Laughter and Well-being

with Simon James Green & Helen Rutter 


Tuesday 9th March at 11:00am 

Streamed live on both Kirklees Libraries YouTube channelTwitter and Facebook page

Simon James Green, author of  ‘Life of Riley’ and Helen Rutter, author of ‘The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh’ will be joining us for a fun-filled LAL! session as part of our World Book Week celebrations. A humourous, funny and uplifting workshop guaranteed to make you laugh out loud!  


This session is ideal for KS2 and perfect for encouraging reading for pleasure. If you’re a teacher who’d like to get involved with your class, drop us an email so we can give you a shout out!


Life of Riley

Riley is not having a good week … he’s mislaid Class four’s rabbit, lost swimming trunks to a rabid dog and blew up the science lab! A laugh out loud adventure about a ridiculous amount of bad luck and one boy’s mission to get rid of it. Being cursed has never been so funny!  

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh 

Billy Plimpton has a big dream to become a famous stand up comedian when he’s older. He already knows all the best jokes, but thinks he has one big problem … his stammer! Can Billy’s kind teacher help him realise that it’s possible to stand out and fit in? Will his beloved Grandma get her wish to see him on stage wowing the crowd?

Simon James Green is an award winning author and screen writer. He contributed to the Proud Book Anthology, and his successful Noah books were optioned for television. ‘Alex in Wonderland’ was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and featured in Best Kid’s Books 2019 from The Guardian. His debut picture book ‘Llama Glamarama’ illustrated by Garry Parsons was published in June. His latest YA novel ‘Heartbreak Boys’ came out in August. You can find out more about his books at or follow him on Twitter @simonjamesgreen.

Helen Rutter

‘The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh’ is Helen’s first novel. She lives just outside Sheffield and has worked as an actress for many years. The idea for this story came from her son, Lenny, who has a stammer. She wanted to write the book that he would love to read starring a child like him. Find out more about Helen on Twitter @HelenRutterUK

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