Renowned author enthrals eager young readers

Award-winning author Cressida Cowell mesmerised a captivated Junior School audience as she delivered a talk and book signing in the Main Hall.

The children’s author, known for the hugely popular series ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, was promoting her new ‘Wizards of Once’ books and spoke about how she draws inspiration from nature, folklore, fantasy tales and science. She designs and illustrates all of the magical creatures featured in her books.

Cressida is passionate about inspiring the next generation of authors and artists and asked pupils if they liked to write, draw or just imagine stories, with a sea of response from the eager audience.

She encouraged the girls and boys to write and draw whenever they can, and most of all, to believe in their skills and talents.

Following the talk, excited pupils lined up around the hall to have their books signed.

Librarian Ms Josephine Pazos said: “It was a fabulous opportunity to welcome the vivacious Cressida Cowell to our school to talk about her writing inspiration, research and magic; the hall was buzzing as she interacted with the audience – she truly had the children spellbound!”

The visit has clearly inspired pupils as they have been speaking to their teachers and telling them that they have been writing creatively at every opportunity!

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