I visit selected schools, bookshops, conferences, festivals and libraries, throughout the year, to talk to children about reading, writing and my books. I talk for about an hour and am happy to sign books afterwards.

My talk explains how I became an author, and what inspired me to write. I also talk about the importance of sharing stories, and childhood reading, how I learned to write books through The Last Wild, tell the very personal story which led to There May Be A Castle, and explain why I wrote The Lost Magician.

It is an illustrated, animated and interactive TED style talk.

To find out how to pitch for an event at your school or library, please download the guide below and send your pitch to  Victoria Rontaler at Rontaler PR & Events.

Piers Torday School Events Guide 2019


My upcoming public events are listed below.

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

Forthcoming public events

Write Stuff Awards 2019

May 4, 2019, 17:30
at The Festival Hub

Children from schools in the Bailiwick took up the challenge to write a story of no more than 300 words on the theme of their Imagined World. We are delighted to celebrate the winning stories at a spe…

Hay Festival 2019: Lauren St John and Piers Torday

May 28, 2019, 4pm
at Starlight Stage, Hay Festival

Lauren St John grew up surrounded by animals on a farm and a game reserve in Zimbabwe while Piers Torday was introduced to nature by being taken on storytelling walks in the forests of Northumberland…



What inspired you to write The Last Wild?


I was inspired to write The Last Wild by the shocking discovery that Earth has lost over 60% of 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. As I am based in London, most of my visits take place in the Southeast. But budget and time permitting, I do try and visit as many schools across the UK as I can. For more information on how to arrange a visit, the sessions I offer, and fees, please contact:

Victoria Rontaler at Rontaler PR & Events.



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…