|The first of my many school visits|
“Moira explained her method of writing and what inspires her. Students asked a lot of questions, for example her top tips for aspiring writers: Always aim to finish a text. Always get feedback on a text. Always read many other books to get inspired. In the end students felt very encouraged to continue their own writing, we are looking forward to reading some great new stories!” Ulrike Kohnen-Zuelzer, LRC Co-ordinator, Harris Academy, Peckham
Harris Academy Bermondsey. The Harris Federation was set up by Lord Harris of Peckham, the CEO of Carpetright, to provide good quality education to the children of London. There are now over thirty Harris Federation Schools in London.
The students were really engaged with what you had to say. You really connected with the groups, especially the Year 9 students. The cracking powerpoint, the evocative film, and your own story which was somewhat different from the career orthodoxy preached at the school.
Easy transport too – door to door to Walworth Academy on the Number 168 bus!
Plane, train, underground, overground, DLR and foot.
My last school visit was to Walworth Academy where I was made to feel very welcome indeed.
“ It was an excellent presentation.
One of the highlights! My London book launch at The Barbican Library. The Library is situated in The City of London and is the largest lending library in London. I ran a lunchtime writing workshop for adults there earlier in the day.
The very funny and talented Candy Gourlay interviewed me in front of an audience of family, old acquaintances (some I hadn’t seen since primary school) ex work colleagues and many writers I’ve met through SCBWI (Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators).
The brand new Greenwich Library where I met many Celts. One was the grand nephew of Francis Ledwidge. What an honour. Makes me want to go to Ireland.
Victoria Library in Westminster. I met a genetics student who was intrigued by WOTD’s book cover. He was persuaded to read the book. I hope he likes it.
YALC – The Young Adult Literature Convention,
held exclusively at London Film and Comic Con, Olympia.
|Good craic with Christina Banach and Chitra Soundar|
|The globes of Shakespeare’s Globe with Tate Modern in background|
|I saw this in use on the day of release. The user held up the queue a nanosecond longer than usual.|