Pupils in­spired by chil­dren’s au­thor

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

STUDENTS from across Mac­cles­field were given the op­por­tu­nity to meet a cel­e­brated teen au­thor when she vis­ited King’s.

Former agony aunt turned pro­lific au­thor Cathy Cas­sidy told young writ­ers all about her dream job in a spe­cial lec­ture.

Pupils from Fal­li­b­roome, All Hal­lows, Hurds­field Com­mu­nity Pri­mary and Rainow Pri­mary School were in­vited to join students at King’s Girls Divi­sion to meet Cathy.

For­merly a fic­tion edi­tor with Jackie and then agony aunt with Shout, Cathy told the students she had wanted to write books for the nine to 14 age range since she was that age her­self.

She said: “It’s my ab­so­lute per­fect job to write down my own day­dreams, make up my own char­ac­ters and sto­ries and then share them with chil­dren like your­selves all over the world.”

Born in Coven­try but hav­ing spent much of her life in the wilds of north­ern Scot­land and now living on the Wir­ral near where she went to art col­lege, Cathy has writ­ten some 27 books. They have been trans­lated into 29 lan­guages and have a truly global au­di­ence.

Her new book ‘The Bro­ken Hearts’ Club’ is told from the per­spec­tives of both a young girl and a young boy, each pro­tago- nist tak­ing chap­ters.

She said: “From the cover it looks like it is tar­geted at girls, but it is for boys too. I write about friend­ships, fit­ting in, grow­ing up, all the things that con­cerned me as a child and all the things I could recog­nise from suc­ces­sive those who wrote to me when I was an agony aunt.”

She had some sim­ple ad­vice for those want­ing to write: “Write some­thing ev­ery day; not just what your teach­ers ask you to do, but write some­thing for your­self.

“Like any job it takes a lot of prac­tice to do it re­ally well, but for me I en­joy the process of writ­ing each and ev­ery day.”

He­len Broadley, prin­ci­pal of King’s Girls’ Divi­sion, said: “As one would ex­pect of a writer who has reached out to so many chil­dren across the world, Cathy was able to en­gage and en­thuse her au­di­ence from the mo­ment she started speak­ing and we were very pleased to be able to share this ex­pe­ri­ence with our friends from fel­low Mac­cles­field schools.”

●● Cathy Cas­sidy with pupils from the five in­vited schools

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