Monday, 17 December 2012

Author talk at John Wallis Academy

Recently I had the great pleasure of being invited by Sarah Sammut, who is responsible for Learning and Reading Support, to visit the John Wallis Academy in Ashford to give a talk in the school library to 36 students from Yr 6 upwards. 

I have visited a lot of schools, but I was overwhelmed by the warm welcome I received and also the sheer enthusiasm of the pupils.  Sometimes, when I give an author talk and ask if the students have any questions, it can be a tentative process, but I was delighted to be greeted by a sea of hands.  Their questions were thoughtful and thought-provoking and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Sarah is clearly passionate about encouraging creativity in her pupils and she also runs an excellent free online journal

The  fifth edition comes out in January 2013 and, in Sara's words, "its purpose is to act as a stepping stone for would be writers, something to give them confidence and self-worth."

I urge you to check it out and look forward to my next visit to this wonderful learning environment. 

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