Visit turns school into dragons’ den

Author Amanda Baker visiting Whytrig Middle School in Seaton Delaval to talk to pupils about her books as part of the school's 'Focus on Reading', which included showing them a dragon egg.
Author Amanda Baker visiting Whytrig Middle School in Seaton Delaval to talk to pupils about her books as part of the school's 'Focus on Reading', which included showing them a dragon egg.
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A VISIT by author Amanda Baker turned a Seaton Delaval school into a dragons’ den for a day.

As part of a six-week reading project, pupils at Whytrig Middle School took part in workshops with Amanda Baker, alias Adnam Arekab.

As well as a question-and-answer session, the pupils got the chance to review her first two dragon books, 2009’s Eleanor and the Dragons of Death and 2010’s Eleanor the Dragon Witch and the Time-Twisting Mirror, with a view to using them as blurbs for her next one.

The final book in the trilogy is being edited and is due out next year.

Amanda, who was shortlisted in the 2011 Bridport International Poetry Prize last November, and this year reached the quarter finals of the Laughing Horse comedy competition in London, took in copies of her dragon books along with the Northumberland dragon egg.