Stu­dents put test out their lit­er­acy skills

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

KING’S Stu­dents got some writ­ing tips from an ex­pert when a suc­cess­ful au­thor vis­ited the school.

Chil­dren’s writer Tim Bowler told pupils “You don’t ever mas­ter writ­ing; you just spend your whole life try­ing to do it bet­ter.”

Tim, who won the pres­ti­gious Carnegie Medal in 1997 for that year’s best chil­dren’s book ‘River Boy’, started writ­ing at the age of five, but was first pub­lished aged 40. He has now writ­ten 20 books, sold hun­dreds of thou­sands of copies world­wide, with his lat­est ‘The Night Run­ner’ win­ning him plau­dits as the mas­ter of the chil­dren’s psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller.

He said: “Many peo­ple have in­spired me. My mother, my fa­ther, my wife, my friends. The vast ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple you meet in life have some­thing in­spi­ra­tional about them and that is for you to dis­cover in your own life and re­la­tion­ships.”

Lisa Snook, King’s Foun­da­tion Li­brar­ian, said: “It was fas­ci­nat­ing to learn about the nuts and bolts of writ­ing from an es­tab­lished pro­fes­sional who lives and breathes the writ­ten word. Tim is a won­der­ful com­mu­ni­ca­tor both as a writer and a speaker and I know our boys and girls were in­spired by his se­ries of lec­tures.”

One pupil who didn’t need any en­cour­age­ment from Tim was Lau­ren Hay­ward.

The 15-year-old King’s School pupil beat young re­citers from top schools across Cheshire with her recital of three great po­ems in the pres­ti­gious Po­etry by Heart com­pe­ti­tion. She will now join up with 42 other county cham­pi­ons and travel to Homer­ton Col­lege Cam­bridge for the na­tional fi­nals.

Her achieve­ment was all the more spec­tac­u­lar as the com­pe­ti­tion was open to 15 to 18-year-olds and Lau­ren was one of the youngest in the com­pe­ti­tion and is likely to be the youngest com­peti­tor at the na­tional event.

Lau­ren, who wants to study English at uni­ver­sity and ul­ti­mately work in the me­dia, chose a pre 1914 poem by Wil­liam Wordsworth ‘The Soli­tary Reaper’, a post 1914 poem by W.S. Gra­ham ‘The Beast in the Space’ and her First World War poem ‘The Rain’ by Ed­ward Thomas, which she said was her favourite.

She said: “I re­ally en­joyed all the po­ems and felt I un­der­stood their com­pli­cated mean­ings and the wide range of emo­tions they cov­ered.

“That is the key; to fully un­der­stand each poem so you can put your­self in the place of the au­thor and be his or her mouth­piece.”

●● Tim Bowler, au­thor, vis­its King’s in Macclesfield, and inset, Lau­ren Hay­ward

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