Talks and workshops

I’m available to give talks, keynotes and workshops worldwide. The sort of topics I cover include Information Literacy, game based learning (particularly with adults, including in library and other educational settings), play / playfulness and adult learning, gamification, active learning, and innovation in libraries. I can also use playful techniques to enable reflection and problem solving in teams.

I’m currently working on how we enable play to happen for adults (give people “permission to play“), especially, but not exclusively, in educational settings and I’m particularly interested in giving talks and running workshops around the idea of giving “permission to play” for adults in any setting.

You can get a flavour of some of this by looking at my publications repository page which includes talks I’ve given in the UK, Republic of Ireland, USA, Australia, Norway, Spain, and Turkey. I’ve been elsewhere, including delivering workshops in Finland and Denmark, but don’t include everything on the repository page …

I normally have to take time off from my normal job for these, so there may be a charge involved, plus expenses. This will vary depending on how much time I need to take off work for preparation and delivery and is negotiable! Just contact me and we can discuss what you need and what I can do for you.

As a guideline, most workshops delivered within a couple of hours of where I live will cost £700 including all materials and travel expenses. Some workshops are slightly more expensive (e.g. escape rooms). Longer distances within the UK will incur extra costs. For outside the UK, I will need to calculate prices depending on travel time and costs. Workshops can be designed or adapted to local needs, which may affect prices depending on the amount of preparation time required.

For keynote and invited talks, costs will vary depending on the time required to prepare, travel, and attend the conference. Please ask for a price, but expect around £1,000 plus the cost of travel and accommodation the night before and after a talk.

Everything is flexible though, so please ask…


These are all flexible, according to local need, and can be significantly adapted. I can either charge for delivery and travel expenses separately, or combine them into a total cost (so you know exactly what the final cost will be). Charges include all materials used in the workshops. Some of the more regular options are:

Making (non-digital) games for education

This can be full day or half day in length.We generally cover a small amount of theory on play and games in education, then spend the majority of the time prototyping games using a scaffolded approach that I facilitate. You can see many of the prototypes created on the associated blog. For the full day version we can also include activities such as playing, and reflecting upon, educational games that I bring along. Although I’ve run this mainly with librarians, I’ve also run workshops for other support staff, university lecturers, and school / college teachers. I bring all materials required for the workshop, including a large amount of prototyping materials. This workshop suits up to 30 people, best with 10-20. It requires plenty of space, with attendees working in groups of 3-5 people all day.  For an extra charge, it would be possible to provide attendees with a copy of The Librarians’ book of teaching through games and play.

Lego for Teaching

This is best as a full day workshop, though could be done as a half day workshop is required – though will be a little rushed. We introduce the ideas behind Lego Serious Play™ and how these may be adapted to use in your own teaching practices. The day is very much hands-on, with theory covered in between Lego builds. This workshop suits small groups best, with 20 people at most, less for a half day version. I bring all materials required, including plenty of Lego. I can also arrange for all attendees to have Lego to take away with them, depending on location and cost. (Note. I am not associated with Lego in any way!)

Making educational escape rooms

This is a half day or full day workshop, though could also be adapted to be 2 or 3 part-day visits to facilitate groups creating their own materials. We spend the majority of the day prototyping educational escape room type activities, using a scaffolded approach developed by myself. All attendees receive a workbook to help them follow the process again in future. I bring all materials required for the workshop, including a small amount of prototyping materials. This workshop suits up to 30 people, best with 10-20 (small additional cost for more than 20 people). It requires plenty of space, with attendees working in groups of 3-5 people all day. Although I bring enough basic prototyping equipment for everyone to use, attendees may benefit from having their own devices (iPads, laptops, etc.) to research and create puzzles.

Basic Teaching Tips for Librarians and other support staff

This can be a half day or full day workshop. We cover a set of basic teaching related subjects, designed to help librarians and support staff who have not received teacher training, to be better equipped to prepare and deliver training and teaching to their learners. At the basic level, it includes setting learning objectives; preparing lesson plan; assessing learning; and evaluating their teaching. All attendees can receive a small book on “teaching tips for librarians” if required. The content is highly interactive, with group and individual work throughout the workshop. Exact content would be negotiated according to the needs of the group and the time (half day / full day). This is very flexible with numbers of attendees, though with more than 30 attendees I may have to bring a co-facilitator with me, which will add to costs.

Creative teaching techniques for librarians

This can be a half day or full day workshop. Covers a range of creative and playful teaching techniques, which can be adapted according to the needs of the attendees. Typically we would cover collage and drawing; model making; and using narrative / storytelling. Each technique is introduced with an example that attendees try, then they reflect upon the method and consider how that might apply to their own teaching practice. Depending on numbers of attendees, a half day workshop might focus on one technique (possibly 2), whereas a full day workshop will cover 3 or 4. Normally best with 15-30 attendees, with more than 30 attendees I would have to bring a co-facilitator with me, which will add to costs. Attendees carry out a mixture of individual and group work during the workshop, ideally in groups of 3-6 people.