Royal Grammar School


Author Leo Hunt returns to his school roots

Author Leo Hunt returns to his school roots

Old Novocastrian and author Leo Hunt revisited RGS to give a talk to Year 8 students on the subject matter of his Waterstone's Children's Book Prize shortlisted novel, '13 Days of Midnight'.

The talk included extracts from the novel, enthralling the students with young fan, David Friswell introducing Leo to his peers. David has read 13 Days a number of times and is an expert of the novel.

The students certainly had plenty of questions to ask Leo, mainly about the plot of his novel, but there were some interesting thoughts on how Leo came to write some of the characters.

Leo, who now lives in London, was delighted with the responses from the students. He said,

'I'm overwhelmed by the variety of questions the students asked, especially when I think back to what I was like at their age. 

'It's a fantastic opportunity for students at RGS to attend events like this and a real honour for me as an Old Novo to be invited back.'

The students were also treated to a snippet of the sequel to 13 Days, 'Eight Rivers of Shadow', which is due out in July.

Bernard Trafford, RGS Headmaster, was delighted to see Leo return to the school. He said,

'It was a great pleasure to welcome Leo back to RGS to speak with our Year 8s.

'Seeing what our alumni are now doing in their professional lives and the extraordianry achievements they are making makes what we do here at RGS, day in, day out, all the more rewarding.

'To see Leo establish himself as a published author is a particular thrill.'