I am happy to do talks and school visits everywhere, though the South of England is easiest.
I do talks and workshops, mainly for years 9 and 10, often linking in with the History department or Holocaust studies programmes. I am also happy to talk to Sixth-form groups, drawing on my experience of writing for adults as well as for teenagers, and of literary and other journalism.
For talks – which I can offer to adults as well as schools – I talk about family history, and my own experience of being the second generation from Nazi Germany and coming to terms with its legacy.
‘Leslie Wilson is not only a first class writer and teacher; she has that rare ability which allows her to relate to her teenage audience and help them to understand how to use historical documents and creative writing techniques to enhance their skills. If Leslie has not visited your school please do consider inviting her.’
Judith Palka, Librarian The Gateway: Theale Library and Adult Learning Centre
The students were keen to ask questions (most of which were relevant!) and Leslie fielded these with great wit and sensitivity. I would thoroughly recommend Leslie for school visits and would urge English departments to liaise with History departments to make the visit even more worthwhile.
Sally Johnson, co-owner of Caxton Books & Gallery and Chair of the Frinton Literary Festival
The most recent workshops I have done were at Theale Green School, Berks, Red Maids School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, and Notting Hill and Ealing High School. My most recent talks were at Downe House School, Berks, Tendring Technology College, Essex, and Winchmore School, Enfield.
I prefer to do half days, for which I charge £250 – exceptionally I will do a whole day, but that depends on the schedule. A whole day costs £350. Expenses and travelling time by negotiation, depending on distance travelled. A half day would involve a maximum of two workshops (for not more than 30 pupils), or two talks (which could be for larger groups). If you are a voluntary or charitable group (not independant school) and are strapped for cash, I may moderate these charges, and under exceptional circumstances, do a freebie.