Author Will Hill returned to Stockport Grammar last week to talk about his latest book The Rising – a year on from first visiting us as the debut novelist of horror thriller Department 19.
Will already has plenty of fans at the school after his first visit, and so his lunchtime session pulled an impressive audience away from the glorious sunshine and into the library for tales of blood and vampires.
As well as answering pupils’ questions, Will shared ideas, illustrations and plans from the series of books before signing fans’ copies of The Rising and being whisked off to speak in front of three fourth year classes.
A question and answer session followed chats about his interests and how his writing is inspired by videogames alongside the horror classics, as well as a reading from Department 19 – gaining him plenty of new fans who then stayed around to chat and get signed postcards.
After his visit, Will left for the prestigious Leeds Book Awards ceremony where Department 19 was shortlisted for the age 14 to 16 prize – an award eventually won by fellow recent Stockport Grammar visitor Bryony Pearce for her novel Angel’s Fury.
Curtis Jobling, another author familiar to our pupils following a visit last year, was also nominated in the age 11 to 14 category for Rise of the Wolf.
The Rising is the “pulse-pounding” sequel to Department 19 – “the best action horror story I have ever read” (The Book Zone For Boys) – and is available now through HarperCollins.