My school presentation "Writing is Exciting" was given to pupils of Year 7 at Ladybridge High in Bolton on Thursday 11 March 2010. It was exhilirating to talk to the whole year this time. There were 165 students present and I held their attention for two periods.
Continuing the format as before, I spoke of my early achievements and how I wrote for fanzines and semi-professional magazines, how I went on television, and how eventually my books were published.
It was nice to discover that some in the audience had already achieved some of these things.
One girl asked how easy it is to create a story. To illustrate just how easy it can be, I directed the class in divising a plot there and then. I'm sure the process will have inspired some.
The new element to my presentation was the use of a Powerpoint slideshow. In this I highlighted the real life locations that were incorporated into my Anne Droyd stories.
Pictured above are the winners of the cover art competition. Each recieved a signed A3 poster.
NB. My visit to Wayland has now been covered in the Mid-Norfolk Times. Go to their web site, and you'll find it on page 21.