Do You Want the Chocopocalypse to Come to Your School or Venue?
The Great Chocoplot is perfect for primary school children. Chris has carried out interactive and fun whole school presentations, where he talks about his book, his ideas, his love of chocolate and some strange chocolate-y facts. For longer sessions a series of chocolate themed workshops (generally for Years 2 to 6) encourage pupils to develop their literacy skills by playing with words and using imaginative descriptions. The children have great fun creating their own story using the names of chocolate bars as part of their vocabulary.
Chris has joined forces with Authors Aloud, a fantastic organisation specialising in linking schools with authors. They will give you all the information and make arrangements for all of Chris's visits.
His fees are in line with the Society of Authors' recommended rates. Travel costs would need to be negotiated.
If you are interested in arranging a visit from Chris please find contact details here.
*** But please be warned: Chris cannot be held responsible for any chocolate related panic that might happen during or after his visit! ***
Kind Words from Previous Events.
“Chris was a pleasure to work with! He’s energetic, enthusiastic and very professional during preparation and delivery of the event. Our visitors really enjoyed his workshops and we wouldn’t hesitate to invite him back”
Natalie Wallace, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
“The chance to meet a ‘real-life’ writer and hear from Chris how he gets his ideas and puts them into stories has helped our children understand the writing process.”
John Walsh, Head teacher, Percy Main Primary, Tyne and Wear.
"Chris headlined the North Tyneside Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge programme in 2016 and became our Summer Reading Champion. He enthused so many children to take part in the challenge and enjoy reading over the summer. His ‘Meet the Author’ sessions were fantastic and had many children wondering what a world without chocolate would be like which resulted in many horrified ‘Chocolatepanicfaces’!"
Rachel Warkcup, Service Manager, North Tyneside Libraries.
“We loved having Chris Callaghan in our school. He not only encouraged children to read his book but the workshops also encouraged children to see the wider impact of writing a good story and using exciting vocabulary to give the reader lots of enjoyment.”
Alison Nicholson, Head teacher, Malvin’s Close Academy, Northumberland.
"Chris’s sessions at Stockton Libraries were fun and engaging and really helped to promote reading for pleasure over the Summer Reading Challenge with the children and families who attended. The sessions engage the children in writing and reading through the medium of chocolate and allows them to use their imagination to be creative and have fun which is what reading should be all about, it breaks down the barriers to reading being boring or not for me. We are looking forward to working with Chris in the future and have short listed The Great Chocoplot for Stockton Children’s Book of the Year as we feel it is a brilliant quirky read for children full of adventure."
Lucy Carlton-Walker, Children & Young Person’s Librarian, Stockton-on-Tees Libraries.
Upcoming Public Events
Sat 14th October 2017
Chris be visiting Alvechurch Library in Worcestershire to celebrate the successful readers of the Summer Reading Challenge, but also celebrating that The Great Chocoplot has recently won Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award!
Come along at 10:30am for lots of cheering, clapping and maybe some chocolatey chat too!
Tues 24th October 2017
The campaign focuses on encouraging parents to talk and read to their babies and children, strengthening the culture of reading across the region, and engaging businesses to play an important role in addressing the literacy challenge.
We'll be at intu Metrocentre (at the Town's Square Area - outside House of Fraser) in Gateshead to launch our Read North East campaign. Visit our stand to receive free books and tips and take part in fun children's activities, storytelling and performance poetry to help your child fall in love with reading.
I'll be there from 11am to 1pm, to talk about my love of storytelling and reading some of my own book.
Sat 28th October 2017
Chris will be meeting local Book Club members who have been (hopefully) enjoying reading The Great Chocoplot at Waterstones Durham. He'll be chatting about his chocolatey story and signing books (his own books, not JK Rowling's or David Walliams' books, he gets into trouble for doing that!), so please come along and say 'hello'. Or better still, shout 'Chocopocalypse!'.
Chris will be there from 11am until 2pm or later, if the queues are HUGE!! (He can dream, can't he!)
Previous Chocoplot Events
Since the launch of his debut book in March 2016, Chris has taken his Chocoplot Event to schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals throughout the UK and many venues including:
the Gloriumptious Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, the sparkly Attic of Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, The Northern Children's Book Festival Gala Day, celebrated World Book Day at Stockton Central Library, The Gosforth Book Festival, the Books on Tyne Festival in the glorious Lit & Phil, Glasgow's beautiful Mitchell Library Theatre (in front of 400 visiting children), the famous Wigtown Book Festival and took part in 2016's UK Young Adult and Children's Book Extravaganza (UKYACX).
The Great Chocoplot Big Friendly Read Tour!
This is a scheme which aims to encourage children to continue reading during the summer months.
To celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, the theme is The Big Friendly Read.
North Tyneside Libraries and Stockton Borough Libraries have asked me to visit many of their libraries during the summer to promote this brilliant scheme and talk about my book. I will even get the chance to hand out medals and certificates at the end of the summer to all those dedicated readers who read six books during their holidays.
I will be visiting:
August 2nd Monkseaton Library 3pm
August 4th Stockton Central Library 11am &
August 5th North Shields Library 3pm
August 19th Forest Hall Library 11am
August 26th White Swan Centre, Killingworth 2pm
August 30th Norton Library (Stockton) 11am &
Sept 2nd Wallsend Library 3pm
Sept 3rd Whitley Bay Library 2:30pm
Please come along if you can!
More details to follow soon.