Pupils thrilled to meet bestselling author

BESTselling author Alan Gibbons held a master class at Batley Grammar School.

Thriller writer Alan has been taking his storytelling talents into schools for almost 20 years.

Alan, who has a string of accolades to his name, including winning the Blue Peter Book Award for Shadow of the Minotaur and being twice shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Book Trust Teenage Prize, visited the school after an invitation from school librarian Ann Harknett.

Ann said the visit went down really well and added: Our library stocks a good selection of Alan Gibbons books, which include fantasy tales and stories of teenagers reallife struggles.

His books are very popular with the students. In fact as soon as a book comes back in, it is immediately taken out again.

His books have been published in many languages and he has won acclaim for reaching even the most reluctant of readers.

I thought it would be wonderful to have the man himself in school so that he could further inspire students with his passion for writing and they could have the opportunity to ask burning questions of one of their favourite authors.

The Warringtonborn writer, a former school teacher, spent a full day at Batley Grammar School giving talks to years six to 11 plus a master class for 12 year eight students.

Alan said: I think humour is extremely important in story telling. I always try to inject laughter and enjoyment into my talks and adapt them to the local context

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