Meg Harper writes fiction for the 6-14 age group. She also writes some non-fiction. She believes passionately in inter-active education and is a part-time youth theatre teacher. Having recently finished 15 years of home-educating her own children, she has achieved Distinction in her MA in Theatre and Drama Education. She can provide talks and workshops for schools, libraries and heritage venues on creative writing and/or drama. She particularly enjoys using drama strategies to stimulate creative writing and creating workshops for heritage venues. She has a number of 'ready-to-go' workshops but is happy to take commisions for new ones. She will work with any age-group from 3 to 103 and numbers depend on the nature of the talk or workshop.
Recent publications include the popular 'My Mum' quartet and 'St Jenni' trilogy published by Lion Hudson and 'Fur' published by Usborne. Meg has had twelve books published in all and has three in production.
Recent workshops and residencies include 'Write Here and Now', a residency for Warwickshire Museums and Library service, 'Getting it Gorgeous', a workshop for Solihull Gifted and Talented Cluster and 'The Listeners', a summer holiday drama project for Banbury Young Carers.
In March and April of 2006, Meg took a key role in a project that Warwickshire Libraries had developed with other partners (Heritage Education, Compton Verney House Trust and Extended Learning)?Meg is very good at engaging with both children and adults. She quickly builds up a rapport with those she works with, drawing out their creativeness. Meg Is able to spark ideas in others and encourage the use of the imagination. She radiates a genuine interest and enthusiasm for writing which is infectious. Meg is a warm and enthusiastic person. She always has a positive approach to projects.
Senior Team Leader
Early Years, Children, Young People and Family Learning
Warwickshire Libraries and Partners
Children from St Annes and Kingfisher Schools recently attended a workshop run by local author Meg Harper.
Meg read some of her work and there was also a chance to ask her some questions about being an author. ?She told us exactly how it feels to be an author,? said one girl
She looked at writing in a humorous style about situations that really happened.
?Some of the things that happened to her were very funny? said one boy.
Children then had a chance to work with Meg on some of their own writing.
It must have been good. ?We all wanted it to go on longer!?
Come again Meg!
North Solihull Gifted and Talented Cluster