Meeting young readers is one of the best parts of my job! If you are interested in booking me for a school event, please contact my publicist, Sarah Jeffcoate, at sarah.jeffcoate@hachettechildrens.co.uk.

Most of the information you will need about my school visits is laid out below. If you have any further questions, however, feel free to ping them to me at chris@chrisrussellwrites.com.

What sort of event do you deliver?
My school event is a 45-60 minute presentation entitled You Have To Start Somewhere. The aim is to communicate to students that, no matter their goals in life, the secret to achieving them is hard work, perseverance and learning from their mistakes. The talk is based on my own experiences in the music industry with my band, The Lightyears, which began in the schoolyard and eventually led us to Wembley Stadium, and all around the world. The event will be a mixture of live music, slides and anecdotes, and I like to encourage fairly regular input from the students, where possible! If time allows, I’ll also deliver a reading from Songs About a Girl (though this tends to be more effective with smaller groups).

What size audience are you happy to present to?
In theory, any size. However, the event is most effective with an audience of 30-150, as this allows for interaction and discussion. I am very happy to deliver the presentation multiple times in a day, in order to reach as many students as possible. Alternatively, for larger groups (e.g. whole school assemblies), the duration of the event would need to be reduced to around 30 minutes.