I visit schools, bookshops, libraries, and festivals throughout the year, to talk to children about reading, writing and my books.

My workshops explain how I became an author, and what inspired me, including a chance encounter with Roald Dahl when I was a child. Students can hear the real life childhood adventure which later inspired The Last Wild trilogy, as well as find out more about the environmental themes behind the book. I also talk about the importance of stories, and tell the very personal one which led to There May Be A Castle.

All my workshops revolve around heavily illustrated, animated and interactive presentations, full of video, sound, take home facts and plenty of jokes. For more information on the talks I offer for this academic year, fees and how to book, please contact my booking agents Authors  Aloud or Authors Abroad.or look through my FAQ.

Visits to bookshops and festivals are organised through my publisher, and you can see what’s coming up below.

I look forward to seeing you at one of them if you can make it.

Forthcoming public events

Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival 2018

September 29, 2018, 4.50 (5.30)
at Broughton Hall

Join the Guardian Children’s Book Award winner, author of The Last Wild trilogy Piers Torday as he talks about his new book The Lost Magician.  (“One of the most clever and ambitious children’s books…

Sevenoaks Literary Festival

October 3, 2018, 10:00
at Sevenoaks Primary School

Piers Torday’s first book The Last Wild was an eco-thriller with a hero who can talk to animals. Published in 2013, it was an immediate success and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Award. He has since…

Henley Literary Festival 2018

October 4, 2018, 10.00
at Henley

SOLD OUT Join Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize inner Piers Torday for a magical and adventurous event to celebrate his latest book, The Lost Magician. You’ll be invited into the world of Simon, Patri…

Reading Rocks North

October 13, 2018, 09.00 (16.00)
at Horton Grange Primary School

Reading Rocks is on tour!!!!!! We are off up North to lovely Northumberland. This event is kindly supported by 7Stories Museum. Join us for a meeting of like-minded, book-ish teachers, teaching asstan…

Salisbury Literary Festival 2018

October 20, 2018, 18.15
at Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Piers Torday originally worked in theatre and television before writing his first children’s book, The Last Wildwhich was published in 2013. It was nominated for the Carnegie Award, shortlisted for th…

Discover the Lost Magician with Piers Torday

October 20, 2018, 13.00
at Waterstones Covent Garden

“Now come! You are meant to read stories, not appear in them. If you want to live, I insist you follow me, this very moment…” Piers Torday is the author of the bestselling and beloved children’s tri…

Waterstones Durham Book Club & Signing

March 9, 2019, 10:00
at Waterstones Durham

The Lost Magician by Piers Torday

I will be at Waterstones Durham on Saturday 9th March 2019 to discuss The Lost Magician (out in paperback on March 7th) with the children’s book group, and then signing. Children’s Book Group 10am – 1…



What inspired you to write The Last Wild?


  1. I was inspired to write The Last Wild by the shocking discovery that Earth has lost over half its wildlife in the last 40+ years. What will happen in the next 40 years. Will there be any animals left, and if not, what are we going to do about it? What are YOU going to do about it?


Do you visit schools?


Yes. If you would like me to visit your school, please ask your teacher, school librarian or a parent/carer to email Authors Aloud.


Will there be another book in “The Last Wild” series?


Not for the time being. “The Wild Beyond”, the third book in the series, is the conclusion of Kester, Polly, Aida and all their animal friends’ adventures as I see it for now. I firmly believe that those left at the end of that story have very exciting futures ahead of them! But never say never. There might be a fourth book one day, you never know…