We had an incredible visit from Maz Evans, the author of the 'Who Let The Gods Out?' and many other fabulous books.
During our day, we all went to an assembly to hear about her life as an author and all of KS2 took part in a writing workshop. Our children were inspired and could not wait to ask Maz a copious amount of questions about becoming an author. This day really developed their love for reading and a fantastic day was had by all!
Christ The King, Bournemouth - Dec 2020
Today was just the most wonderful day so thank you so very much for coming all the way up to Newcastle to spend time with us! In just a few short hours, you managed to make the children (and the teachers) laugh, inspired them to write, developed their writing confidence, encouraged them to read more & ensured they never give up on their dreams! The buzz around school during the day was electric and is one I know will last for weeks so thank-you so very much … I don’t suppose there’s any chance of you coming back to do it all again tomorrow, is there?!
Royal Grammar School, Newcastle - Nov 2019
We are really grateful for the author visits; the children have not stopped reading Maz's books. I even had one child (a very reluctant boy reader) who said he stayed up half the night reading because he "really gets it". The power of an author visit can not be underestimated
Wells Festival of Literature, October 2019
Maz Evans is a great choice for an author visit. The children were buzzing after her presentation and workshop. The energy in the school was electric and the children’s writing pieces showed humour and clarity of voice.
The children were enthralled by Maz’s energy and wit, whilst also hearing valuable advice about perseverance and resilience. Maz creates a good rapport with her audience; this extends to her Q & A session and book signing activity after the talk. She interacts well with each child who asks her a question and, amazingly, remembers all of their names. We have had several author visits but this has been the best by far. We will certainly book her again.
Micklefield School, September 2019
Maz held our entire school completely spellbound with her wonderful anecdotes and inspirational success story. Every child left the room with the belief that they too can be incredible. And the Story Stew workshop... wow! The group of children we selected were enthused and extremely proud of their ideas and writing. Maz had a wonderfully positive impact on our children. Thanks Maz!
Ringwood Junior School, July 2019
Wow! I think everyone wants to be just like Maz when they grow up. What a huge bundle of energy that was such a joy to witness and be part of. The children were whisked away with her enthusiasm and we now have a school full of writers who cannot wait to get their stories down. Every child was valued wherever they were met in the school and the workshop was simply the best (pardon the pun)! Everyone needs to get a bit of Maz in their lives: I know we will be talking about this day for a very long time. What an absolute super star.
Middle Park Primary, June 2019
A personal note from our school to say a huge thank you for your wonderful talk yesterday. The kids, both the the Y5 pupils who had a Q &A with you and the Year 6 pupils who came to the hall thought yours was, to quote "the best author visit ever!"
Krishna Avanti School, June 2019It was a great pleasure to welcome you to Harrow yesterday, and on behalf of everyone here in the School Library Service and from the schools which have participated in the Harrow Junior Book Award this year I would like to say a huge thank you for making our celebration event so memorable. The children absolutely loved your session, which was both entertaining and inspiring, and several schools have asked me for your contact details because they would like all their children to have the chance to meet you. It was a wonderful conclusion to a year of reading and reviewing, and we hope very much that you will be back again to visit Harrow before too long.
Harrow Schools Library Service, June 2019
Simply inspirational! We had read ‘Who Let The Gods Out’ as a class reader and the children were extremely excited about Maz coming in to school. They went home, not only feeling ecstatic but also believing in their own abilities as writers. Thank you, Maz!
Sunninghill Prep School, May 2019Thank you so much for a brilliant school visit. I can’t even tell you what an impact you have made. It’s always really scary organising author visits because you hope with all your might that the person you’ve built up and promoted and recommended is as amazing as you hope- you exceeded all expectations.
The children adored you, I’ve had some lovely feedback from parents and the teachers and teaching assistants that were in with you were inspired and excited by your energy and the way you were with the kids.
The biggest compliment my class gave me afterwards was to say ‘She’s just like you Mrs Griffiths’
I mean if only!!!
Aldingbourne Primary, May 2019
A huge thank you from all of us here at TPS! Your visit was absolutely fantastic and the whole school has been buzzing ever since! I've had amazing feedback from staff, children and parents, thank you so much. You were entertaining from start to finish and effortlessly engaged every year group perfectly. Schools, if you want your children to connect with books and celebrate the joys of reading and creative writing, look no further!
Twickenham Prep School, March 2019
Thank you for finding the time to visit Devonshire. The children absolutely loved it! I have also spoken to countless teachers, who were all raving about your assembly - even one of our longer serving teachers, who has taken part in a fair few author visits over the years, said it was the best one she has ever been a part of.
Devonshire Primary, April 2019
What can I say? WOW. We knew it would be great but it exceeded all our expectations. Teachers loved it. Children loved it. The buzz Maz created throughout her time at our school was like no other author visit we have ever had. The workshops were fantastic and engaging and her assembly was full of humour, wit and important words of wisdom. Schools you MUST book Maz because I know for a fact that we will be talking about her visit for a very long time. Thank you so much for inspiring us all!
Princess Frederica School, March 2019
Maz, please accept my awe and gratitude! You were wonderful from the minute you arrived in school to the moment you left. Hilarious, inspiring, insightful; everyone here is singing your praises! You delivered an epic presentation that any Olympian would be proud of!
This was the perfect way to start our World Book Day celebrations as for once the pupils and staff are talking about what they are going to READ and not what they're going to wear! Hold The Daily Argus front page: Maz Evans is a STAR.
Claires Court School, March 2019
I really wanted to thank you for your absolutely brilliantly-entertaining assembly and workshops. Everyone was singing your praises and you have inspired a lot of people, staff and children alike! As well as being so funny that you made our faces ache with laughing, your message was just right and what we try to tell the children all the time.
It’s also great to see so many children reading your books!
Yarrells Prep, March 2019
Thank you so much!
You made such a huge impact on our school today! We are eternally grateful and seriously, if you are ever in the area and fancy a free lunch or a cup of herbal tea you would be so very welcome! I just picked up the email below and had to forward it to you immediately!
“Maz was hilarious! She was so cool and so much fun. I felt a bit star struck because she was so awesome. I love all the different scenes and games she played. The Knock Knock jokes were amazing cliffhangers and the Battles of the Greek Gods (eg Mr F vs Mr T with balloon animals) were really funny. I loved it when she read to us from her own books too. The Queen in full ninja mode! The best bit of the day was seeing how happy Maz was about her latest book coming out, and her telling us about the book being dedicated to her son and how he is ‘the most wonderful thing she’s ever created, but remember to flush the loo!’”
Warminster Prep, February 2019
Wow, what a whirlwind of inspiration, storytelling, fun and bookiness. Maz is a super star of epic proportions and the whole school have fallen ever so slightly in love with her. A witty, entertaining and engaging Key Stage Two talk was followed by some great Q&A sessions and then a very patient and ever-enthusiastic Maz undertook a marathon of book signing. Book Maz now, she is part of author visit royalty!
Great Malvern Primary, January 2019
A HUGE thank you to you Maz - it was a tremendous morning. We loved it and all the pupils loved it, we can't thank you enough!!
We would love for you to do it again each year! :)
Talbot Heath School, January 2019
It was wonderful to meet you at last on Wednesday. Thank you so much for delivering two fantastic workshops. Listening to the children afterwards, they really enjoyed themselves and were thrilled to have met you. My friend's son was in one of the workshops, he says that his son has not stopped talking about you!
King Edward VI, November 2018
To say we are enthusiastic members of the Gods Squad is something of an understatement so Maz’s visit was much anticipated by everyone in KS2. Oh my, she certainly did not disappoint! This was, without doubt, the best author visit ever! From the moment she arrived, Maz sprinkled her magic. Her assembly was hilarious, inspiring and full of important messages – not just for writing but for life. She made everyone she spoke to feel valued and special. Her workshops engaged everyone - Story Stew with our LKS2 produced amazing ideas which they shared with enthusiasm. WLTGO diary writing prompted lots of thinking and discussion about viewpoint and has resulted in really thoughtful writing. Our Y6 class are seasoned Gods Squad members and their excitement was off the scale! Their time with her was magical – they will never forget it and neither will I. We’ve had such lovely feedback from parents and children. The following Saturday I even overheard a parent in a well - known book shop asking for a book about gods that his daughter hadn’t stopped talking about since the author had visited her school. I was so distracted I walked out without paying for my pens and had to rush back! A special mention to Richard from Pea Green Boat Books who made the whole buying and signing of books seamless and easy. I cannot recommend booking the lovely Maz enough. If you get the opportunity – go for it! I can absolutely guarantee it will be one of the highlights of your school year and in my case – my actual career!!!! Thank you Maz from us all.
Monkton Park Primary School, October 2018
Maz's delivery of both the assembly and the workshop was fantastic! Both staff and children thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was great to see so many previously reluctant writers desperate to write and share their ideas and stories.'
- Francesca Wiltshire
Here are a few from children:
'Maz Evans was really energetic! I loved how she inspired me and made me excited about reading!' - Ronnie - Y5
'Maz Evans really inspired me to believe that I should always believe in myself. The whole day was amazing! We did a workshop, where we had to make our own story about a character who wanted something. She signed my book for me and even thinks that I'm a star'
'Maz Evans has really inspired me to write my own story.'
Brunswick Park Primary, October 2018
Maz's visit was absolutely amazing - from the moment she arrived, the whole school was buzzing with an excitement that continued throughout the day and can still be felt days later. All of our Key Stage 2 were enthralled and highly entertained by her Assembly but also came away with deep and long-lasting messages, including the importance of sharing your problems with adults, the universality of stories and that every single one of them is a writer. In the workshops, our Year 4s were all able to (completely independently) plan and tell a story, some of them for the first time. Many of the children went home and chose to write stories that evening, and I had several parents come and tell me that it was the first time their child had chosen to write in their free time. Besides all of that good stuff, we (staff and children) had an enormous amount of fun and are now fully fledged super-fan members of Maz's God Squad! If you are looking for an author to visit your school, I cannot recommend Maz highly enough. She is not only a bestselling author but also hilarious, empathetic, kind and inspiring. Thank you for visiting us, Maz!
Horsenden Primary, October 2018
We at Gilded Hollins in Lowton just wanted to say a huge ,’Thank you!’ for such a wonderful writing event today. You managed to engage and enthuse every year group from Year 1 through to a SATs-weary Year 6. No mean feat!
From start to finish a top class day. Please come back soon!
Gilded Holins, June 2018
What can I say?? That was an absolute triumph! I’ve been telling people that yours was perhaps the best author visit I’ve arranged in all my time here – and there have been a fair few! The boys are absolutely full of it, and I had a queue at my desk this morning clutching their permissions to get extra books (and many emails came in from parents overnight also).
Everything about your presentation was perfect, I thought: it was brilliantly paced; had enough about the book to whet their appetite; plenty for them to laugh at (they are still consoling me over my defeat as goddess of wisdom); and the teachers thought the way you brought in the message that they should tell an adult about their concerns at the beginning of the talk, and ended with the wonderful message to persevere in the face of ‘no’s’, was spot-on (they were also very impressed by the way you gave the boys some wriggle-time after 30 minutes, something that is highly recommended in the classes here!). I have been basking in reflected glory…
So a thousand thanks to you, Maz. I really am very grateful to whatever gods are still kicking around up there that you were able to squeeze us into your schedule.
Dulwich Prep School, June 2018
Our visit from Maz far exceeded all expectations. The assembly had all pupils hooked on her every word, and was the perfect combination of humour, book talk and teacher competitiveness. The pupils also thoroughly enjoyed the creative writing workshops and came away from them overcome with a desire to go and read the Who Let Gods Out trilogy immediately! Maz's enthusiasm, natural engagement and creative flair are instantly contagious and made the day incredibly special for our pupils. The feedback from all adults and children was incredibly positive and I would gladly ask her to deliver assemblies on a weekly basis! Thank you for a wonderful visit.
Fulbridge Academy, May 2018
If you are looking to create a buzz about reading and writing in your school, this is the author event for you. From the moment Maz walked into our school, every single child and adult had a smile on their face, with conversations about her assembly, writing workshops and books spreading wide across the school and into the local community. A truly fantastic day!
Rothley Primary, May 2018Well, what can I say - the day was even more brilliant than I'd imagined! Children and staff alike are still on cloud nine and I know your Story Stew method will continue to inspire.
Alleyn Court, May 2018"You are incredibly inspiring" Amelie
"You have inspired me to read a lot more than I normally do" Nuala
"Thank you for encouraging me to never give up on what I want to be in life" Ewan
"This morning was a morning to remember. Mr Atkins tells me that less is more and you did to, so I am going to try my hardest to do that in my writing." Abi
"Maz is really funny and inspiring. I learnt how you can create a simple story and turn it in to something amazing." Liv
"I'd been waiting for Maz to come for weeks" Maya
"I learnt that everyone is an amazing writer" Bella
"I was so excited when you came into school and did a brilliant workshop with me and my friends" Imogen
"Your visit was truly inspirational and heart-warming" Meg
"You have inspired me to become an author when I am older" Holly
"Maz has really inspired me to make my work really interesting and has given me tips so that I can make my work even better" Kenya
"Maz gave me lots of tips on being an author. It was an amazing experience" Freya
"A visit I will never forget"Caleb
"You have inspired me to become an author when I am older" Matt
St Mary’s on the Mount, April 2018
Maz’s visit was a truly brilliant experience! Our children were engaged from the moment she arrived and her presence generated a buzz that was memorable – she was the talk of the playground, classroom and dining hall (for all the right reasons!).
A high energy day that was exciting yet thoughtful. The engagement of the children in the workshops led to some impressive writing, exploring characters perspectives and viewpoints. Thinking about and then using skills that will be applicable back in class.
An amazing day that will live long in the memory for everyone.
I was really excited about Maz Evans coming to our school, when she did it was amazing! She worked with us to write a diary entry from one of her characters point of view, made us burst into laughter and we got to ask questions. Maz is funny, good at listening and friendly. We had such a great time; we’d love to see her again! Emma (Year 6)
Maz is funny, approachable and friendly: this is why we all enjoyed her visit to Oakham Primary. She had arranged fun activities and games for us to join in with. All of Maz’s books are hilarious yet heart-breaking. We would love to see her back at Oakham Primary as she when she comes she brings lots of giggles! Gracie-Mae (Year 6)
Oakham Primary, April 2018
Following the success of our Year 5 children studying 'Who Let The Gods Out?' as part of their Ancient Greek topic, I explored Maz's website a little further to look into the possibility of a school visit. She was extremely accommodating from word go, and we were lucky enough to book her in the week prior to World Book Day. As we are trying hard to raise the profile of reading within our school, Maz's whole-school assembly, workshops and opening of our new library was the perfect hook into our high reading focus.
Although only Year 5 and 6 were aware of her wonderful books, every single child from Year 1 to 6 thoroughly enjoyed her assembly which was full of laughter, games and huge smiles. This was then followed by workshops for all year groups, which were once again pitched perfectly for all ages. The children loved the freedom of the writing tasks, and the positive feedback Maz gave all children was motivating for all. A few weeks later, I am still receiving wonderful feedback from parents, children and staff. Thank you Maz for providing such a magical experience for each and every one of our children!
St Mary's Folkestone, Feb 2018
Maz's enthusiasm, humour and high octane energy created such a buzz that even our most reluctant and less confident writers were itching to grab their pens and start writing. An amazing day by an amazing author.
Summerville Primary, Feb 2018
Thank you so much for a fab morning yesterday - totally bonkers but very fruitful and creative! The children ( and staff ) loved you, and everyone who has seen me this morning has said what a brilliant morning it was!
Ferndown Middle School - Feb 2018
We were blessed to have a visit from Maz in January 2018. Her whole-school assembly was both inspiring and entertaining, with a bit of teacher-bashing (literally!) thrown in for good measure! Several of the staff described it as 'the best author assembly we've ever had'.
Maz’s energy, enthusiasm and encouragement in her 'Story Stew' workshop left the year 5 children buzzing with self-belief in their writing capabilities, using a simple but memorable recipe for story-writing. It was a truly wonderful day which will be remembered for a long, long time.
Maz spreads a little magic which lingers long after she's left the building. If you get the chance to have her visit your school, snap it up.
Queen Boudica Primary, Jan 2018
We have had the absolute pleasure and privilege of Maz visiting our school for a whole day, and I can say she was truly an inspiration for all our children and teachers. It was a memorable occasion that will stay with us as a school for years to come. Her humorous, energetic style had the children hooked from the minute she walked through the door. Her story stew is a simple, yet effective, way to hook children into writing stories, and is something that our children are using to write their own stories- they are brimming with ideas. Maz took the time to speak to our children one to one, developing confidence in even the most reluctant writer; this really meant a lot to them . I cannot recommend Maz highly enough- book her NOW!
R L Hughes Primary, Jan 2018
A huge thanks for coming in to Heathlands today. All of the staff I've spoken to were really impressed with the assembly (mainly because it involved ridiculing me!) and we are so grateful for the way in which you engaged the children in our classes. Also, for how you were willing to give each child so much of your time. They loved your energy, passion and enthusiasm. All of the children now have a clear structure to begin drafting their stories and that is testament to your fantastic workshop.
Heathlands Primary, Jan 2018
Maz was absolutely fabulous from the moment she entered our school, till the moment she left. She inspired so many children and was especially good with those children, who otherwise might be hard to engage. My class have been frantically writing ever since and she really brought story writing alive for each and every child, that day, who had the privilege to meet her. Thankyou Maz for teaching the future generation that they all could have a special story inside them just waiting to be brought alive.
The Grange School, Nov 2017
We were all delighted with the event – it was great fun and there were so many positive comments from pupils, staff and parents. The book sale broke all records!
Some comments from Year 6:
Truro Prep School, Nov 2017
Maz visited the school to do an assembly and managed to enthuse and captivate an audience from year 4 to year 8. Her passion for writing is totally infectious she empowered the children to believe that they too could fulfil their dreams if they kept trying and never gave up. The presentation was highly interactive and entertaining that the children found totally irresistible. We've had the most amazing feedback from SLT, children and parents, one child even ran all the way home and back again just so he could buy a book signed by Maz. I would highly recommend Maz to any school looking to encourage reading for pleasure, we have a school full of children with noses in books thanks to this inspiring visit.
Whitchurch Primary, Nov 2017
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for today. We all loved your visit, we found it hilarious, engaging and inspiring- the children have been badgering us to write their stories.
Kingsclere Primary, Nov 2017
How do you keep 300 children occupied for most of a morning? Invite Maz Evans, of course! Incredibly infectious with her enthusiasm for anything ancient, she had the whole school on the edge of their seats (or bottoms) with teacher quiz shows, balloon making session, writing tips and excerpts from her two books, Who Let the Gods Out? And Simply the Quest.
We still refer to her editing tips and words of wisdom about never giving up and her books continue to ignite our pupils’ imagination, two months on.
Southborough Primary, Oct 2017
Absolutely fantastic day today. Our Year5 and 6 children met the actual author of 'Who let the Gods Out' and experienced the best story writing workshops I have seen. The only problem was trying to say goodbye at the end of the day, with several budding future authors clinging to her coat-tails, desperate to tell her their future career plans! Thanks for a wonderful day.
Bronte House School, Sept 2017
Maz was, with no exaggeration, Simply The Best. She had the kids hook, line and sinker with her engaging and active presentations about reading and writing stories. The children all left the sessions inspired to read and write and haven’t stopped talking about it since. It will be a memory they carry for the rest of their lives. To sum it up: MEGA BOSH.
St Silas Primary, Toxteth
As soon as Maz entered our school there was a buzz about the place and her captivating whole school assembly had children and teachers hooked from the start. The range of entertaining and engaging workshops from throughout the day had our children and teachers inspired, and imaginations were running wild as the story writing began. Please come back soon.
New Park Primary, Liverpool
... Wow, what an amazing day we had with Maz and that's just the teachers! Her fun filled creative writing workshops, got our children enthusiastic to write and taught them all that we all have amazing imaginations, we just need to open them!
After launching our book week with a whole school assembly, she captivated every child in the room and inspired them to write in year group workshops. Little did they know that thy were learning story writing techniques that will stay with them forever. The stories they produced following her workshops are amazing. We wish we could have her everyday!
Alma Park Primary, Manchester
Thank you so much - we had the most amazing time and I know that the children were definitely inspired by the work you did with them. Your passion and obvious enjoyment of what you do enthused all of us (children and staff) and we really can't thank you enough - it was just what we needed!!
St George’s VA Primary School, Weston Super Mare
Mary - what can I say? In all honesty I had the best day I've had in teaching... Brilliant."
Hampton Court House School
Mary Evans has been a great addition to our curriculum and enrichment activities at Meadlands Primary School. Initially, Mary worked with staff on an INSET day and introduced us to her story stew plan which the children have loved. Even though we were asked to come up with 6 different uses for a lightbulb on the spot, we did invite her back! We held a reading week to coincide with World Book Day. Mary came and led a fantastic assembly to launch the week then led workshops in every class. Following on from this success, under Mary’s energetic but very astute planning, we held two family workshops for lower and upper key stage 2. Mary is a delight to work with and is flexible, enthusiastic and loved by our children!"
Meadlands Primary School
"Mary Evans certainly knows how to stir a room of children up with her ‘Story Stew’. The atmosphere in school during Mary’s visit was electric! Mary has quite honestly sparked the imagination of every single child who witnessed her energetic performance. She whips the children up into a frenzy of excitement and inspires them to write.
"Mary’s ‘Story Stew’ is teaching at its best – the children had no idea that they were learning about story structures and writing techniques but the stories I have read would illustrate outstanding learning. I’m sure Mary’s visit to school will be the highlight of the year for most of the children. We look forward to welcoming Mary back with her story magic next year! Many thanks Mary from all at Sheen Mount."
Ciaran Beatty, Literacy Co-ordinator, Sheen Mount Primary School
"Mary introduced Story Stew during a whole school assembly that completely captivated the audience of 4-11 year olds. They were really inspired by the idea that a story really can be about anything, with the only limit being their imaginations.
"The Story Stew rhyme gave them an easy to remember structure for their stories and enabled them to put their ideas on to paper with greater confidence, knowing that they could be as creative and inventive as they wanted to be."
Laura Wiles, Literacy Co-ordinator, Holy Trinity Primary School, Richmond