ABOUT JULIA SUZUKI’S WORK
Julia Suzuki is children’s author of the popular ‘Land of Dragor’ children’s fantasy series.
She can often be found in book stores launching her new novels, or at literary festivals throughout the UK. See Julia’s profile here:
Julia Suzuki’s love of writing novels extends to her love of visiting schools in the UK and abroad, taking writing workshops and doing speaking engagements. With a BA Hons Degree in Creative Writing, and having studied Speech and Drama with the London School of Music (which included literary and poetry recital), Julia has developed the art of engaging and entertaining her readers and listeners, making her the perfect choice for any school event.
AWARDS AND PRIZES:
Patron of Reading 2014
Ambassador of Reading and Literature for Mini-Kin (children’s development website).
British Arts Council Award 2014
Julia’s work been acknowledged by the publishing world, media, and school governing bodies for it’s themes of tolerance and empathy, anti-bullying, and for helping children to boost self esteem (SMSC).
See below where the themes of the book are discussed in more detail:
Julia uses her great storytelling ability, illustrations, an interactive website, audios, and games, to connect with the audience, creating a fun, memorable and magical experience. She enthuses and inspires children by conveying her own passion for literature and writing, thus creating the desire in others to read or write more.
The Society of Authors report into Author Visits in Schools has found that 99.4% (all those who had organised an author visit) considered author visits to be an invaluable enrichment that encouraged reading for pleasure, wider reading and creative writing. Visits are described as having ‘a profound and lasting impact’. All pupils were positively engaged including (and particularly) reluctant readers and those with Special Educational Needs. Teachers also detailed the benefit to their own teaching skills. They are also recommending for example, that author visits should be recognised by OfSTED and that each school should have its own library and trained staff member. In the survey, many teachers reported a long-tail positive effect on children’s reading and a rise in library loans after an author visit; regular events would help to maintain a high level of interest and a wider diversity of reading.
Whilst Julia’s workshops do not cover national curriculum they do often dovetail with a particular topic that is being studied at the time. Julia has developed finesse in her visits within the school environment with all its complexities, structures and organisation and she fits in with goodwill, kindness and humour. Her empathetic approach enables her to further inspire the gifted and talented, as well as help all children to boost confidence – in particular those who may be reluctant readers/writers.
Julia’s goal is to leave the children, after a visit, with an understanding that re–drafting and building on their first writing efforts is an important step to becoming a better writer.
Julia Suzuki’s flair and individuality delivers memorable sessions that continue to inspire long after she departs from the school.
WORKSHOPS AND LIBRARY EVENTS
Creative writing workshops are specifically tailored to the audience age group, length of session and to any other expressed requirements – each workshop incorporates activities from a menu of different options. For more information or to make a specific request please contact us below.
AUDIO AND VISUALS
Please enjoy a sample from the book that Julia often uses on school visits to engage children:
Listen to Julia Suzuki discussing the Land of Dragor here: http://shar.es/1f9mwE
Watch the Land of Dragor trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paa0HdAY8mM
Visit the interactive website with chrome browser at www.cluz.io
REVIEWS AND MEDIA
Julia’s debut novel THE GIFT OF CHARMS has been widely praised in the British media, with features in the Sun, Mirror, Express, Times, as well in First News, the number one children’s newspaper. Julia also featured on Lovereading and on Readwave, where she received the most hits for an author feature. Julia is currently working closely with Empathy Lab UK, a nationwide organisation that works in association with The Reading Agency (Summer Reading Challenge), with the goal to use storytelling to develop empathy in children.
“Julia has a flair for sharing her stories with children. She is now our Patron of Reading and has visited the school on a number of occasions, to speak to students about the wonderful world of dragons she has created in “Gift of Charms”. From Gifted and talented students, through to our most challenging Year 10, Julia engaged their imaginations and inspired creative writing.”
– King Edward VI School, Helen Emery Library Manager
“The children at the book club loved Julia’s visit. Julia is spontaneous with such a delightful manner that holds everyone’s attention as she discusses the magical Land of Dragor. We very much look forward to her visiting again.”
–Samuel Johnson National Heritage Museum, Janet Hill Gibbs Manager