched over their typewriters! As it turns out, three of my absolute writing heroes, Johanna Spyri, Anna Sewell and Enid Blyton had all died before I was even born.

It is very much the way of things now, that authors want and, indeed, need to get out to meet the fans and, for me, one of my greatest joys is being able to meet the amazing children who inspire me to write. I regularly hear from fans who wonder how they can organise to meet me or visit their school- so, I thought that I would give you some ideas:

  • You could ask your teacher/Librarian to make contact via email or my website My touring schedule is organised up to a year in advance but, I will always try my very best to ensure to make school visits a priority (after all, I used to be a teacher). Although I live in Sydney I tour interstate throughout the year and have visited every state and territory in Australia in the past couple of years.
  • In November, as part of the Premier’s Reading Challenge in New South Wales, schools will have the opportunity to be part of a special video conference, so that students at multiple schools will have a chance to meet me,  ask questions and hear about Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and, of course, the new series, Kensy and Max. I recently participated in BookFest which was another Videoconference initiative of the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge and it was fabulous good fun. I know it’s great to be there in person but this has to be the second best thing!

  • You could enter the Premier’s Reading Challenge Words and Art 2017 Competition- guess what- the prize is an author visit from guess who? Or perhaps you might choose one of the two amazingly talented Gus Gordon or Will Kostakis.You can see all the details and enter HERE


And there are always bookshop events as well and launches – so even if I don’t get to your school there are lots of other avenues you can explore. Check my events page for details.

Hope to see you somewhere out there soon.








It is such a shame I live in Queensland so I can’t enter. 🙁

August 11, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Tamara K


    Same here!

    August 13, 2017 at 11:07 am



    I live in Victoria so I can’t enter either

    August 26, 2017 at 3:21 pm



      I so want Jacqueline Harvey to visit, but we’re a co-ed school so I don’t think the boys at my school will particularly enjoy it ( which is an awful shame )

      May 25, 2018 at 9:22 pm


        my school website, worth a try!

        May 25, 2018 at 9:26 pm

          Jacqueline Harvey


          Hi Peyton,

          You need to get your librarian to get in touch with me and then we can see about a visit. I’d love to come to your school but it depends on the teachers too.

          Best wishes,

          May 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

        Jacqueline Harvey


        Hi Peyton,

        I can assure you that boys love my talks and lots of boys enjoy my books. The new Kensy and Max series has a girl and boy as the main character and I have a fantastic spy presentation. Sometimes I speak in all boys’ schools so that isn’t a problem.

        Best wishes,

        May 26, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Sorry girls – we’ll just have to hope there is a competition in Queensland one of these days but in the meantime make sure you enter my monthly newsletter competitions – there are plenty of prizes up for grabs there!

    Best wishes,

    August 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Tamara K


Which boarding school did you teach at before you became a writer?

August 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    I taught at Gib Gate and Abbotsleigh. Gib Gate is the junior school of Frensham (and when I was there we occasionally had boarders in the junior school) and Abbotsleigh has boarders from year 7-12.

    August 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm



I live I Fielding, which is in New Zealand.

November 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm



Which school are you going to next

April 9, 2018 at 10:55 am

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