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How Lord Byron got me into open water swimming
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Swimmer and free diver
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My TV life
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Creating mind maps



After going to university, I worked in television, helping to produce science documentaries, light entertainment and pop videos.  I then retrained as a portrait photographer before deciding to give it a go as a writer.  And since then, I have continued to seek adventure.

As a result, I've got lots to say!  

My talk is about inspiration: how I have used elements of my life in my writing and how I go looking for adventures to feed that creativity.

My workshops are the starting blocks I use when planning a new novel.


Assembly & Q&A

Powerpoint presentation with images and videos includes:

  • My TV life
  • How to create inspiration as a photographer
  • How Lord Byron got me into open water swimming events
  • My love of maths
  • My failed attempt to become a mermaid
  • Two chapter readings
  • Q&A


£150 + VAT

What's included?

  • 1 hour Assembly or 1 hour workshop
  • Optional informal chat with keen readers
  • A donation of my books
  • A chance for students to buy signed books at a discounted rate


Workshop: Finding your character

Students will create mind maps to visualise their main character and answer the key questions:

  • What do they look like?
  • What's their name?
  • What is their personality?
  • what are their habits and traits?


Workshop: Finding your story

Students will create character arcs which will form the basis of their story, by answering the key questions:

  • Who is my main character?
  • What do they need?
  • What do they want?
  • What is standing in their way?


"Lou visited us to deliver her talk to a small group of students. Her talk was engaging and entertaining - the students really enjoyed hearing about her inspiring life experiences and had lots of questions to help them understand what it means to be a writer. Lou was warm and genuine and I would thoroughly recommend her for an author visit to your school!"  

- Heather Thomas, Richard Lander School, Truro

"We were lucky to have Lou come and speak to Year 7 at Hayesfield Girls’ School, our first author visit of the year. Lou initially discovered the secrets to the mystery of book writing and learnt lots about Lou’s first two books: Coming Up For Air and Fig Swims the World. Both are fantastic stories and I would strongly recommend them. We also found out about her background before writing (she studied maths at university and wanted to be a BBC sound engineer!). Then we had a chance to ask lots of questions in a Q&A session. Here we unearthed the history of Lou’s history of cold water swimming and viewed pictures of her as a mermaid – it was incredible! I think, and I’m sure others agree, that I learned more about cold water swimming and free diving in one hour than the previous twelve years of my life! This was a brilliant and informative visit and we hope that she will be able to come and visit again one day!"

- Allegra, student at Hayesfield Girls School, Bath

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