An award-winning radio and television scriptwriter, playwright and children's novelist, I am a qualified teacher and work with schools and adult groups on all aspects of writing, ranging from The Shed in Your Head (one-off workshop about where stories come from) through to long-term residencies leading to publication or performance.
70 CHILDREN'S BOOKS:
Deadly Tales - Series (Franklin Watts)
Dream to Win - Series (Franklin Watts)
The Fang Gang - Series (Bloombsbury)
TELEVISION: (2001 BAFTA Children's Film & Television Writer's Award).
Byker Grove (10 series)
The GHost Hunter (3 series)
Chucklevision (3 series)
Casper's Scare School
Over 120 scripts.
Nell's First Night
The Road to Veritas
Life Begins at Crawley
(all BBC Radio 4)
It gives me great delight to write a reference for Roy Apps.
In September 2002 Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre became a Specialist Arts College. At about the same time, Roy came into school to see if he could be of any assistance as an Artist in residence as he had recently moved into the locality.
We jumped at the opportunity to work with a nationally recognised author and script writer. We are now well into our second year of working together.
During Year One, Roy was the mastermind behind a sixth form TV script writing project, and with his expertise, students produced not only the script, but performed and professionally filmed the finished project. This was used as part of a Media Studies Evening in our Summer Arts Festival.
This year Roy has worked twice a week on two projects.
Year Ten developing a Performance Piece based on 'Hopping in Tenterden', which we then related to our involvement in The National Educational - New Generations Audience Project in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh. The link was made to the students revolution and the barricades in 'Les Miserables' and a hoppers strike, which closed Tenterden High Street in the 1900s.
Year Eight working on a History and Performing Arts cross curricular scheme of work based on Shakespeare and Tudor tiime. Roy works weekly with 60 students develping characters, script writing and generally introducing the mysteries of reaching a final performance.
Roy has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Arts College at Homewood. He is a pleasure to work with and nothing is too much trouble.
We now look forward to next year, when we will produce a new stage musical version of one of Roy's books.
I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Apps to you.
Vice Principal - Arts College
Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre
Roy Apps is a well-known writer of books for children aged 7 to 13, both with entertaining series such as Stacey Stone and How to Handle and with history-based novels such as The Secret Summer of Daniel Lyons. He has a good knowledge of the history objectives for the National Curriculum and writes very clearly at the appropriate level. Roy's history books show not only with a real understanding of the subject, but also his ability to interest young readers, with an appealingly humorous style. Roy is also a successful television scriptwriter, winning the BAFTA Writer's Award in 2001 in recognition of his special contribution to childrens' television writing over the last twenty years.
Roy did a residency for the Writers in Schools Project (funded by Cripplegate Foundation and supported by CEA@Education and the London Borough of Islington) in January to March 2003 in a primary school in South Islington. The project was very ambitious: to produce an illustrated 28-pp printed booklet on a history topic with two classes of Year 5 children and their teachers.
Roy worked in partnership with two teachers and demonstrated that, as an ex-teacher himself, he has a very engaging manner with the children and knows how to get the best out of them. The actual production of the text was a lengthy process of drawing out the children's ideas about the lives of poor Victorian children, getting these ideas down on paper and shaping them into a collective narrative. No mean feat with 56 children! Roy carried out this process with great patience and skill. He then selected and edited the children's work, balancing the integrity of their work with the needs of the readership of the booklet.
The booklet was very successful and gave the children a great cause for pride. A grateful headteacher said 'This project has produced a book that I imagine the children will cherish all their lives. It is a delight to read and look at. As a learning experience, it proved to be second to none.'
I would recommend Roy Apps for further work in primary schools with no hesitation.
Coordinator, Text, Writers in Schools Project
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