On Tuesday 19th March, as part of our extended World Book Day celebrations, we welcomed Carnegie Prize nominated author, Lauren James to the school.
Lauren spoke to all year 8 & 9 students about her exciting new book The Quiet At The End of the World, diversity in young adult fiction and her journey to being a published author. She also signed copies of her books in the school library and lunched with some young creative writers and book club members.
“Lauren delivered a fascinating and inspiring talk for any budding writer. She really showed that becoming a writer does not start with a blank page – it starts with being an interesting person. She gave valuable insight into the process of becoming a writer. It was a talk that reached out to a new generation of writers.” Mr. P Stacey, Lead English Teacher
“Lauren is a superb author. I was interested in how she came from a Science background and still uses that in her writing.” Stan Young (year 8)
“The visit was very motivating. No matter how far along in life you pursue your passion, you can still achieve!” Charlotte Maxwell (year 9)
“Having the chance to see an author face to face, gives me the determination to write.” Jasmin Allen (year 11)
“I loved hearing about Lauren’s planning methods and how she came up with the concepts behind her sci-fi books.” Sophie Jones (year 11)
“It was intriguing to find out more about an author whose work I love.” Shannon Clarke (year 8)
“The focus within her talk about book cover design for different markets and countries was very interesting." Hannah Want (year 8)