Dan Metcalf

Dan Metcalf
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Dan Metcalf is a writer of children's fiction from Devon. He is the author of The Lottie Lipton Adventures from Bloomsbury and the lead writer of the Maisie Mae books from Little, Brown (under the pen name Poppy Harper).

He performs inspirational school visits and runs StoryWorld, a literacy promotion organisation which teaches creative writing in the community and arranges creative networking sessions.

Dan was born and raised in Torquay, Devon. He enjoys films, walks, gardening, reading and of course, writing. He lives with his wife, two sons, two cats and a lifelong addiction to reading.

School Visits

I am available to speak at schools to help promote reading, literacy and creative endeavours.

I love talking in assemblies and running creative writing workshops, based around my own stories. I like to get children active and enthused about creating their own stories. I'm especially keen on promoting national events such as World Book Day, National Storytelling Week and National Poetry Day.

My books tend to be aimed at the 8-11 year old age group, and I work particularly well with years five and six, but would be keen to speak to all ages.


  • £395 for a full day (4 sessions, plus lunchtime bookclub/chat)
  • £250 for a half day (2 sessions)

Shorter times negotiable for local visits.

Plus travel expenses.


Contact for exact dates.



"Dan's visit to our school was inspiring! The children were captivated by his dramatic readings from his books. They were swept away into a sci fi world following the adventures of the hero Jamie Jones. Dan skilfully brought alive his characters and inspired the children to want to read on to discover more. The class were also treated to a writer's workshop based on a great story start provided by Dan. As a result the children wrote brilliant science fiction stories. The whole experience inspired our children to become authors. I would highly recommend a visit by Dan." Katie Coombe, Ilsham Academy, Torquay, Devon

"Dan was brilliant today!  He was so inspiring and the boys got so much out of the session.
They were absolutely blown away I think! I just wanted to pass on the feedback because I think he was so charismatic and so on par with the children.  He didn't need to behaviour manage because they wanted to hear every word he said…can’t praise him enough." Jess Allison, Bishopsteignton Primary School, Devon

"Dan, a children's author, came into the Nursery to read... We listened to the story and imagined what we could grow. Ben, who is a keen gardener said he wants to grow a fish finger tree! Then we planted a magic seed in a pot which we can take home to water and wait to see what happens! Thank you Dan!" Jill Mercer, Early Birds Pre-School, Crediton, Devon


Pick Your Path: Zombie Storm (Ransom, 2019)

Pick Your Path: Moon Unit (Ransom, 2019)

Pick Your Path: The Ringbearer (Ransom, 2019)

Paw Prints in the Somme – 2018

Dino Wars – Rise of the Raptors (Maverick, 2018)

Dino Wars – The Trials of Terror (Maverick, 2018)

Dino Wars – The Gladiator Games (Maverick, 2019)

Dino Wars – Title TBC (Maverick, 2020)

Codebusters (Bloomsbury, 2017)

Jamie Jones, Galaxy Defender (Aged 8½) (Oxford University Press, 2017)

The Lottie Lipton Adventures: The Curse of the Cairo Cat (Bloomsbury, 2015)

The Lottie Lipton Adventures: Secrets of the Stone (Bloomsbury, 2015)

The Lottie Lipton Adventures: The Egyptian Enchantment (Bloomsbury, 2016)

The Lottie Lipton Adventures: The Scroll of Alexandria (Bloomsbury, 2016)

The Lottie Lipton Adventures: The Catacombs of Chaos (Bloomsbury, 2016)

The Lottie Lipton Adventures: The Roman Eagle (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Maisie Mae: No Boys Allowed (Little, Brown, 2014) as 'Poppy Harper'

Maisie Mae: Bad Luck Bridesmaid (Little, Brown, 2014) as 'Poppy Harper'

Maisie Mae: Camping is Not Very Oh La La! (Little, Brown, 2014) as 'Poppy Harper'

Robot Races: Rainforest Rampage (Curious Fox, 2013) as 'Axel Lewis'

Robot Races: Desert Disaster. (Curious Fox, 2013) as 'Axel Lewis'


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