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Author inspiration for Years 7-9

Creative chatter filled Buckle Hall as Yrs 7-9 enjoyed being off timetable for the day to create their own, carefully crafted stories in a workshop, lead by Fleur Hitchcock, author of Bus Stop Baby, Dear Scarlett and Saving Sophia.

Her inspiring presentation focused on her dyslexia and her initial difficulties with the written word. Perceptive questions and comments from the pupils highlighted the fact that we all have the capacity to create stories in a wide variety of forms. Fleur's creative challenge to use two suggested scenarios as starting/ending points for pupils' own writing was more than met as they worked independently and co-operated in groups.

The final part of the session saw pupils from each year group read their pieces aloud to everyone. Many pupils spoke in glowing terms about the opportunity to write for a sustained period of time where characters and situations could be developed. Fleur acknowledged the creativity and impressive autonomy of the Stonar pupils.

"I go into lots of schools and it's very rare that pupils work so productively without very close supervision. They were not afraid to take risks. It was a real pleasure coming here today," she said.


Although the day was about much more than individual winners or prizes, Fleur was keen to acknowledge the innovative contribution of Francesca Frost (Yr 7) who won her choice of Fleur's novels.


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