Inspirational Primary School visits to encourage creative writing

Debi and Rolo


I offer primary school visits charging mileage to and from Marlborough and prefer to visit two schools in a day on farther flung trips. I like to speak to an assembled Key Stage 2 for approximately 45 minutes and explain what inspired the books, read extracts and also share story ideas with a view to encouraging children to write their own fantasy stories. Author fee waived if an agreed number of books are sold during and up to a week after the visit.

Creative writing workshops for KS2 available. Please ask for fee information.

Contact me directly for more details and bookings.

A complete list of schools visited follows below. I have also ‘dragoned’ schools in Bahrain and Beijing – dragons to China! Now that was an exciting trip! In have taken dragons to Jakarta (Global Jaya International School) and also opened the first childrens literature presentation at UBUD writers festival in Bali. Quite surreal to be translated live and I had to remember to speak slowly and pause at the end of a statement!

Schools visited with The Secret Adventures of Rolo since March 2014

Abbeymead • Abbots Ann • All Saints Netheravon • Amesbury Archer • Andover Primary • Ashbury • Ash Grange • Banstead Community Junior School • Barnburgh • Barton Stacey • Basildon • Beacon Rise, Bristol • Bedenham • Bibury • Binsted • Bishops Cannings • Bishopstone • Bramley • Brinkworth • Broad Hinton • Bulford St Leonards • Burbage • Byfield • Castle Mead • Caversham Park • Charter • Chichester Free School •Chickerell• Christ the King Amesbury • Corpus Christi • Chilton Foliat • Compton • Corsham Regis • Crescent, Eastleigh • Crookesbroom • Crowthorne • Dauntseys Academy • Dinglewell • Dormansland • Dr Souths, Islip • Emmer Green • Enborne • Eton End• Even Swindon• Felbridge • Fir Tree Newbury• Fontmell Magna, Dorset • Francis Baily Thatcham • Frenchay • Frogmore • Furzefield • Fynamore • Godalming • Godstone • Great Binfields • Great Ballard, Earthem • Hamsey Green • Hawkedon • Haydon Wick • Hayfield Lane • Heddington, Calne • Hexthorpe • Heywood Prep • Hillcroft • Holly Lodge Ash Vale • Holyport • Holy Trinity Sunningdale • Hungerford Primary • John Rankin Juniors Newbury • Kennet Valley • Kings Lodge Chippenham • Lambs Lane • Keep Hatch • Kingfield • Knowl Hill • Lawn • Lea and Garsdon • Leighterton • Lethbridge • Little Houghton • Longford • Long Lane, Tilehurst • Long Leaze • Long Toft • Lowbrook Academy • Lyneham• Malmesbury • Maybury Woking • Mead, Hilperton • Medstead • Mexborough (Doncaster Rd juniors) • Micheldever • Mill Rythe, Hayling Island • Millbank Cardiff • Millbrook Wantage • Minety• Moat • North Downs • North Waltham • Norwood, Eastleigh • Oare • Ogborne St George • Old Sarum • Orchard Fields Banbury • Orchid Vale • Owston Park • Park Primary • Powell’s • Preshute • Northern Parade, Portsmouth • Nutfield • Priory, Christchurch •Queen’s Crescent •Queen Margaret Tewkesbury Radyr • Ramsbury • Rangeworthy • Red Oaks • Riverbridge • Rowdeford, Devizes • Rushall • Sambourne • Scawsby Saltersgate • Seagry •Shalbourne • Sharpness• Shawley • Sherborne St John Basingstoke• Shrewton• Southbroom St James Devizes • Southill • Southwick (Trowbridge) • St Amands • St Annes Chertsey • St Cuthberts Infants and Juniors Wells• St Dunstans, Calne • St Edmunds Abingdon • St Finians Thatcham • St Gabriels Newbury • St Ives Haslemere • St Johns Portsmouth • St Johns Warminster • St Josephs Malmsbury • St Josephs Newbury • St Marks, Salisbury • St Martins, Reading • St Marys Bicester • St Matthews Liss • St Michaels, Figheldene • St Michaels, Sunninghill • St Nicholas Weymouth • St Patricks Corsham • St Pauls Chippenham • St Peters, Marlborough • St Swithuns Portsmouth •St Thomas of Canterbury • Stratton • Streatley • Sun Hill Alresford • The Abbey School • The Grove, Wantage • The Mead, Hilperton • Town Hill Juniors Southampton • Trinity School, Devizes •Walsh Juniors• Waltham st Lawrence • Wanborough • Wardour • Warminster Prep School • Wessex •Westlea • Westonbirt Prep • Whitelands Park • White Waltham • Widden• Wilton and Barford • Wimborne Juniors (Portsmouth) • Wingfield, nr Trowbridge • Winnersh • Woodborough • Woodlea • Woodmansterne• Yattendon, Surrey • Zouch

In Dubai (UAE) Safa •Winchester DESS • JESS Jumeirah • JESS Ranches • Hartland International • Safa community school • Royal Dubai School • Raffles World Academy • Dubai British School

Schools previously visited with SSDP books include…


Aloeric Primary School, Melksham, Wilts
Bassingham Primary, Lincolnshire
Beechcroft St Pauls, Weymouth, Dorset
Bentley high street primary
Bessacarr Primary School Doncaster
Birchwood Primary, Lincolnshire
Bishop’s Cannings Primary, Wiltshire
Bledington Primary (Oxon)
Bourton County Primary School, Gloucs
Branton St Wilfrids
Burford Primary (Gloucs)
Castle Hills Doncaster
Caterham Valley library Dragon workshop
Coulsdon C of E Primary,
Denaby Main primary
Derry Hill Primary School Calne Wiltshire
Doncaster library summer workshop UK
Dubai American Scientific School
Dunville Primary
East Kennet PS UK
Edlington Victoria primary
Finningley Primary
Fitzmaurice, Bradford on Avon Wiltshire
Forest and Sandridge, Wiltshire
Framfield Primary Sussex UK
Gabalfa Primary School Cardiff
Glyn Coed Primary School nr Cardiff
Hall Cross
Hayfield Lane
Hexthorpe Primary
Hillcroft School Caterham Surrey UK (Debi’s old school)
Holy Cross C.E. school
Holy Trinity, Weymouth, Dorset
Intake Library (Sandringham primary)
Kintbury Primary School
Lakeside Primary School Doncaster
Lansdowne Primary School Cardiff
LIWA private school Al Ain
Marden Lodge Primary Caterham (Surrey)
Marlborough Primary School, Roath Cardiff WALES
Montagu Junior School, S Yorkshire
Moor Park, Shropshire
Noremarsh Junior School Wootton Bassett Wltshire UK
Norton Junior School Doncaster
Nursteed Primary Devizes Wiltshire
Ogbourne St George PS UK
Orleton C of E Primary
Our Lady and Saint Joseph, RC primary Hackney
Outwood Academy Gala Day
Owston Park (Skellow)
Park Primary
Pewsey Primary (Wilts)
Preshute Primary Marlborough Wiltshire UK
Radyr Primary School nr Cardiff WALES
Ramsbury Primary School, Wiltshire
Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, Rotherham
Sandringham Primary
Southill Primary school Weymouth Dorset
Southwick Primary, Trowbridge Wilts
St Andrews C of E Primary School, Weeley, Essex
St Cuthberts Cardiff
St Davids church in Wales school, Cardiff
St Edmunds RC Primary School Calne Wiltshire
St Francis Pewsey (Wilts)
St Francis RC school Caterham (Surrey)
St Gabriels girls school Newbury Berkshire
St Gabriels Newport
St John the Baptist C of E school Mexborough
St Lawrence Bradford on Avon Wiltshire Year 7
St Lawrence C of E Primary Lechlade (Gloucs)
St Mary’s Broadway (Gloucs)
St Mellons church in Wales school, Cardiff
St Nicholas and St Laurence, Weymouth, Dorset
St Peters school Marlborough
St Thomas a Becket, Tilshead, Wiltshire
St Thomas CEP school, Blackburn Lancashire
Staverton Primary School Wiltshire
Stow on the Wold Primary (Gloucs)
Sunnyfields primary
The Grove Primary School, Camberley, Surrey
The Watchetts Junior School Camberley Surrey
Thomas’s, London
Toll Bar Primary
Town Field Primary
Tranmoor Primary (All Doncaster UK)
Uckfield East Sussex UK
Urchfont Primary School Wiltshire
Walwayne Court, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Wanborough PS UK
Wansdyke School
Windhill Primary Mexborough
Wycliffe Prep school, nr Stroud Gloucs

Acad American Girls School (AAG) Dubai
Al Ain Primary School
Al Ittihad Priavet School Jumeirah
Al Ittihad Priavet School Khalifa City AD
Al Khubairat British School (Abu Dhabi)
Al Raha (Abu Dhabi)
Al Yasat private school Abu Dhabi
Cambridge International School
Canadian International School Abu Dhabi
Deira International School Fest City
DESS Dubai
Dubai American Academy
Dubai American Scientific School
Dubai British School
Dubai International Academy (DIA) Dubai
Dubai Modern Education School Mirdif
Dubai Modern High School
EIS Meadows
EIS Um Suquiem Dubai
Emirates National School (AD)
English College Primary School Dubai
GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi
GEMS Our Own English High School Al Ain
Gems Wellington Primary Dubai
Giggles (Abu Dhabi)
Glenelg Abu Dhabi
Greenfield Community School Dubai
Greenwood International
Horizon Dubai
Iqraa Sharjah
Jebel Ali Primary School Dubai
JESS Arabian Ranches Dubai
JESS Jumeirah Dubai
Jumeirah College (JC) Dubai
Jumeirah Primary School (JPS) Dubai
Kings Dubai
LIWA Private school Al Ain
Nibras International (Dubai)
Pearl Primary (AD)
Phildadelphia Private School Al Qusais
Raha International (AD)
RAKESS Ras al Khaimah
Rashid School for Boys Dubai
Regent International (Dubai)
Repton Dubai
Royal Dubai School Mirdif Dubai
Safa Dubai
Sharjah English School
Star International School Jumeirah
Universal American School
Uptown High School
Uptown Primary Mirdif Dubai
Wellington International

British School Beijing, Shunyi campus

Emirates airlines lit fest Dubai

Global Jaya Jarkarta Indonesia

Harrow International, Grasse Town Beijing China
St Christopher’s School Bahrain
The Bahrain School (US)
The British School, Bahrain
Ubud writers festival, Bali October 2011

Contact me to arrange a school visit today.

59 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Phred  |  June 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm



  • 2. Dawn Bones  |  August 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Dear Debi
    The information on your website is fascinating. I notice that you have visited primary schools in Wiltshire. Any plans to return? Our school is Southwick Primary and it is close to Trowbridge in Wiltshire (not far from Fitzmaurice which you visited previously). Would be interested if any return visits planned.
    Many thanks
    Dawn Bones


    • 3. debievans  |  August 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Dear Dawn
      I’m delighted to hear from you and I will be staying in Wiltshire after all and would be delighted to visitit Southwick Primary near Trowbridge! Please get in touch via email to arrange a visit.
      Best regards


    • 4. debievans  |  September 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      great to have a visit planned and looking forward to coming to Southwick in November!
      best regards


  • 5. mnmn  |  November 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Hi i am a student at EIS meadows it WAS fasinating seeing you
    thank you


    • 6. debievans  |  November 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm

      many thanks! Please say hello to Mr Fraser for me!


  • 7. Emma Reinke  |  January 8, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Hello, I was wondering if you want to do a visit in Australia. I went to Giggles in Abu Dhabi a few years ago and I was there for your visit. It was great and I would like to give my new classmates a chance to read the books as they are great! My school is Rollingstone State School in Rollingstone, Queensland. It would be awesome if you visited!


    • 8. debievans  |  January 10, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Hi Emma, I would love to bring The Secret Society of Dragon Protectors series of books to Queensland as I know we have a few fans out there. I’ll keep you posted if a trip is on the cards….just need a school to invite me! There are 2 more in the series since I met you at Giggles, Abu Dhabi, and book 6 will commence soon…


  • 9. erin  |  May 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    hi debi


  • 10. catheriine  |  October 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Hi there debi you came to my school today thatcham park . I was the one who you choice but I never got to speack because we had to end the assembly.

    Catherine shore


  • 11. liadh  |  February 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I don’t supose you will be back in the sandpit any time soon?!


    • 12. debievans  |  February 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      no plans at the moment but will let you know when I next visit – hopefully with book 6 The Hidden Realm!


  • 13. Noor Mustafa  |  March 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    hi debi do you have any plans to visit winchester school in UAE.
    if you do please sell book 6 to secondry.
    thank you and by the way i sent you an e-mail for the membership to be a protector hope you reply soon.


    • 14. debievans  |  March 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Noor I’m delighted to hear from one of our fans from Winchester – I love that school! I promise to get a copy of book 6 The Hidden Realm to you when it’s finally finished and next time I come to Dubai!
      Best regards


      • 15. Noor Mustafa  |  March 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        hi debi i was happy that you replied and wishing you could come soon i had e-mailed you a message about being a protector but until now there is no reply hope you can check it soon my e-mail is

        1 question :could you tell me some places where i can find a dragon in dubai? i know dragon mart and ibin battuta in the china part there are no dragons because it had been built in the 21st century so please give me a little hint thank you >w<.


  • 16. debievans  |  March 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Hi Noor…my daughter sent me a photo of an amazing dragon in Festival City…don’t forget dragons move about between dragon shaped hiding places no matter how modern they are…don’t worry about losing your dragonore – I’m sure you’ve still got the imagination to see dragons!


    • 17. Noor Mustafa  |  March 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      thanks debi but is it natural that the dragonore moves by it self when indicating a dragon?


      • 18. debievans  |  March 16, 2013 at 1:29 am

        try it and see!


  • 19. Noor mustafa  |  March 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Debi how long will you take to finish book 6 i am very curious to know what will Angus do next….
    Why don’t you add pictures of godroi and argent or other dragons?


    • 20. debievans  |  March 20, 2013 at 1:04 am

      Hi Noor we are working hard to get it finished! there are pictures of godroi and argent on our website on the Gallery page! best regards, Debi


      • 21. Noor mustafa  |  March 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm

        Good luck on making the book hope it will be a successful one:).I meant to draw the dragons in their unformed shape its okay if you didnt get me:).


  • 22. Noor mustafa  |  April 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Hi debi i would like to tell you an idea you may use in your future book of the ssdp and do you want me to email it to you or write it on this website so hope you reply soon:).

    P.S. there is a movie i watched called Eragon or something like that i think…and if you watch it it will be great.


  • 23. shaun white.  |  March 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    This website is fabulous because all the adventures and it is amazing that rolo can play the laptop.


    • 24. Charlie Mills 6P  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Dogs are sooooooooooooooooooo………. clever!!!!


  • 25. Bethany and Maija  |  March 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Debbie I love your book (The Secret Adventures of Rolo.I love the cover as well as there could be a bit where Rolo goes to Bukernem palace and make friends with the Corgeys.


  • 26. Booklover  |  March 29, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Debi,
    I love the SSDP books and can’t wait for the next one. Do you have a publishing date yet? I am at a school at Staffordshire, have you ever visited schools in this area?


  • 27. Caroline  |  June 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Debi

    We have been looking at your books and would love it if you could visit our primary school in Thatcham. Would this be possible?



    • 28. debievans  |  June 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Hi Caroline I would love to visit your primary school. Please email me and I’ll tell you available dates.


      • 29. lucy  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        Hi dibi thak you very much for visiting BCJS your books sound really good and Rolo is so cute!


  • 30. Charlie Mills 6P  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I love Rolo so much!!


  • 31. kacper  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    thanks for coming to banstead junior school.


  • 32. Syed  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for coming to Banstead Junior School, your books are great!


  • 33. Charlie Mills 6P  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Rolos a biscuit isn’t it?


    • 34. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:47 am

      a chocolate coloured toffee…yum!


  • 35. Rae-BCJS  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    That is so cool how many visits she’s done, I’m from BCJS and Debi came in to our school today, it was so epic and Rolo is so so so so so cute!!!!!!


  • 36. Lauren  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Thankyou for coming to our school today. I can’t wait to read the book I got!


  • 37. sam  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    your visit was fun debi


  • 38. Charlie Mills 6P  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    When did u get Rolo?


    • 39. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:45 am

      I’ve had him 2 years Charlie – he’s about 4 now


  • 40. Mr Jenkins- BCJS  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for coming to Banstead Juniors this morning Debi. It was great to hear many children say that they were inspired. During the day I have seen children writing stories, telling stories, drawing illustrations and looking for dragons! Please give Rolo a good scratch from his new friends at BCJS.
    Thanks again.
    Mr Jenkins


    • 41. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:44 am

      Thank you so much for inviting me in. It was such a pleasure to talk to such an enthusiastic group of children. I hope they feel inspired to write their own fantasy stories! Rolo is pretending to sleep in his basket – I think he can’t wait for me to go to bed so he can go out adventuring!


  • 42. Charlie Mills 6P  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    You went allllllll the way to China!? WOOOOWWWW!!!!!


  • 43. molls  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Debi, It was really fun when you came to Banstead Community Junior School.
    I really enjoyed meetinmg Rolo! He is so cute! I really enjoyed hearing about your books and i tought they were really fun and exiting!


  • 44. Oscar  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Hey Debi your rolo books are amazing my brother is hunting for dragons


  • 45. Lucas  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    HI Debi when you visited Banstead Junior I thought your visit was facinating, Rolo is so cute!! I have a few ideas for Rolo’s third book. Here they are:
    The Time Travel Tree falls down
    He gets stuck in the Stone Age
    And He drags you along!

    Thanks for the visit.


  • 46. fahad  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Deby your books amazing realy wanted you to read more.


  • 47. Taylor Easton  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    great books i like rolos story.Thanks for coming to Banstead Community school


  • 48. Oscar  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Rolo is so awesome,Im going to read your books on my kindle bye


    • 49. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:42 am

      book 2 will be uploaded in the next couple of weeks!


  • 50. Trinity 6J  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Rolo is sooo cute! I wish I had a dog like him. He must be very cheeky if he has adventures and you don’t know about it.


  • 51. Oscar  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Get Rolo to go to the kindom of egypt


    • 52. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:40 am

      you need to read book 2 Oscar!


  • 53. IzzyBiz  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Debi

    Thank you for coming to my school today Banstead Junior School I loved it i got Rolo’s first and second book.

    I have a idea for Rolo’s third book he could travel to the Stone Age and make friends with a wolf called Meep.

    Izzy from Banstead Junior School.


  • 54. Oscar  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    How many schools have you visted


    • 55. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:40 am

      have a look on the website Oscar…I need to update it though and add yours!


  • 56. lottie  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Debi Evans I am Lottie, i am11 years old and i am from Banstead Cummuinity Junior school and are reading some of your books and can not wait to read the next one. When you came in I was really exited espeacially Rolo (the cutest dog ever) that likes going on adventures and likes taking selfies. love from lottiexxx


  • 57. Ben6J Bcjs  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Rolo is so CUTE! And how many Schools do you visit a week?


    • 58. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:38 am

      thankyou! he think’s you’re pretty awesome. I try to visit as many schools as possible during term time…usually 2 a day…


  • 59. William Y4  |  October 26, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Cool books! I can’t believe you’ve sold so many books at our school, Bramley!
    We all loved you visiting and your dragon ore inspired us. I hope next time you will be able to bring Rolo.
    Thank you.
    From William year 4



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