I visit selected schools, bookshops, conferences, festivals and libraries, both in the UK and abroad, 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 series.

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

UKLA National Conference 2020

March 28, 2020, 14:45
at 15:30

UKLA logo

Following the highly successful 2018 Regional Conference on Writing for Pleasure, the 2020 National Conference hosted at Canterbury Christ Church University will include keynote speeches from David Al…

FCBG Conference 2020: Sailing Forth

April 18, 2020, 15.00
at University of Exeter

FCBG 2020

The Federation’s annual conference, organised by one of our local children’s book groups in collaboration with the National Executive, takes place every year in spring, in different locations around t…

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2020

May 8, 2020, 4.30pm
at Baillie Gifford Marquee, Chiddingstone Castle

Piers Torday is the author of the bestselling trilogy, ‘The Last Wild’ which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He will be talking ab…



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…