Appledore Book Festival

Author Visits

Posted on: 21/09/2015

Great Torrington School library has offered four events this year to over 280 students in years 7, 8, 9 and 11.  Appledore Book Festival School Programme has been here for years and goes from strength to strength.  From the first days of term the students eagerly wait to find out which author they will
meet.

Internationally famous authors who write both fiction and non-fiction for KS3 and KS4 were invited and there were over 70 author visits to schools in this area. Historian Paul Dowswell started the week with his evocative talk about World War 1.  He also read from his celebrated novel ‘Eleven Eleven’ about the final few hours of the conflict seen through the eyes of three young characters from England, Germany and America – we could almost hear the
shells exploding and smell the lethal gas and mud from the trenches.   John Townsend was our next author, with over 50 non-fiction titles proving popular with animal lovers and emerging readers. 

John’s stories involved lethally poisonous and dangerous creatures and much re-enactment of true stories of desert survival - all students survived unharmed but are now fascinated with poison dart frogs and snakes of all kinds.

Sports fans from year 8 and year 7 flocked to hear Dan Freedman describe his life in writing and sports journalism interviewing the most famous footballers in the world.  His Jamie Johnson football stories are really popular at GTS and Year 7 student Ethan Cook asked the author the best question
to win himself a signed book and football.  Sharing Dan’s enthusiasm for stories was highlighted by Art teacher Barbara Inker, “When we returned to class we talked about reading and shared our passions. This has helped us to get to know each other.” 

Author Sarwat Chadda took the library by storm, unleashing the super powers of our Year 7 and Year 8 students.  He urged everyone to read comics, graphic novels, manga, just whatever they liked.  His love of travel and mythology has been used in his Ash Mistry novels. 

Librarian Ruth Ward says, “The reservation list is growing for the books of these four authors and the enjoyment of reading is very strong.  If we read more, we have greater empathy and understanding of our world.  We truly enjoy our author visits to inspire imaginations and kick-start a lifelong love of
reading the best books at GTS and beyond.”

 

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