School visits and April book club news

I’ve had a busy time, with a brilliant World Book Day visit to Teign School – read all about it on their BBC news site! – and a great workshop at Pilton Community College in conjunction with Barnstaple Library and Daisi, who promote ‘arts inspired learning’. Huge thanks to all the staff and students involved.

Meanwhile, the next meeting of the Waterstones Newton Abbot book club is all planned out. Our book for April is Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Chris Riddell, and we’ll be discussing other Neil Gaiman novels too. Plus there will be general book chat, writing exercises, snacks and fun! Join us on Wednesday 9th April from 3.30pm.

book club April

Publication month

Diary of a Mall GirlDiary of a Mall Girl is out next week and already shipping online!

Read my post about Interactive Writing at Girls Heart Books.

My next few months are full of exciting visits all over the country. I’ll try to post details here as soon as I can!

In the meantime, here are a couple of the things I’ve been getting up to…

– Launch of a new book club at Waterstones

In our first meeting, we discussed Wonder by R J Palacio. We also made clay figures and had fun describing their personalities. Thank you for coming along, lovely readers. I’m really looking forward to our next meeting!

– Writing Workshop at KEVICC

Thanks very much to King Edward VI Community College in Totnes for inviting me along. Read all about it here.

See pictures below.

Gifted and Talented Students – Visit from Author Luisa Plaja from KEVICC on Vimeo.


– World Book Day visit to Newton Abbot College – Thursday 7th March 2013.

I can’t wait. Happy World Book Day, everyone!

Torquay Community College visit

I’ve just found a lovely writeup of my World Book Day 2012 visit to Torquay Community College.

Huge thanks to all the wonderful students and staff!

Luisa Plaja at Torquay Community College

World Book Day visits 2012

I had a busy World Book Day this year, with a great visit to Newton Abbot College. (See their gorgeous display in the picture!)

It’s my fourth year in a row of visiting NAC on World Book Day, with my first visit being the publication day of Split by a Kiss. It’s practically a tradition…

Read more about the day in the Herald Express.

The next day, I went to Torquay Community College to talk to a group of students about writing and blogging. We had a brilliant time creating characters and discussing books.

Saturday was my book signing at Waterstone’s in Newton Abbot, where I chatted to some fantastic readers.

Thank you very much to all the wonderful students, teachers, readers, bloggers, staff and shoppers I’ve met in the past week!

National Libraries Day visit to Coombeshead Academy

In honour of National Libraries Day, I spent a great morning in a writing workshop with a Year 7 class at Coombeshead Academy. Find out more about what we worked on in my post at Girls Heart Books, and see me pictured in the Herald Express.

Herald Express article.

Readathon launch at KEVICC

I was recently involved in a school library Readathon launch.You can see pics of me in the slideshow below, and read more about it at the King Edward VI Community College site.

KEVICC visit, Girls Heart Books, Bookhi and Steph Bowe

I’m on Girls Heart Books following my recent school visit to King Edward VI Community College, with brilliant contributions from the students in answer to the question “Why read?”

This was inspired by an interview with me at Bookhi.

I’m also on teen author Steph Bowe’s fab blog as part of her Writing Bootcamp, with advice on how to revive your novel.

Picture above reproduced with kind permission of Classroom Free.

Thanks to Zoe, Steph and Classroom Free!


Holsworthy Community College visit

Appledore Book Festival 2011Big thanks to Holsworthy Community College for a warm welcome today and loads of great questions!

In case any of the students are reading this page after today’s visit, the links I mentioned during my talk are: Chicklish – teen book review site, and Girls Heart Books – group author blog.

I visited Holsworthy as part of the schools programme for the Appledore Book Festival, so huge thanks to them, too!

I'm at the Appledore Book Festival

Appledore Book Festival 2011

Appledore Book Festival runs from 24th September to 2nd October 2011 with many wonderful book-related events.

I’ll be there, taking part in the schools programme.

Find out more about Appledore Book Festival.

Wonderful World Book Day visits, 2011

World Book Day logo 2011In honour of World Book Day, 3rd March 2011, I recently visited lots of lovely schools.

Huge thanks to the staff and students of West Exe Technology College, Dawlish Community College, Coombeshead College and Newton Abbot College for making me so welcome and sharing your writing with me, as well as your opinions on various books… and so many great questions!

Thanks also to Joanne Wilson and Devon Libraries for inviting me to host a writing workshop at Newton Abbot Library at the end of February. I loved the stories everyone came up with and I hope I’ll get to see how some of them develop!

Some of my visits were mentioned in the Herald Express, 8th March 2011.

Here’s part of the report from Newton Abbot College:

A Wonderful World Book Day

Newton Abbot College library staff Jo Slade and Emma Reed arranged a fun packed day of activities for students on World Book Day (Thursday 3rd March). For the fourth year running, local author for teenagers Luisa Plaja, came in for most of the day. She gave a formal talk, played a group story telling activity and then ate in the library in the informal event called “Lunch with Luisa”! Poor Luisa found it hard to eat her sandwich as so many questions were fired at her by very enthusiastic fans and budding writers. Year 8 student Dylan Rudling said “It was really exciting to meet a real life author and to see how they juggle their every-day lives.”

And here I am with awesome Amber from Newton Abbot College:

Amber and Luisa World Book Day 2011