Virtual Visit Webinar: Abigail Balfe, author of A Different Sort of Normal

Book a 45-minute school Zoom with author Abigail Balfe on Friday 15 October at 10:30 AM. Register with your email address to get sent the link.

About the book:

A Different Sort of Normal is the beautiful true story of one girl's journey growing up autistic - and the challenges she faced in the 'normal' world. Hi! My name is Abigail, and I'm autistic. But I didn't know I was autistic until I was an adult-sort-of-person*. This is my true story of growing up in the confusing 'normal' world, all the while missing some Very Important Information about myself. There'll be scary moments involving toilets and crowded trains, heart-warming tales of cats and pianos, and funny memories including my dad and a mysterious tub of ice cream. Along the way, you'll also find some Very Crucial Information about autism. If you've ever felt different, out of place, like you don't fit in... this book is for you.

*I've never really felt like an actual-adult-person, as you'll soon discover in this book...

Author fact file:

Abigail is a Brighton-based writer, illustrator, and creative producer. Original storytelling has always been at the heart of Abigail's career and she has spent a decade leading social media campaigns for some of the biggest TV & entertainment clients in the world. Abigail also used to perform stand-up comedy and won several tiny trophies for her onstage humour; which involved life-size illustrations, ridiculous songs, and rambling stories about her family.

What to expect during the 45-minute Virtual Visit:

  • A live presentation from Abigail about her creative process and how she's used illustration and creative writing to express her experiences growing up with autism
  • A drawing activity that you can join in with during the Virtual Visit 
  • Creative ideas to try after the show
  • Send pupils questions to [email protected] with ‘Abigail’ in the subject line the Wednesday before the event 

Get prepared:

  • Download the activity pack and free chapter sample 
  • Send in pupils’ questions  
  • Install Zoom on your computer
  • Have pens and paper ready for the event
  • Look out for emails from Puffin Schools (check your promotions and junk boxes) in the lead up to the event
  • Get a copy of the book from your local independent bookshop via bookshop.org 
  • Share photos of your class watching by tweeting @PuffinBooks #VirtualVisits 

Sign up to register your class or school to join Abigail Balfe’s virtual visit on 15th October and to get emails from Puffin Schools with the Zoom link for the virtual visit, information to help you plan for the event and event reminders.

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