Helen Watts Author

Testimonials

What have people been saying about Helen's talks and workshops? 


"As a local writer Helen has proved very popular working in Warwickshire Libraries with general audiences and school groups, most recently as part of our Fantastic Fun With Words festival in 2016.  She is an engaging speaker and informative about the background to her books.  She is always well prepared and offers a range of general talks or workshop-style sessions to suit different audiences."
Stella Thebridge, Principal Librarian: Schools and Reading, Warwickshire Library Service

"It was fabulous as always!" 
St Benedicts Catholic High School (Year 9), Fantastic Fun With Words event, Alcester Library, May 2016

"Helen is a lovely person and very interesting to listen to. The students really enjoyed it and quite a few of them bought books."
Librarian, Kineton High School (Years 7 & 8), Fantastic Fun With Words event, Wellesbourne Library, May 2016

"Your talk was brilliant last night - thanks so much for coming and telling us about your writing journey.  I know it will have encouraged our members to persevere."
Jennie Dobson, Bardstown Writers' Group, 10 November 2015 

"I thoroughly enjoyed your talk. It was very interesting and your passion shone through. So glad that you came to see us."
SHaron Hopwood, Bardstown Writers' Group, 10 November 2015 

"Helen was fascinating. Loads of really helpful tips and food for thought."
Audience member, Bardstown Writers' Group, 10 November 2015 

"One of our very best speakers, I think, and everyone enjoyed it. You could hear a pin drop! We were riveted. It was good seeing all the extra pictures of Oradour. You put the whole thing across so well and it was very moving."
Merle Yeomans, Knowle Women's Institute, 20 May 2015 

It was very appropriate for our age. Helen spoke well to us, not patronising or forceful yet not understated. She described everything so well.” 
Year 9 pupil, Sibford School

"Thank you so much for a brilliant launch to our Remembrance Day." 
Frances King, Sibford School Librarian  
(
One Day In Oradour and The Ghost of the Trenches author talk and workshop, Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils)

"Great session, varied presentation...More able and older students thought it was fantastic and the staff really enjoyed it. Would very much like to book you again another time."
Anthea Hamilton, Head of English, Kingsley School, Leamington Spa 
(
One Day In Oradour author talk and workshop, Year 8 pupils)

"We, too, had a wonderful day when you came. The children have now finished their stories and have produced some brilliant work in certain places: this one line, about going over the top,  being one of my favourites: The sun went down; so did the soldiers."
Alexandra Lilley, Literacy Coordinator, Alveston Primary School, Warwickshire
(The Ghost of the Trenches author talk and creative writing workshops with Key Stage 2 pupils)

"The talk was informative and inspirational. There were opportunities for students to produce their own ideas for creative writing. There were opportunities for stiudents to share their ideas."
Rose Borgeat, St Albans High School for Girls
(
One Day In Oradour workshops with Year 8 students)

Below: Letters received from pupils in Years 3 & 4 at at Wilmcote Primary School, Warwickshire

letter from Amelie

Letter from Millie