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Events & School Visits

Jane is happy to visit schools and youth clubs  to read from the book, and talk about TV directing and writing for books, theatre and television. To arrange a visit, please contact info@hattorihachi.com

She can give a variety of talks as well as book signing sessions.  To date she has run writing, creative thinking and visualisation classes for years 7, 8 and 9 and has also taught screenwriting and TV production to A level Media and year 12 BTEC students.

Jane is now represented on the Authors Abroad website and teaches on the Accelerated Writer Programme. Her visit to Chandler Junior School earned positive feedback from head, Tim Burgess -

'We have had a lot of visiting authors and Jane was undoubtedly the best so far. She not only engaged the children but gave them the tools for success. The standard of writing they achieved was outstanding. We can't wait to have her back!'

You can read more about Jane's visits through Authors Abroad, and make bookings at -


Future Events

Friday June 26th 2015:
Romsey School Literacy Festival


Book signing Poole

Read about a visit in the Teacher's Post

Open quotesJane's visit to Rotherham inspired her audience of
          youngsters, teachers and library staff 

Students were still buzzing with excitement days after the workshop.
Jane uses the students’ own experiences and insights to engage them
and her own expertise to move them on

... a really inspiring visit. My A level and BTEC Media
Students were all particularly enthused by your passion for
scriptwriting,and by your first hand experiences of the media industryClose quotes
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The ninja outfits and a selection of  child-friendly tools and weapons provide a fun addition to book signing sessions!

Jane's visit to a book signing


Open quotesplease come back soon . . .!






Our boys were inspired not only by readings from the excellent Hattori Hachi novel but by Jane's passion for writing and creativity. The library was buzzing with excitement Close quotes
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Arnewood School - Ninjas
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Jane’s visit to The Arnewood School was a wonderful day. Her experience as a television and theatre director and script writer coupled with her teenage fiction writing gives her a unique breadth of knowledge which she shares with great enthusiasm. Close quotes
Christine Woodacre, Arnewood School, New Milton

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Arnewood School visit



Congratulations to Arnewood pupil, Weronika, who won the Hattori Hachi trilogy for being the 1000th person to download The Revenge of Praying Mantis from the Hattori Hachi website.


Schools visits and talks Jane has made include:

  • South Wilts Grammar School, Salisbury, Wilts - book signing and Q&A and then invited back to give keynote speech to all lower sixth A level students at their University motivational day
  • Rotherham libraries and Leeds schools as part of Bounce into Books Festival
  • Langley Park School for Boys, Beckenham - book signing, Q&A, 6th Form Creative Writing Club class
  • Lytchett Minster School, Dorset - A level BTEC Media writing class, creative writing classes for students of all ages
  • Rockferry High School, Wirral - book signing and creative writing class.Rockferry High School, Wirral - book signing and creative writing class.
  • Daunt Books, South End Green, London - launch of Hattori Hachi: Revenge of Praying Mantis
  • Brockenhurst Primary School.

  • Rookwood School, Andover.

  • Portsmouth Boys School.

  • Charter Academy, Portsmouth.

  • Southampton Children's Book Festival.

  • Shirley Library.

  • Southampton Library.

  • The Discovery Centre, Winchester.

  • Godalming Junior School (National Book Week)

  • Benfield School, Newcastle (National Book Week)

  • Heathlands Primary School, Bournemouth (Accelerated Writer Programme)

Subpages (6):Lytchett Minster School, 1st July 2010 Rock Ferry School, Wirral School Library Association's Annual Conference 2010 Schools' feedback Waterstones, Poole Book signing poster, PoolePDF download