Anna speaks at schools, bookshops, festivals and libraries throughout the year.

Her illustrated and interactive presentation is suitable for any age. It lasts about an hour and explains how animals have helped humans in wartime, which real life WWII heroes inspired the The Umbrella Mouse duology, what the French Resistance did, how she writes, the benefits of reading and concludes with questions and a book signing.

Anna teaches creative writing to children and adults. She also offers a special How To Be A Spy workshop, which is perfect for children aged between 7-11.

Please contact her to arrange a visit.

'Anna was so kind, friendly, engaging and passionate about her profession that she has surely inspired many budding authors in our midst.' 

Seer Green School

'The Umbrella Mouse piqued the children's curiosity and imagination for weeks afterwards.... She had a really gentle and engaging presence, connecting with the children through many means including photographs and props of the characters the children were able to pass around.

Evocative tales of the relationship she had with her late grandfather to tapping away on her phone on her early morning commute... It was very special for the children to be given this thrilling behind-the-scenes tour to such a richly inspiring story.'

The Dominie

'Anna totally inspired our Year 5 children when she visited us... The children were engrossed as she explained how she was moved to write the book through the mystery and intrigue of the French Resistance in WWII... 

We were extremely lucky that Anna stayed and delivered a perfectly pitched and engaging creative writing workshop to develop the children’s creative writing skills.' 

Peckover Primary School

'The pupils were totally engaged with he session. The references from her own life made the story very real for them. They were inspired to read the book and they are excited about the sequel.

One pupil commented 'Practically perfect in every way', another 'Super great!'

We would welcome Anna back into school at any time.'

The Dominie

From the children:

'She’s so friendly.'

 'I can’t believe I’ve met the real Umbrella Mouse author!'

'I liked hearing how the animals got their names from real people. It will make me think about them in a different way when I read it now.'

'I can’t wait to read the second one.'

'You can tell she really loves the book and its characters… it’s like they are her friends.'



Anna's Letter to School Children Pip & U

Anna's Letter To School Children

(Pip & Umbrella)

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Anna's Letter To School Children

(Pip & Noah's Ark)

TUM Discussion Notes

The Umbrella Mouse 

Discussion Notes

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The Umbrella Mouse 

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue

Discussion Notes 

High Res Images For Displays

1. James Smith & Sons Umbrella Shop 

2. Pip and Umbrella 

3. Churchill's Secret Animal Army

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4. Pip and Noah's Ark

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5. The Umbrella Mouse