It's a well-known fact ..
One of the best ways to encourage children to read and take an interest in books is to bring them face-to-face with an author, illustrator, story-teller or poet.
But finding a good speaker isn't always easy; fixing dates and finalising arrangements for the visit can be time consuming - and if you're a busy teacher, librarian, literacy advisor, or event organiser time is a precious commodity

Jan Powling knows this
For many years she organised National Book Festivals and conferences as well as events in schools and colleges.

For 16 years she worked on a well-known Children's Book Magazine and gained a reputation as a specialist children's book seller.

She's married to established children's author; Chris Powling, who for 10 years was head of a London Primary school.

In 1997, at the suggestion of a number of people in the book world, including the writers themselves, Jan set up Speaking of Books.

And now most leading writers, illustrators, and storytellers can be contacted through Speaking of Books. Jan knows them well and will give you reliable, informed advice about getting the right speaker for your individual needs

What Speaking of Books can offer you is this:

A fast, efficient service.

Access to a wide range of speakers.
Ease of booking - (one call to Jan or Ellie and they'll do the rest.)
Ease of organisation - (all travel arrangements and payments made via the agency.)
All the information you need to help you make your visit a success.
Posters & publicity material - (when available)
Books by the visiting author (on a sale-or-return basis - 10% commission to you).

To ensure your book event is efficiently organised, exciting & imaginative
call or FAX 020-8858-6616. or Email:
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