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King’s Hall School’s Year 5 and Year 6 pupils were treated to a visit from leading and award-winning children’s author, Piers Torday, as part of their Arts Week celebrations.  There was great excitement and anticipation all round as the group were joined by visiting pupils from neighbouring Kingston St Mary Primary School for this special event.

Piers began by telling the children about his childhood growing up above his mother’s bookshop in Northumberland, surrounded by books.  The children were fascinated to hear about Piers’ meeting with Roald Dahl, and they were delighted to see the letter that Roald Dahl wrote to him, which mentioned how many times Roald Dahl rewrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Piers encouraged the children to be bold when writing stories, without worrying about making mistakes.  After all, if Roald Dahl can make mistakes then so can we.

A number of King’s Hall pupils are already keen readers of Piers’ Last Wild Trilogy, with many having read The Last Wild for Book Club over the Easter holidays.  As a result, they were delighted to find out more about this thrilling series from Piers.  It was fascinating to hear about the real-life childhood adventure on a remote Scottish island that had inspired it.

The book signing was hugely popular, with pupils from both schools waiting eagerly to get books signed and have a chat with Piers.  Mrs Marcuccilli, King’s Hall School’s Librarian, has since lost count of the number of pupils she has seen reading Piers’ books around the school and the children’s creative writing looks set to benefit greatly from the inspiring visit.