Reading buzz as authors visit schools

Literacy-loving Highfield Priory gets a visit from Michael Dahl while Kendra Smith gives career advice at Barrow Hills

Award-winning Children’s author, Michael Dahl, recently flew from the US to inspire readers at Highfield Priory School, Preston. 

Many of the children at the school have read Michael Dahl’s books, so were excited to have this opportunity to meet Michael in person during the event on reading for pleasure. The children also had the opportunity to have their books signed by the author, giving them a keepsake and reminder to keep reading.

Michael with his children’s book range

Asked why he chose to make the trip from Minnesota to Preston, Michael said: “My books are read and enjoyed by children all over the world, but I’d heard about the tremendous efforts Highfield Priory School make to promote a love of reading. I wanted to come and meet this inspirational school for myself – to celebrate their excellent work.”

Meanwhile, budding writers at Barrow Hills School were treated to a visit from author Kendra Smith, who delivered a number of workshops with children in years six to eight.

Ms Smith, whose popular novel ‘Jacaranda Wife’ reached the number one spot on Australia’s ‘best selling Kindle eBooks’ chart, has an established track record in journalism. Kendra talked to the children about her life as a journalist and the inspiration behind her first novel including the journey to finally getting the book published. In addition, Kendra provided practical guidance to explain the differences between writing fiction and developing content for the media.

Kendra with students at Barrow Hills

Commenting on her visit to the School, Ms Smith, who has a son in year seven at Barrow Hills, says,:“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to share my passion for writing with the children and it was such fun to spend time helping some potential writers of the future! Completing a novel is something that so many people aspire to, but the practicalities of doing that are generally kept under wraps. I hope my experience will encourage more children to pick up their pens – or rather tap on their keyboards – if they want a career working with words.”

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