As part of our World Book Day celebrations we kicked off the week with an inspiring talk from Bookfest prize-winning author Jane Elson on Monday 27th February.
Organised as part of Shrewsbury Bookfest Schools Week, Jane spoke in our main hall to all Year 8 students about a variety of topics but particularly her second novel ‘How To Fly With Broken Wings’. She spoke about dyslexia and not allowing it to stand in the way of creativity, her childhood memories influencing her writing, her previous career as a jobbing actress and the long hard process of getting published. An interesting Q&A session followed the talk and Priory students quizzed Jane about issues in her novels such as female WW2 Spitfire pilots, bullying, gangs and Asperger's syndrome.
Quotes about the Jane Elson talk:
"Really fascinating....to hear about Jane's novels but also the research that goes into them; the links with history were particularly interesting" Mrs Ruth Shaw - Head of English
"Students really enjoyed the insight into the working day of an author and discovering all the component parts that come together to publish a book" Miss Samantha Morris - English Teacher
“Listening and talking to an author ‘live’ is a fabulous way to enthuse the pupils and celebrate World Book Day. ‘How To Fly With Broken Wings’ also quotes J M Barrie and links in to our World Book Day theme of Peter Pan within the English department.” Hannah Edwards - School Librarian
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Priory School, Shrewsbury” – Jane Elson - Author
"It was very interactive and fun" – Lottie Etterley 12
"Interesting and fun" – Joe Mapp 13
"It showed a different side to the author that we all know" – Natasha Pasko 12
"Inspirational" – Riley Pickering 12
"It gave an insight into how the books were made" – Rory Bromwich 13
"Jane was very enthusiastic and got everyone involved" – Theo Thompson 12