Nicola is such a brilliant writer and her enthusiasm with the children was wonderful. 

It’s a rare thing to find an author who is so at ease with such a large group of children and she had them eating out of the palm of her hand.

We can’t wait to get her back for another school visit very soon.

Ben Moorhouse, Our Bookshop, Tring

I speak at schools, festivals and other events.

“We were so lucky to have the wonderful Nicola Skinner at our Children’s Book Week 2019.

Nicola utterly inspired the many young readers and aspiring writers that came to her event.

Bloom is such a beautiful book brimming with hope, but also humour and whimsical wildness that you cannot fail to be captivated by it, as were the children who heard her talk!”

Octavia Emanuel, owner of Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester

School visits

I am delighted to be able to offer both in-person or virtual school assemblies and visits. I can deliver:

  • A 30 minute Q&A and reading session (Zoom only)
  • One 45 minute presentation around a book of your choosing (Bloom, Storm or Starboard) with plenty of time for readings and Q&A afterwards.
  • For something more tailored, just ask.

Signed bookplates and bookmarks can be sent ahead in advance. Please email me at to discuss your requirements.

Festivals and other events

For festivals or any other events, please contact HarperCollins at:

Nicola was an utter joy to work with for our Joy of Reading event this year.

The session was fun and engaging, not only did the children love listening to her stories and having their questions answered but also taking part in readings or watching their classmates read and act scenes with Nicola.

Nicola had genuine time for each individual child which was just so lovely to witness and her enthusiasm was contagious.

Shannen Rock, Widening Access Officer, University of Hertfordshire