Students in years 5-7 welcomed local author, Dan Smith, to South Avenue last week for a series of workshops.
The award-winning author of the Crooked Oaks series and thrillers such as Nisha’s War and She Wolf spent time talking to students about his love for reading, his journey to becoming an author and his adventure-filled childhood.
The students asked lots of questions about Dan’s time growing up in Sumatra and Brazil surrounded by animals such as tigers and piranhas.
They also heard about the author’s education at boarding school, which helped to inspire the Crooked Oak mystery books that are set in Northumberland including The Beast of Harwood Forest.
Many students pre-ordered some of Dan’s books, which he signed on the day, and local booksellers the Accidental Bookshop kindly hosted a stall selling his books on the day.
Director of English at James Calvert Spence College, Kerry Payne, said “Being able to welcome authors into school to share their love of reading and books always has such a fantastic impact. We’re very grateful to Dan for coming in to see us and helping to inspire the next generation of local writers. Our Year 5 students have studied his book She Wolf this term, so the visit was hugely insightful for them.”