Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Students enjoyed a literary treat on Monday 1st October, when the award winning author Kiran Millwood Hargrave visited school. Kiran Millwood Hargrave's first book "The Girl of Ink and Stars" has been a huge success and was nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Award in 2017, before scooping the British Book Award Children's Book of the Year and becoming the Winner of the Waterstones Children's Prize 2017. Kiran, whose second novel "The Island at the End of Everything" has also been well reviewed, spoke to Year 7 students about the inspiration behind her novels and discussed how she brings her characters to life on the page. She even used a few props to illustrate the wintry setting of her new novel the "Way Past Winter", with one willing volunteer dressing up in woolly socks and a furry hat and coat!
The students enjoyed a lively question and answer session with Kiran, after which they had the opportunity to buy books and to have them signed.
Kiran proved to be a lively and engaging speaker, generating much pleasure and excitement amongst the students. By the end of her visit the whole year group was buzzing with animated conversations about books and writing ambitions! As one enthusiastic student remarked "It really makes you think about writing your own stories!".