Canadian author visits Cramlington

Susin Nielsen visited Cramlington Learning Village to discuss her new book, No Fixed Address.
Susin Nielsen visited Cramlington Learning Village to discuss her new book, No Fixed Address.

A Canadian author has visited a Cramlington school to promote her new book.

Susin Nielsen visited Cramlington Learning Village to talk to pupils about her childhood and ambition to be a writer.

Her latest book No Fixed Address tells the story of a 12-year-old who lives in a van with his mother and pet gerbil.

Harriet Dunlea, from publisher Andersen Press, said: “It is always a delight to introduce our authors to Cramlington Learning Village where there is a huge enthusiasm for reading, and we are so pleased Susin Nielsen was able to meet the students during her UK tour.”

The school was one of nine visited by the author.

Susin said: “Hopefully there are kids who read my books and either feel that they are not alone or they have never stopped to think about what it might be like to be in that situation, and maybe they’re just going to be a little bit nicer to that person who is.”

Her visit coincided with a study by the National Literacy Trust of nearly 50,000 children and young people in the UK.

It found that those who are most engaged in reading for pleasure are three times more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than those who are not.

Will Mays, literacy co-ordinator at the school, said: “The topics and subject matters are things that a lot of the students have experienced. It’s important to read about it, because if that’s happening to you, and if somebody’s writing about that, you feel less isolated.”