Over the last month, three different authors have visited the junior school pupils and given some fantastic insight into their lives and what it takes to be a writer.
Author of the Compton Valance book series and TV presenter, Matt Brown visited the school in conjunction with Simply Books in Bramhall who had previously supplied us with the £5,000 worth of books donated by the SPA.
During his presentation he spoke about his love of writing and his interest in time travel, films and television. He told the children how he had been inspired by books including Stig of the Dump, Tom’s Midnight Garden, Christmas Carol and the film Back to the Future. He continued by reading extracts from his book and showing the pupils a photograph of his 10 year old self with a trendy backwards bowl haircut which the children found fascinating and hilarious!
The children had pre-ordered copies of Matt’s books which he signed for them. Following the signing, he gave the pupils chance to ask him questions which was very popular. One pupil asked him how he’d first invented the idea of a time travelling sandwich:
When I first came up with the idea the time machine was going to be a squirrel. However, my wife didn’t like the idea and then my son who was about 6 at the time came home from school and we found a sandwich in his backpack that had been there a couple of days.
To a full hall of excited junior school pupils Joseph Delaney spoke about his popular book series The Spooks.
First he spoke about his upbringing and his previous working experience. He explained that he would get up before work first thing in the morning to sit and write. During his presentation he also spoke in depth about The Seventh Son which is the film adaptation of his first two books. He told the children that the script writers had changed the characters and plot to be vastly different to his books.
He said his inspiration for the books came from an old folk tale about a boggart in the village he lived in. He signed books for the children and gave them some helpful advice about becoming a writer:
Write down every idea you have, even the ones you think are really silly. You may only use 1 out of 100 but you’ll never know which one it will be.
The author of the Spacejackers series spoke to years 5 and 6 about his action-packed tales of space pirates.
During his presentation, he interacted with the children throughout. He asked them about their favourite books and what they think makes a good story. He signed books for the children and gave them chance to ask him questions. The pupils all left excited about what they want to read next.