When in Australia, Simon is available for live school visits, and when back in China, for Virtual Visits using Skype or Zoom.
Check out his very popular 'speaker's menu':
Meet the Author Talks
Simon's dynamic presentations routinely centre on his exciting historical novels and the research process and martial arts training that underpins them. But equally, he can unpack his Crime or Speculative Fiction work, as per teachers' preferences. Simon tailors his talks to support each school's immediate focus, be it reading, writing, genre studies, a language, or intercultural empathy. He describes his talks as 'laced with humour, stories -and secrets!'
Creative Writing Workshops
Simon runs a variety of empowering creative writing workshops, each attuned to the age group and curriculum needs of the students. He corresponds in advance with teachers by email in order to deliver the most ideal and applicable material. Students leave Simon's workshops with a brand new writing skillset and fresh confidence. Over the last 25 years, his most popular workshops have been The Art of Openings and Secrets of Short Story Writing.
Japanese & Chinese Culture & Language Studies (LOTE)
Having lived in East Asia for over a decade, experiencing -and even training in- cultural practices dating back millennia, Simon is the ideal guest teacher for LOTE, history or cultural studies classes. While deconstructing the timeline, arts, folklore and traditional sciences of China or Japan, he shares fascinating anecdotes from his life in these remarkable nations and engages students with humorous, insightful tips for learning Mandarin or Japanese.