School Visits & Signings

Nick and Mark love visiting schools to talk about what they do and to meet the next generation of authors! It’s a lively, interactive talk accompanied by video and slides, which aims to inform and inspire children to read more and to write their own stories.

But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what the schools say:

Mark and Nick were brilliant. Our pupils loved every minute of their time with them and they're still talking about it months later. They bring bags of energy and humour, and give some great insights into how they write. They created a real buzz for story-telling and reading in the school - and also shared lots of practical tips that our pupils now use in their writing. It was fantastic - we're already looking forward to a return visit!

Ben Cooper, Deputy Head, Heathmere Primary School, Roehampton

We were really blown away by Nick & Mark’s presentation.

Rokeby School

The authors delighted their engrossed audience with their humorous and informative talk.

King’s College Junior School, Wimbledon

The authors in action at Stockton Children’s Book of the Year event – with amazing volunteer!

What we Offer

Nick & Mark are happy talking to any pupils from Y3 to Y8. Their talk lasts approx. 40 minutes, after which they are happy to answer questions and sign books for as long as you like!

To celebrate the upcoming release of the second book in the series DEFENDER OF THE REALM: DARK AGE, Nick & Mark are refreshing their talk to include:

  • • Writing Partners – How they met & how they work together.
  • • Top Tips – Writing secrets to make every story brilliant!
  • • Creating Fantasy Worlds
  • • Plundering History For Stories
  • • Heroic Failures – how to make your hero (and you!) better by embracing failure.
  • • Who’s More Viking, Mark or Nick? (with real DNA results!)
  • • Great British Defender Quiz – prizes to be won!

For more information about what we can provide to support your school event and to enquire about availability and fees, please email


Cardiff Kids Lit Fest, March 2017

Book Signings and Events

If you would like Huckerby & Ostler to attend your bookshop or festival, please contact