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Children’s book writer visits for talk to Nova Hreod pupils
STUDENTS at Nova Hreod School were delighted when children’s author Christopher Edge paid a visit yesterday.
Year 7 and Year 8 students listened to a talk from the author of i-SSASSINS, The Dead Ways and the Twelve Minutes to Midnight series before taking part in workshops on creative writing.
Alli Slaven, the literacy and enrichment co-ordinator at the school, arranged the visit to coincide with the start of National Children’s Book Week.
She said: “As it’s National Children’s Book Week we thought we’d ask Christopher to come in and talk to the students about his books and about being an author to try to get the students into writing.
“We have a lot of year 7 and year 8 students who are really keen on creative writing in this school and hopefully Christopher will encourage them to take it further.
“Last year these Year 8 students read a lot of his works and were really keen for him to come and talk to them.
“In the morning they came up with some of their own ideas and I’m going to be compiling these ideas into a story of their own for the group.
“They were all really interested and engaged with it and it went really well.”
During the day, Christopher also led workshops for the students to help them develop their own ideas and inspire them to write their own stories.
He said: “I love Swindon. I live in Gloucestershire so it’s not far away.
“I really like working with these kind of year groups. It’s been very inspiring and that’s what I like and come to expect.
“I was supposed to come here last year but I wasn’t able to, so it’s great to be able to come this year.”
Many of the children were avid readers of his work, found his talk inspiring and were excited about the release of his tenth novel, The Black Crow Conspiracy, next year.
Christopher, who was an English teacher before dedicating his time to writing for children, uses his talks and workshops in schools to inspire youngsters to become writers themselves.
He is also a great believer in the library, believing that the librarian is the most important member of staff in any school.
He said: “Whenever I go to a school and I have time, I love to be able to go and look in its library.
“I think the library is the heart of the school.
“I really believe there is a book for everyone and a good librarian knows how to point a student who may not be so keen on books to the right section and find something that they might really enjoy reading.”
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