Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Author fest at RGS

Author fest at RGS

Year 7 and Year 8 students have been treated to somewhat of an author fest in recent weeks with not one, but two prize-winning authors visiting RGS Newcastle.

The School regularly invites authors to come into the School to engage with the students and inspire them to write all types of stories as well as continue reading some fantastic books.

In September, author of the fantastic Young Bond series, Steve Cole, visited speaking to a packed Miller Theatre full of enthusiastic Year 7 and 8 students. The students were enthralled with Steve's entertaining stories and inspiring tales of how he researches themes and ideas. He also showed off some rather interesting spy gadgets, all of which seemed to contain a secret drinks' flask!

Something that stuck in all of the students minds was Steve telling them to use their imagination when creating stories - the more strange and bizarre, the better.

Polly Ho-Yen continued the author fest in October, speaking to Year 7 and 8 students about the techniques she using to create stories. Polly is the author of the Carnegie medal-nominated book 'The Boy in the Tower' with her new novel, 'Where Monsters Lie' already going down a hit with our students. 

The students were particularly taken with the idea of creating stories from 'doodles' and using your 'bran compost' to ensure the stories they write are the best.

Polly also worked with a Year 9 Art group and held a creative writing workshop with a Year 7 English class.

Thanks must go to Blackwell's Newcastle for making these author visits possible.