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Wednesday 11th November - Literary Leicester - David Almond Workshop

We were delighted to host Literary Leicester's launch event on Wednesday, welcoming students from accross the county to listen to award-winning author, David Almond.  David enthralled students with his experiences of writing - sharing pages from his notebooks and reading extracts from his novels - including 'A Song for Ella Grey', recently shortlisted for the Guardian's children's prize for literature.  Several of our Year 9 students helped to prepare for the event and ensured the smooth running of the day itself.  Once our visitors had departed, a group of our Year 9 and 10 students stayed behind after school to attend a workshop with the man himself.  Imaginations were unleashed as students were asked to explain a manner of random events - inlcuding what part a bulldog clip played in the murder of Jack Marsh - and why Francesca came back from Australia last Friday.  They developed their creations further, learning helpful tips along the way - in fact they were nearly convinced to become authors themselves, until they learned that David earns less than a pound for every £6.99 book sold!

David Almond