This is a little website where I, A.F. Harrold an English poet, writer and performer (who does things that aren't always entirely normal), show off the things I've made for younger readers, listeners and lookers.
Illustration of AFH as a book gnome and The Imaginary book cover by Emily Gravett; photos of AFH (above and below) by Naomi Woddis; Fizzlebert Stump book covers by Sarah Horne; The Song From Somewhere Else cover by Levi Pinfold
I am A.F. Harrold. How do you do?
I like holding pens. I like resting my hands on a keyboard and I hate blank paper. I like the nice feeling of stopping writing at the end. And the cups of tea. And the baths.
I might. Why not get your teacher or librarian or nearest grown up to ask me?
I do indeed. You can find my grownup site here: www.afharrold.com. If you aren't grownup you might want to go there anyway... but there are no sealions (and occasionally an adult(ish) theme).
I sometimes visit schools to perform poetry, show off and run poetry workshops.
Typically I start the day with a whole school assembly and then follow that with four hour-ish sessions with Key Stage 2 classes, talking poetry and helping them make some poems of their own. I'm very happy also to talk about any of my books they may have been reading and answer kids questions (to the best of my ability).
A day visit costs £450, plus travel and accommodation (when necessary - I travel by train from near Reading).
(Here I am (above) getting some young people to give me ideas I can steal to use in new poems.
(In a photograph taken by Mr Field at Tudor Hall School, near Banbury.))
If this sounds interesting (and you are a teacher or librarian) click here to contact me and we can look at dates...
I Eat Squirrels (Quirkstandard’s Alternative, 2008) - a poetry collection, illustrated by AFH - now out of print
Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library) (Bloomsbury, summer 2012) - the first Fizzlebert novel, illustrated by Sarah Horne
Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy (Bloomsbury, spring 2013) - the second Fizzlebert Stump novel, illustrated by Sarah Horne
Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Cried Fish (Bloomsbury, spring 2014) - the third Fizzlebert Stump novel, illustrated by Sarah Horne
The Imaginary (Bloomsbury, autumn 2014) - the first ‘standalone’ novel, illustrated by Emily Gravett
Fizzlebert Stump and the Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things (Bloomsbury, spring 2015) - the fourth Fizzlebert Stump novel, illustrated by Sarah Horne
Things You Find in a Poet’s Beard (Burning Eye Books, autumn 2015) - a poetry collection, illustrated by Chris RIddell
Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Did P.E. in his Pants (Bloomsbury, spring 2016) - the fifth Fizzlebert Stump novel, illustrated by Sarah Horne
Fizzlebert Stump and the Supermarket Showdown (Bloomsbury, autumn 2016) - the final Fizzlebert Stump novel, illustrated by Sarah Horne
The Song from Somewhere Else (Bloomsbury, autumn 2016) - the second ‘standalone’ novel, illustrated by Levi Pinfold
Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space (Bloomsbury, autumn 2017) - the first Greta Zargo novel, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton
Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the MIddle of the Earth (Bloomsbury, spring 2018) - the final Greta Zargo novel, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton
The Afterwards (Bloomsbury, autumn 2018) - the third ‘standalone’ novel, illustrated by Emily Gravett
Midnight Feasts: Tasty Poems Chosen by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury, autumn 2019) - an anthology edited by AFH, illustrated by Katy Riddell
The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice (Bloomsbury, autumn 2020) - a poetry collection, illustrator (and exact title) to be announced
In three batches across 2020 (spring, autumn) and 2021 (spring) the Fizzlebert Stump series are being reissued with brand new covers and spruced up interiors, by Sarah Horne