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Danielle Jawando visit inspires booklovers

Pupils were delighted to meet author Danielle Jawando

The SGS Library was thrilled to welcome award-winning author and screenwriter Danielle Jawando as she spoke to Fourth Year pupils about her career, her books and her inspiration for becoming a writer.

Danielle has written two young adult novels, ‘And the Stars Were Burning Brightly’ and ‘When Our Worlds Collided’, and during her time at SGS she talked about the skills needed to become a writer, the essential process of editing, how you need to learn from rejections and the importance of representation and why, in particular, she is keen for black characters and local settings to be central in her stories.

At lunchtime, pupils from a number of year groups enjoyed having a chat with the former Coronation Street storyline writer as they had their books signed.

Danielle is one of a number of black writers and poets that are celebrated as part of the Library’s Black History Month display and she referenced and recommended the works of several of the authors featured.