Whitmore's First Ever Virtual World Book Day!
The Library hosted its first ever virtual World Book Day in March! Y7 students have been taking part in lots of activities during their literacy lessons and watching our Librarian Mr Fursman interview authors Patrice Lawrence, Chris McDermott, Josh Martin, Irfan Master and Sarah Naughton. The authors answered some of the excellent questions our Y7 students put to them, such as, "How long does it take to write a book?" and "What is the best thing about being a writer?"
Irfan Master and Josh Martin both spoke about how meeting authors at school had been pivotal to them becoming writers. Irfan discusses how meeting author Sue Townsend (author of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾) when he was a teenager opened his eyes to the idea that writing could be a real career for him. Like Irfan, it was a school visit by children’s writer Helena Pielichaty that gave Josh the belief that he could become an author.
To encourage our own budding writers, the Library has launched a Y7 Short Story Writing Competition. Sarah Naughton is our guest judge and is offering copies of her novel The Blood List to the best stories! We want Y7 students to take their favourite book character and put them in a completely different setting. So, what if Professor Snape worked in a pet shop, Gangsta Granny went to the moon, or Alex Rider was Prime Minister? As well as The Blood List, the Library is awarding Amazon Gift Cards to the best stories. Entries should be 500-1,000 words long. Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or hand them to Library Staff by 19th April.
Our World Book Day authors’ books are available to download for free on the Library’s Sora digital library app - select Whitmore High School and log in with your school username and password to start reading Patrice Lawrence’s Diver’s Daughter and books by our other World Book Day authors!
The Library enjoyed sharing World Book Day 2021 with Y7 students and we hope the encouragement our authors gave them will produce some novelists of our own in the future!