Authors pass on creative skills to pupils

Author G.P. Taylor on a visit to Astley High School at Seaton Delaval where he met pupils (left to right) Matthew Sykes, Jamey Herron, Conner Wilson, Sian Leighton, Amy Greer and Becca Wailes.
Author G.P. Taylor on a visit to Astley High School at Seaton Delaval where he met pupils (left to right) Matthew Sykes, Jamey Herron, Conner Wilson, Sian Leighton, Amy Greer and Becca Wailes.
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TWO celebrated children’s authors dropped in on literature-loving pupils at a Seaton Delaval school.

GP Taylor and Sally Nicholls entertained youngsters at Astley High School with readings and creative writing workshops as part of the school’s book festival celebrations.

Taylor, 53, author of Shadowmancer and the Vampyre Labyrinth books, did his best to scare Year 9 pupils with a series of ghost stories that were inspired by his past career as a vicar and exorcist in Whitby.

The Scarborough author also held a creative writing workshop and passed on some useful tips on how to succeed as an author.

Nicholls, 28, of Stockton-on-Tees, who won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize in 2008 for her first novel Ways to Live Forever, talked to pupils about what inspired her to become an author and gave a reading from her latest book, All Fall Down.

The school also held a series of assemblies where teachers, staff and pupils promoted their favourite reads.

Other literary-themed events included a ‘Drop Everything and Read’ event, where pupils took a break from regular lessons and spent 15 minutes reading their own choice of books.

School librarian Paul Richardson said: “All the students were engaged throughout and I know that they all learnt a great deal.

“The authors’ sessions rounded off what has been a remarkable celebration of books at Astley.”