Hello! My name is Piers Torday and I write for children: novels, short stories and plays.

Find out my latest news, pick up some writing tips, or catch up with my online readings.

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Wild About Writing

Writing competition

UPDATE: This competition is now CLOSED to submissions. We are judging the entries, to announce a winner in October 

During the last few months I have been so inspired by all the stories you have sent me in response to my story starters, that I’m launching one final creative writing challenge with Blackwell’s Bookshop and Hachette Children’s Group. We’re inviting children aged 7 – 12 years across the UK to get creative in a new summer writing competition.

This is their opportunity to show off their creativity and be in with a chance to win £500 worth of books for their school library along with a school event with me, a £50 Blackwell’s voucher, signed copies of my books and a small number of exclusive printed copies of their very own story for their personal enjoyment.


Wild about Writing Tip 6: Fantastic Finish

September 11, 2020

There are just TWO DAYS left to enter Wild About Writing! So this week, my final writing tip for you all is on how to give your story a FANTASTIC FINISH!   These tips are for anyone entering my W…



Can I read your books aloud online?


If you are a teacher, you may read aloud individual chapters at a time, that are not recorded, via a closed virtual learning environment for pupils only. Please don’t read whole books aloud in one session or record any of your readings. Thank you!

My lockdown reading of The Last Wild is available on my YouTube channel.




Where can I find classroom resources for your books?


There are some excellent free classroom resources for “The Last Wild” provided by Sustainable Learning

I will be putting up more here for all books very shortly, watch this space.

Teachers could sign up to CLPE’s excellent Power of Reading scheme and get a whole teaching sequence based on “The Last Wild”.



Do you visit schools?


I offer both in person and online visits, depending on your requirements. For more information on how to arrange a visit, the sessions I offer, and fees, please contact:

Victoria Rontaler at Rontaler PR & Events.