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A Year of Inspiring Author Visits

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Happy International Children’s Book Day! Over the past year we have welcomed a number of established writers to King’s Hall, each of whom have helped our pupils to become creators of their own magical stories.

In March last year, leading picture book author, Tracey Corderoy, joined our Pre-Prep pupils, as well as children from three local nurseries, for a special storytelling workshop. Tracey, who is perhaps best known for her Shifty McGifty series, charmed the children with her many tales, and thanks to her expert storytelling skills, was able to bring her beloved characters to life through arts and crafts.

A few months later we were delighted to welcome another popular author to the school. Renowned for her Murder Most Unladylike series, Robin Stevens brought a dash of colour to our daily ventures (and that was just her cupcake dress!). To the whole school she delivered a fascinating presentation, which touched upon the inspiration behind some of her most popular stories, her plans for the future, and even an exclusive reading from her most recent book, Top Marks for Murder.

During the afternoon, our Year 6 children were treated to a workshop most delightful, in which they examined a ‘crime scene’ before devising their own murder mystery narratives. And of course, in true Stevens’ style, the day was rounded off with a delicious ‘bun break’.

Continuing the magic was creator of The Great Brain Robbery, P.G. Bell. Mr Bell visited us in October last year, along with a number of Year 6 children from Creech St Michael. Throughout the morning, the popular children’s author gave a captivating talk to the pupils, encouraging them to share their favourite bedtime stories. Answers ranged from Harry Potter and The Gruffalo, to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

He also invited the audience to invent some of their own fantasy worlds, of which ‘Apple World’ and ‘The Land of Old People’ were just some of the brilliant answers received. To round off his visit, P.G. Bell kindly signed the children’s books before taking a peek around our reading huts.

Luckily, we just about managed to squeeze in one more author visit before we closed our doors earlier this month. Emma Carroll, acclaimed author of Frost Hollow Hall and The Somerset Tsunami, joined our Year 7s for a wonderfully-wicked workshop on gothic fiction. Inspired by her Frankenstein-esque novel, Strange Star, Emma taught the children how to create gothic settings for their stories, as well as how to achieve maximum ‘gothic impact’ by creating monsters ‘with a difference’.

We very much hope that Emma will be able to return in the future to deliver a workshop inspired by her circus-themed novel, The Girl Who Walked on Air. And although the chances of our May Book Fair are a little slim, there are plenty of ways to keep up to date with all things literary! You can follow our King’s Hall Library Twitter account, read this this epic article on the top 100 children’s books, or perhaps you could finally read that book that you’ve always said you would. There’s no excuse now …

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