Author teaches chil­dren some story-telling skills

For­mer pupil now writes mag­i­cal tales of trolls and Vik­ings

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Break-ins - By He­len Fair­ley

Myth­i­cal tales of Vik­ings, trolls and magic were told as young writ­ers met an Ash­ford author in their school to in­spire their writ­ing.

Chil­dren from Willes­bor­ough Ju­nior School met Oskar Jensen, a for­mer Nor­ton Knatch­bull pupil, who held work­shops and read­ings with them.

Deputy head Ruth Runci­man said: “It’s quite key, I think, be­cause part of the rea­son was we wanted to in­spire the chil­dren that pupils that had gone to lo­cals schools had ended up do­ing ex­cit­ing things.

“He did a gen­eral talk about his books and how he be­came a writer and did work­shops about de­vel­op­ing char­ac­ters.

“The kids re­ally, re­ally en­joyed it and the chil­dren could buy and get them signed which was quite ex­cit­ing for them.”

Oskar, who is also a post doc­toral re­searcher at King’s Col­lege, Lon­don, has pub­lished two books so far aimed at older pri­mary school and young sec­ond- ary school chil­dren. His first two books called The Stones Of Win­ter and The Wild Hunt are part of a tril­ogy, with the third story in the pipeline. Mrs Runci­man added: “It’s based on sto­ries his grand­fa­ther told him when he was young about Vik­ing mythol- ogy. It’s re­ally good to have some­body come and in­spire them about writ­ing and look to their fu­tures.”

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Ash­ford author Oskar Jensen with pupils at Willes­bor­ough Ju­nior School

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