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Author visit provides inspiration

March 03, 2017

As part of their World Book Day celebrations, St. Francis’ College was delighted to welcome the popular author Jonathan Stroud to the College to talk to Prep 5, Prep 6 and Year 7 pupils.  Mr Stroud is best known for the ‘Bartimaeus’ and ‘Lockwood and Co‘ series of books, but he is also the founder of the creativity campaign ‘Freedom to Think’, calling for children to have dedicated free time to explore their imaginations.

He gave a really fascinating and entertaining presentation about the books he had written which the girls all loved.  The talk started with the first book he had written when he was seven, and finished with a fascinating insight into how he writes his current ghost hunting series.  A lively question and answer session took place at the end of his talk.

Afterwards, the girls commented on how much they had enjoyed the morning and that they had all received some helpful tips to help them with their own writing.  Ellie in Year 7 commented, “I liked how he used illustration to help describe a scene he is writing about,” and Madison said, “I didn’t realise that books have different covers in different countries.  It was interesting looking at the book covers from across the world.” 

This author visit was part of a series of events that St. Francis' College organised to celebrate the 20th World Book Day.  Mrs Purchon the School Librarian said, "Events like this really help to foster a love of reading and help to introduce girls to new authors.  As a College we encourage all our girls to read widely, and recognise the benefits of reading for pleasure."

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