The children enjoyed a visit from an award winning author this week, as part of National Storytelling Week (28th January – 4th February).
Ruth Eastham, whose debut novel ‘The Memory Cage’ was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, visited on Monday 30th January to run creative writing workshops with the children.
After thanking everyone at Brabyns for a fantastic day, Ruth commented: “I was so impressed by the children’s creative writing. We journeyed through the Amazon Rainforest in search of El Dorado and I heard marvellous memories inspired by objects that children in Years 5 and 6 brought from home.”
After her workshops, Ruth stayed to chat to the children and sign copies of her four books: ‘Jaguar Trials’, ‘Memory Cage’, ‘Arrowhead’ and ‘Messenger Bird’.
Lee Sanders, Headteacher at Brabyns, said: “At Brabyns, we are always looking for new ways to engage children in different areas of learning, so we were delighted to welcome Ruth into school to share her experiences as an author.”
He added: “All the children thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was a wonderful way to start National Storytelling Week.”
The visit was organised by Year 6 teacher and Literacy Coordinator Julie Lawford, who described the rationale behind Ruth’s visit. “We wanted to inspire the children to write creatively,” said Julie. “Having a ‘real life’, ‘award winning’, ‘published author’ sharing her inspiration and passion for the written word was an amazing experience for the children.”
She added: “All classes from Nursery to Year 6 were able to take part in a fantastic range of age appropriate creative writing workshops throughout the day. They now know that they too can be one of the great authors of the future!”